In Lament Of The Cowboy

A scant twenty years,
  grieved a century or more

Poetically perfect,
  in spirit and lore

A man and his horse,
  out riding the range

The cattle his instruments,
  and music to play

Civil War veterans and blacks
  from the South

Through dust and dark clouds,
—snowy blizzards that mount

Together they battled,
  in concert they fought

Each unto himself,
  life’s harmony caught

The hardship and death,
  to him worth the price

Pushing always ahead,
  his past now contrite
 
The only thing telling,
  to be left at the end

Was the legend he gave us,
  —and the message it sends

(Villanova Pennsylvania: February, 2017)
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Kurt Philip Behm

Longtime writer with twelve books in publication. Three of them Poetry. : The Death Of The Playground : The Sword Of Ichiban : Searching For Crazy Horse : Darkening Sun : An Anthology Of Perception-Vol's 1 & 2 : After Midnight : Sammy And Bumpers : The Fall City Mandate : Revenge Along The War Trail : Death from The Sky more…

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