The Lady and The Cowboy

Updated on April 3, 2018

I hope that you enjoy the following poem, "The Cowgirl Poet." It is about a lady who has a more intellectual nature attracted to someone who is quite different than herself in this respect and so remains aloof from him. But by the end of the poem, she realizes that they are alike in spirit for she has just as strong a desire to be free and independent as he and thus the name, the “Cowgirl Poet.”

The Cowgirl Poet

Oh, Mr. dad-blamed
I want none of your profane-
Me, a Midwestern gal, who's used
to much tamer places
and unwithered faces;
not a man whose hands are as rough
as his way with words...
No red lipped fluesy am I...
that hangs out in saloons and waits for some guy.

Why, I went to finishing school
and have dreams up there in the starry sky…
moonlit nights with my mind
in rhapsodic trance with verse...
that is where my passion lies.

A poet is who I long to be…
whose works are judged profound,
and mentioned with such company...
as Bishop, Cather and Pound.

Not in wearing a plunging neckline
with painted lips,
to attract Mr. buckaroo boy.
Away, on the open plain
into the clouds, he rides
and one can hear the sound
of hooves as they meet the ground...
and soon he is out of sight.

Give me the hustling, bustling pace of the city
so I can lose myself...
into another place of existence.
Yes, Mr. Urbane who enchants me
with his sophistication and worldly wisdom,
who has tried many professions
and has a different vision.

I can't defer to buckaroo boys who drink and kiss hard.
It is the life of the intellect-
fervid romance
with the softness of words... that I prefer,
and the sweet little mementos on my desk
from one who has been brought up in a manner
that speaks of gentility and tranquility.
Not destined to become the lady
of a cowboy knight riding on his bronco
under a bold moon...
alone in his world.

Yet there is a part of me,
sympathetic to a desire to be so free-
away from the crowds and the city lights,
and instead of the din of a siren howling...
a coyote’s faint cry
which can be heard in the still... desert night.

Maybe we are alike- you and I,
a longing to roam this earth
and be free of constraints…
to feel the breadth and depth of life before it is gone.
Yes, you and me,
dancing under a silvery moon,
to the strains of an old cowboy’s tune
before we finally... part.

-Lora Hollings

This song sung by Waylon Jennings depicts the spirit of the Cowboy and his compelling need to be free. In that respect, cowboys remind of poets who also have a strong desire to be free to think and write their thoughts and sometimes lead an unconventional lifestyle.

Mama's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys

“Don’t Fence Me In” sung by Roy Rogers is all about the cowboy or cowgirl spirt.


Roy Rogers sings "DON'T FENCE ME IN" in "Hollywood Canteen" with TRIGGER

I think that we all identify at times with the American cowboy and his freedom to ride away on his horse and live in a closer relationship with nature. The cowboy is uniquely American and is a kind of symbol for America and what it stands for- to be free to follow your heart and dreams. Maybe that’s why we like to watch TV shows and movies about them. The following is the beginning and ending of the famous Roy Rogers show which was very popular in the fifties and which always closed with Roy and Dale’s great duet theme song, “Happy Trails."

THE ROY ROGERS SHOW- Happy Trails To You

Symphonic Works Depicting the Cowboy Spirit

Aaron Copeland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later a conductor of his own and other American music. Much of his music is typical of what many people consider to be the sound of American music with its slow changing harmonies evoking the vast American landscape and its spirit. His works include the Appalachian Spring Suite, and the ballets: Billy the Kid and Rodeo. When you listen to these compositions, they create images of the American landscape with its vast openness, beauty, and the cowboy spirit.

Billy the Kid by Aaron Copland

Rodeo by Aaron Copland

Appalachian Spring Suite by Aaron Copland

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      Emil S Tanner 5 days ago

      This poem is a romance novel in just a few words. Glad to view your passion into this beautiful poem. Hoping for happiness for you in the days to come.

