I've always loved the old West and its free-spirited characters. I hope that you enjoy my poem, the film clips, and cowboy tunes.
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-
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.
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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Lora Hollings (author) on November 25, 2019:
Thanks for stopping by and for your insightful comment, Brenda. I totally agree with you! Opposites do attract and I think the woman in the poem ultimately decides that a life without risk is probably no life at all! Love is a risk and so is life. But the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing at all!
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 25, 2019:
They often say opposites attract. Maybe there is something to it.
Each one can offer a new insight. Probably one lustful love...hot to see the other side.
Love your videos and stories with each one.
Robert Sacchi on March 23, 2019:
I like this poem about a person who is attracted to an apparent opposite. I think your background explanation explains much about relationships between people. Nicely executed.
Lora Hollings (author) on November 01, 2018:
Thanks Mark for stopping by and leaving your comment. I am complimented that you found my article to be a tribute to the American cowboy. And I love the vintage Westerns too. Must be that cowboy spirit in me! Thanks for your suggestion. I'll have to check it out.
Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on November 01, 2018:
A great tour of the American cowboy. Love the old black and white Westerns. Also, check out Godless if you haven’t already.
Lora Hollings (author) on August 15, 2018:
Thank you John for dropping by and for your comment. I’m glad that you enjoyed my poem and the music videos too. It is hard not to find cowboys with their indomitable spirit and a yearning to be free of society’s constraints, appealing. I was just old enough to remember the Roy Rogers show, too, especially the song featured at the beginning of the show, “Happy Trails to You” which became the song he and his wife, Dale Evans, became so well known for.
Lora Hollings (author) on August 15, 2018:
Thank you so much Tim for stopping by and reading my article. Your thoughtful comment really touches on the theme of this poem, "The Cowgirl Poet," depicting the irony of two people very attracted to one another and indeed imprisoned by their own ideas and commitment to a lifestyle rather than allowing themselves to be free to follow their heartfelt emotions and live in the present moment. Yes, my family liked Bonanza too and it was a show that we looked forward to watching together every Sunday night. I love to watch reruns of the old Westerns as they bring back such fond memories!
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 15, 2018:
Wow, Lora, what a delightful and wonderfully written poem. I enjoyed the whimsical nature of it as well. Who love westerns and cowboys. The music videos accompanying are great too. I am just old enough o remember the Roy Rogers Show from TV as well. Overall excellent work and I look forward to reading more of your poetry.
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on August 15, 2018:
Excellent, Lora. I am impressed with your beautiful use of language to explore the power of love. I particularly like the irony you presented - two people wanting to be free to love but imprisoned by the ideas and lifestyles that they think gives them that freedom.
I loved the Old westerns on television. The Lone Ranger was my favorite followed closely by Bonanza, with the adventures of the Cartwrights bringing my family to the tube.
Superb literary work, Lora.
Thank you for sharing such a masterful piece.
Abigail Copeland on May 08, 2018:
This is such a powerful poem. It resonates with me in particular. I remember having similar feelings as a young girl and this story mirrors an experience I had in my own life. It is amazing how poems and stories can draw memories out of nowhere. This piece is beautifully written, and I thank you for sharing it with us.
Jackson Chambers on May 08, 2018:
Wow! This work is an excellent piece. The theme of love is pronounced and their is a moving story developing between a woman and wild cowboy. It really shows the power within one's own heart. Your use of pictures and video only add to the story. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Nickolas Smith on May 08, 2018:
This is a wonderful poem. I shared it with a few friends who I'm sure will enjoy it. It conveys such a strong message about love and celebrating life. It reminds me to pursue the spirit of the cowboy in my own life. I need to do that more and channel their spirit.
Nancy Byrne on May 07, 2018:
This poem made my day and the reason is simple. The message shared in the poem is one that resonates with all who know that they can’t do away with love. Love is a force that breaks barriers and brings down cultural limitations. This poem is worth sharing to all, and those in a relationship would also find it helpful.
Eliz Ben on May 07, 2018:
The Lady and The Cowboy is something else, Lora did put up a mind-blowing piece. The mix of oxymoron is also captivating and the words were well selected. I won’t also fail to comment on the music collection, I guess that was also a great source of inspiration to the piece you wrote. I’m also looking forward to writing creative poems just like you do without struggle.
Sherlyn Chambless on May 01, 2018:
Wonderful depiction of force of love! The poet very well described how an elegant lady falls in love with simple cowboy. Initial part of the poem describes the preferences of the lady who doesn’t like rough people like cowboys, but in the last part of the poem, she is flown away with strong emotions of love for the same cowboy. I fully support poet’s views about love! Great poem!
