Broke to Ride bout rimes



Storm clouds rolling over the cattle drive.

Off of drag, I’m pushing bush on the side,

gotta get em gathered an’ bedded ‘afore night.

He said he’d save supper, but Cookie lied.

It’s a  life, but no living on this cowboy wage.

Preacher comes ’round askin who’s saved.

I’m fixing that Mexican bridle Sam made.

Crow warrior, blood red hand print on his face

going home slow, spirits wounds to nurse.

Singing songs of heaven and home in church

it makes this longing to see my family worse.

Buck sips his whiskey, squints and purse

his lips together, spat some tobacco juice back

an said, “We come to far boys, to go back to that!”


Tony at dVerse has us playing with a word list for bout rime poetry. I had to head back to my cowboy poetry and cowboy roots to share a bit of a night rider and campfire lament. Enjoy, or even better dally up and rope yerself some courage and try your hand at this fun form!


  1. Tony Maude said,

    February 14, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Am I allowed to shout “Yee Haaa” and whoop a lot, or is that undignified? Nice job, Shanyn; you’ve woven a fine cowboy tale from an unlikely starting point … smiles

  2. brian miller said,

    February 14, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    ha. nice bit of cowboy poetry…little slices and glimpses…seeing that warrior making his way home….there is an allure to this life for me…there are some points of it that we are better for not going back too…i bet that first nation could attest to that…

  3. February 14, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Great to see that longing home .. a cowboy poetry works so well when you get your hands in them… quite far from those Rosettlis .. but great and well done

  4. February 14, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    The longing of the cowboy… it creates a human picture of the narrator and brings him close to reality.
    Great job. I liked that you went for the cowboy poetry. You do it really well.

  5. February 14, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Great GREAT cowboy poem. Very clever use of the words. You made this an entirely unique story. It flowed quite easily from point to point and there was no strain at all to the end words.

  6. claudia said,

    February 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    oh i enjoyed your night rider and campfire lament… very cool cowboy poetry shanyn

  7. February 14, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I love that you approached it with a cowboy theme, unique and well penned.

  8. ds said,

    February 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed this. “Cookie lied” “It’s a life but no living on this cowboy wage”. Felt I was right there on the trail. Thank you.

  9. grapeling said,

    February 15, 2014 at 1:01 am

    excellent, Shan ~

  10. Bryan Ens said,

    February 15, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Nice piece of cowboy poetry!

  11. Mason Moore said,

    February 15, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Could I have your approval to publish this on twitter?

  12. kaykuala said,

    February 16, 2014 at 7:30 am

    A cowboy story will invariably involve horses. Wonderful take, Shanyn! !


  13. vbholmes said,

    February 16, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    You’ve drawn a vivid picture of the cowboy’s nomadic life and his longing for home–well done.

  14. Abhra Pal said,

    February 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Great to see the different colors of cowboy poetry – you used the rhymes well. Cool poem.

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