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      alexandere7 5 days ago

      Hi Lora, so glad I got the opportunity to read this captivating poem about a Midwestern gal. Your poem and over all hub deserves a standing ovation with honor. Your poem deserves all the accolades there are for expressing such warmth for Cowgirl feelings.....

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      AudreyK4557 5 days ago from United States

      How you doing? I really like the way you write this "The Lady and The Cowboy". Thanks for the informative post, I learned a lot from your article. Boost Up!

      Regards

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      iamAllanPoe 5 days ago

      Your poetic art captures the transcendent exhilaration of the our relationship perfectly. Otherworldly, all consuming, real in the moment, but is it real?

      I think this experience is the consuming, but transitory epitome. It can be like a drug and I wonder if the rush of brain chemicals are more the addiction than the object of desire. Mesmerizing, inspiring, thought provoking, excellent piece, Winsome, and your poetry is a masterpiece.

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      selarrykclark 5 days ago

      I love your writing on "The Lady and The Cowboy". Your post is very much helpful and informative. Keep up the good work and present us your best.

      Regards

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      selarrykclark 6 days ago

      Hey,

      I am fan of you blog, it helps me to improve my study. Thanks for presenting such nice and great informative article named "The Lady and The Cowboy".

      Cheers

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      mollikan 6 days ago

      How you doing lora? I really like the way you write this poem. Thanks for such a nice post, I learned a lot from this article. Boost Up!

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      Archiek 6 days ago

      Hello,

      You have posted a nice and informative article named The Lady and The Cowboy, I learn a lot from your post. Go ahead, keep up the good work.

      Regards

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      Mitchell MIchale 7 days ago

      I had to read through over and over again! I've always loved to put words together in such a way. I wish I could recite the poem without having to read. Great work, Lora. I love the poem.

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      John The Ripper 7 days ago

      Lora, your heart is pulsating with such warm love that I have no matching words to describe it. I love this beautiful poem and the concluding words-'' Give me the hustling, bustling pace of the city

      so I can lose myself... into another place of existence. '' are such awesome that they'll resonate feelings in my heart. Lovely poetry, my friend. Thank you and all peace and happiness. :-)

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      Andre C Smith 7 days ago from Fresno, CA

      Beautiful tribute to the emotional appeal of a woman. Her lover's response is due to her ability to have him share her heart. "Her emotional forays . . . splash color . . . and a sparkle." Well done!

      - Andre C Smith

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      ninadschwartz 7 days ago

      Yesterday we were thinking of as many oxymorons as possible and today TAH DAH your poem. Just to raise a smile we came up with working lunch, politically correct, army intelligence and student teacher. well it made me smile. Fall in Loved this with this Cowgirl already.

      With thanks and appreciation.

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      alanktyler 7 days ago

      I have a different interpretation, always felt 'they' the speakers for humanity, they who cry out in the name of the collective but are in fact some minority, some individual of it. They, public teachers, ignore the most basic and fundamental part of the speech and of the pome as well as songs. The reason why I believe to be like a cowboy is the most important soliloquy in Western Literature. The words could be said this very second and.... Billy the Kid is the best creation.

      By the way.... keep up the good work lora!

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      Alexandere458 7 days ago

      Good work, Lora Hollings. Waylon Jennings has always been my favorite poet. Your comparison with of the classic "Mama's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" with the Faust legend is fascinating. While Waylon fatal flaw was his inability to make up his mind, which many view as a major weakness, I admire him for trying, at least, to be sure his revenge is taken judiciously. In my opinion, this kind of confusion is the human condition. We have it today, especially in the current senario.

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      Lora Hollings 8 days ago

      I'm so glad that you enjoyed my hub and found that the songs enhanced your appreciation of "The Cowgirl Poet." Thank you for your wonderful comment.

