The beauty of the poem is often its ability to distill a mood, a scene, or a fraction of time into a small space on the page. This week’s Badgerblog selection does just that—transforming the long, rough ride of the cowboy and his herd into a brief but beautiful and exhausted expression. Congratulations to Benjamin on this poetic achievement (inspired by artwork in the Blanton Museum of Art) … and a very Texas poem, to boot!
Cowboys rope the cow
and have a hard time with them.
The longhorn cattle go a long way.
After a long, tough ride,
the cowboys get to market.
Their faces half covered in dust,
the cowboys ride home.
Benjamin, fifth grade, Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp
Photo by Mary R. Vogt.