Fred Sims on April 30, 2018:
This is a rare poetic masterpiece which is highly recommended to those who are in search of a perfect relationship. I recon thoughts and perceptions play a vital role in improving relationship bond. What I conceived from this poem is very strong message; we should celebrate every moment on our life and prefer to choose a partner whose personality goes perfect with yours. The preferences of cowgirl are clear and depict his personality very well. She is delicate and likes to be loved gently! Thank you Lora for writing such an awesome poem for us!
Ashley Wilcox on April 29, 2018:
The best read of the day so far! The title captured my attention and I couldn’t stop myself until I finished reading it. Your symbolic approach for The lady and the cowboy is appealing and gives a very strong message to everyone. I am definite, that your masterpiece will receive huge appreciation and acknowledgement.
Frank Armstrong on April 29, 2018:
Hello Lora, I am really impressed with your poetry. My wife compelled me to post a positive note on your page to wish you best of luck for your upcoming literary works. Keep on writing for us. You are a real gem.
Lisa Bieri Eggen on April 28, 2018:
Every woman that has literary sense always thinks about prince charming or cowboy like characters and when I was a school going child, I always had such thought. Your poetry has awaken such feelings again. Very well written poem indeed!
Lora Hollings (author) on April 24, 2018:
Thank you for your awesome comment Maria. You express yourself so well and your analysis of this poem goes to the very heart of it. It captures the essence of what this poem’s meaning is all about and I love what you say about poetry and nature. I couldn’t agree more with your statement: "that nature has true poetry within." Nature can set us free and open our minds to new thoughts, feelings, and a deeper awareness much like poetry and set us free to follow our heart’s desire.
Nature also reminds us every day that life is short and death awaits us all and that each moment is truly precious as we will never get it back again. We need to listen to our inner most voice and let it be our guide. As you say, "just rush to experience life and love while you still can,” for life is a gift and so is love... and being aware of it.
Maria Chakava on April 24, 2018:
Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful poetry, Lora.
A cowboy is a free spirit. Untamed and unruly. His love is just as rough and wild as his spirit. And it’s really interesting how the girl says that she wants to be a poet. But she doesn’t think that a poet is also a wild spirit, close to nature. Nature has true poetry within. It sets you free and lets your imagination run wild. The girl has dreams “up there in the starry sky”. But stars are brighter in the countryside where the cowboy is waiting for her. And she will come because she wants to experience life to its fullest “before it is gone”. It actually makes me feel a little sad that they have to part at the end. But that’s how life is. There’s nothing you can really do about it. Just rush to experience life and love while you still can. While you’re still young and a wild spirit. When you really think about it, this poem has many layers. I really love it!
And the songs that you chose to illustrate the poem really help set the right mood. I’m not that familiar with the cowboy culture so it was interesting to discover it through poetry and music.
Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on April 24, 2018:
We all have an inner cowboy. A cowboy lives life on his own terms.Thanks for the lovely poem reminding me of that.
Emil S Tanner on April 17, 2018:
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.
alexandere7 on April 17, 2018:
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.....
iamAllanPoe on April 17, 2018:
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.
selarrykclark on April 17, 2018:
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.
selarrykclark on April 17, 2018:
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".
mollikan on April 17, 2018:
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!
Mitchell MIchale on April 16, 2018:
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.
John The Ripper on April 15, 2018:
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. :-)
Andre C Smith from Fresno, CA on April 15, 2018:
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
ninadschwartz on April 15, 2018:
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.
Alan K Tyler from USA on April 15, 2018:
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!
Alexandere458 on April 15, 2018:
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.
Lora Hollings (author) on April 15, 2018:
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.
Virginia R Reed from Columbia, MO, USA on April 15, 2018:
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. :)
cheskaj on April 14, 2018:
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. :)
anirich on April 12, 2018:
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.
Becky Tim on April 12, 2018:
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.
Anita Blossom on April 12, 2018:
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.
Lora Hollings (author) on April 06, 2018:
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.
Lauren on April 06, 2018:
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.
Lora Hollings (author) on April 05, 2018:
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.
Lora Hollings (author) on April 05, 2018:
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.
Michael W Rickard on April 05, 2018:
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.
Halyna Ryfyak on April 05, 2018:
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!
Sam on April 04, 2018:
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.
Kevin Moore on April 04, 2018:
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!