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      Virginia R Reed 8 days ago from Columbia, MO, USA

      I Love Wailon Jennings and his writtings a lot! And when I found Lora Hollings "The Cowgirl Poet" (Thanks to Lora Hollings) i feel like Midwestern gal.... and i wish to be free like her.... and i know a Mr. Urbane who has tried many professions and has a different vision.....

      Thanks for the Poem. :)

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      cheskaj 9 days ago

      This gives off that giddy feeling that love happens in the most unexpected times and at the most unexpected of places! How the girl slowly fell for the cowboy, finding that there is similarity in the midst of their differences. It's free for interpretation for everyone but that's how I take it! I think that's what makes poems great, the poet is free to creatively express himself while the readers are there to appreciate the beauty of the art.

      I've never heard some of these songs but they definitely give off that "feely" vibe! Great addition that you add more vibes to the poem with the follow up songs. :)

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      anirich 11 days ago

      This is a lovely poem, it makes me move by the reality of what the poem is all about. The writer must have study the nature of human and how things are getting right through imagination. The cowgirl poet is a must for everybody. I really appreciate Lora Hollings for this.

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      Becky Tim 11 days ago

      The Lady and The Cowboy deserves huge publicity because it contains an invaluable message that can help many to improve their interpersonal relationship.

      Really enjoy the images used, there wasn’t any bright side in the first image, but the second image had both individuals with a jovial disposition and the introduction of the white color that signals improvement. Good concept.

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      Anita Blossom 11 days ago

      Quite an interesting piece. I caught myself laughing at the line where you spoke about the rough hands of the man that is same as his way with words.

      Aaron Copeland had a right mix of impressive harmonies. I guess I must have missed some cool music, thanks for sharing this. That cowboy spirit needs not to be taken with a pinch of salt because it is a source of inspiration to many. Nice piece.

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      Lora Hollings 2 weeks ago

      Michael,

      I’m so glad that you liked my hub and thank you for taking the time to express your throughts in an in-depth analysis of the poem and your insightful interpretation of the emotions, the thoughts, and the character of the lady in the poem. It is true that in the end she does choose to let her heart govern her actions rather than staying on a course which maybe more conventional and with what she is familiar with. But, life and love is full of risk and if you never venture beyond your comfort zone then you risk never expanding your boundaries and perhaps finding greater happiness. For a poet, freedom is also an essential part of the creative process in the expression of one’s ideas, thoughts, and feelings. It is as vital to the spirit of the poet as it is to the cowboy.

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      Lauren 2 weeks ago

      This work is an excellent themed poem depicting the atypical love of a sophisticated and eloquent lady who never believed she could fall for a “crude and wild” cowboy. This happenstance is a rare occurrence in our society which has drawn an imaginary line between different classes.

      The author, Lora, did a great work invoking a symbolism showing this strange love in the heart of the readers. Who would’ve thought a stylish lady as mentioned in the poem would fall for a simple cowboy. The author goes ahead here to showcase that affairs of the heart are sometimes not subject to our prejudice as humans.

      The proceeding of the poem is another thing that caught my mind. The poem started with the Lady presenting herself as one who’s happy enjoying the glamorousness of the city life. She was happy and contented. Towards the middle, she found her love for the Cowboys and eventually fell in love with a cowboy against her initial desires.

      I’d say I’m satiated with the author’s poetic offering in “The Cowgirl Poet.” She plays on the readers' emotions with her style and use of poetic devices. She ends up creating in our mind a picture that there’s a chance of love even in the most unrelated personalities.

      Great poem. I look forward to reading more of your poetic works.

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      Lora Hollings 2 weeks ago

      Thank you Halyna for your very thoughtful comment and compliment. Yes, I agree with you! We often get so caught up in society’s definition of success that we loose sight of what really makes us happy and it’s not trying to be something we aren’t or live up to the expectations of others. Remaining true to ourselves and what we value is the path we need to choose. Being free to pursue our own dreams and feeling free to be ourselves also can enable us to see and appreciate what others can bring to our lives as well.

