Runnin’ the Poles at Arkansas Junior Rodeo Event
Arkansas Junior Rodeo Event at Cave City
Today is day one of rodeo time.
I’ll watch the big horses spin on a dime.
I’ll see the rope in my grandsons’ strong hands
go ’round a calf’s head in Cowboy Land.
The hooves of the horses will stir the dust.
It’s grandsons’ goal “Take home trophy” or bust.
The sun is hot. Cowboy hats in place.
A smile is plastered to each cowboy’s face.
Cowgirls also compete in this event.
It’s a day worthwhile–it’s a day well-spent.
Team ropin’, tie goats, the poles, break away;
bull ridin’, mutton bustin’, through the day.
Grand entry, the pledge, and a time to pray.
Cowboy Church sponsors the Rodeo Day.
Copyright 2013, Freeda Baker Nichols
Tex, his shadow and the Cowboy
once owned this big quarter horse–
Cowboy owns him now
rancher called him BOB
the brand is for Big Old Boy–
Cowboy named him Tex
nostrils flare and snort
ground shakes with thunder of hooves–
Tex the quarter horse
bridled and saddled
Big Old Tex wins the barrels–
young boy’s dream-come-true
Brand is for Big Old Boy
c Copyright 2012, Freeda Baker Nichols
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