Cowboy Poetry: “We Were Them” by Steve Lucas

This poem describes the aging cowboy and the things he's been through.

We were them, way back then

Kids among the white haired men.

They’d been us, but they’d been poor

First the depression, then the war  

 

Steamy, Carl, Calvin, Jack

All tellin’ tales of times back

In the days when they were young

Bad wrecks, good women, buckles won.  

 

Scoffing at our lives of ease,

Called us cowboy wannabees.

But taught us how to make top hand

And the importance of ridin’ for the brand.  

 

And now we are the white haired men,

Recollecting ‘bout how it was when

We were young and times were tough

The young boys seldom do enough  

 

For us to give the praise they seek

To toughen them, we call them weak

Schooling them on the when and how

For when they are who we are now.

 

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