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      Lora Hollings 2 weeks ago

      Thank you Sam for leaving such an awesome comment! I’m glad that you could make an emotional connection with this poem. Initially, someone can seem very different than ourselves, but if we just get to know them, instead of putting alot of defenses up, we may see many qualities about them that we have in common and if we just give them a chance, a new friendship or even something deeper may evolve. As you put it so aptly, life’s intricacies... can sometimes work in mysterious ways.

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      Michael W Rickard 2 weeks ago

      Lora, I think the pictures and videos are a nice addition to your poem. Technology brings us new ways to present our works so I think it’s helpful to give some atmosphere regarding cowboys and the cowboy lifestyle. Naturally, the poem itself is where the heart of your story is, and I think you capture the persona well.

      The speaker presents a persona who is quite sure of herself, considering herself a rational woman with particular tastes and expectations. I appreciate how the speaker establishes the persona’s rigid nature through a variety of poetic tools including rhyme and allusion. The first stanza also employs our cultural ideas of cowboy language “dad-blamed” rhyming it with “profane.” The lines “to much tamer places/and unwithered faces” also catches the ear not only because of the rhyme, but because it evokes the cowboy songs of artists such as Roy Rogers. The speaker’s allusions to Bishop, Cather and Pound fill things out in stanza three as she establishes her literary credentials.

      The speaker’s imagery captivates the rider with the persona’s slow seduction at the romantic aspects of cowboy life and her similarities with the cowboy. For example,

      “Away, on the open plain

      into the clouds, he rides

      and one can hear the sound

      of hooves as they meet the ground.”

      Is marvelous imagery thanks to your language. There’s no doubt the poem’s persona is beginning to appreciate the cowboy’s freedom and spirit. She has her own love of the urbane, but her final acknowledgement:

      “Yes, you and me,

      dancing under a silvery moon,

      to the strains of an old cowboy’s tune

      before we finally... part.”

      The persona realizes her time with the cowboy will be magical and unlike anything she has ever experienced. However, she also realizes it will be fleeting, but she seems willing to give up the regimented life to experience something with no guarantees.

      Overall, the poem’s structure and use of poetic devices makes for a poem that gives the reader time to challenge the promise of a sure thing vs. the uncertainty of stepping out of one’s comfort zone. I think the speaker also suggests that a life of freedom is not confined to cultural norms. A cowboy can be free, but so can a poet who does not let societal norms restrict their expression. “The Cowgirl Poet” is a compelling ride through the speaker’s mind.

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      Halyna Ryfyak 2 weeks ago

      I like this poem because it’s got a lot of truth in its message. And I think, poetry has to be truthful. Just like the cowboy poet, we try to deny our true nature and live for the ideal that we’ve got dreamed up in our imagination. We strive to achieve it but that’s not what we really need. Deep down we want to be free and wild just like this girl dares to admit to herself in the end. It’s thought to believe that we need the sophisticated urban way of life but our spirit remains wild and untamed. I really love the contrast between the city guy and the cowboy from the desert that you show here. It really makes you think. Keep up the good work! I hope to read more of your poems soon!

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      Sam 2 weeks ago

      This is all shades of beautiful. Such a nice poem. I instantly had some kinda emotional connect reading through. Typical me. It does feel weird when the other person of attraction is next to everything opposite of your personality/person. However, that might just be at the surface, for when you look deeper like the Lady discovered, 'our spirits are alike'. Life's intricacies...

      To be free to follow your heart and dreams is the beauty of existence. Never gonna trade this privilege for anything or allow anybody take it from me.

      I love The Cowgirl Poet.

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      Kevin Moore 2 weeks ago

      Saddle up for a magnificent hub... I was greatly impressed with the poetic prowess of Lora Hollings in "The Cowgirl Poet." Not only has she captured the Cowboy spirit of the west but she has revealed how often we think people are different and yet upon deeper reflection we realize we have things in common. Thank you for sharing!

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