Writers on the Web by John West

By John West

John West

Cowboys get your gear, branding time is near

A cowboy’s life we learn, a branding iron to burn

Like a cow without a brand, a rustler on your land

Round up on the range


There’s a long horn on the loose, go rope him quickly with a noose

Now drag him out the damp, shoo him back to camp

If you loose the rope too soon, he’ll take off to the moon

Long horn running loose, yeah


Cowboy you gotta love your horse, go rub him down each night of course

Feed him oats and grain, keep him out the rain

Your life depends on him, together ride the rim

Cowboy love your horse, yeah

John West
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John West

Retired school teacher. Live 6 months on Bainbridge Island, WA, 6 months in Scottsdale, AZ. Grew up in Santa Monica, CA. Hobbies beside writing are golf, chain saw carving, cowboy fast draw. I write cowboy poetry, short stories, non-fiction. Check out my web site jwgoodreads.com

14 thoughts on “Writers on the Web by John West

  • July 23, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    This is fantastic! I love this version you have created about cowboys and horses 🙂 I like it all, but especially got a thrill over the words “Cowboy you gotta love your horse, go rub him down each night of course”… This got me laughing because it’s so matter-of-fact…haha. Excellent!


  • July 23, 2017 at 7:56 PM

    I like your cowboy and his horse version of the song, John. It follows the beat of the song perfectly and was a delightful subject. Good work.

  • July 23, 2017 at 8:34 PM

    Gotta love this cowboy version, a cowboys best friend is his horse, so gotta love your horse. Well done John, I enjoyed it.

  • July 23, 2017 at 11:38 PM

    Thanks for the positive comments. The title “Riders on the storm” sent me straight to riders on the range. I have some ‘Cowboy Poetry’, I will post later, love the old west.

  • July 29, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Good job Tamara, creative and fun. Have read my short story, ‘Marshallville’? You might find that fun.

  • August 14, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Hello John, this was an awesome take. The rhythm to this song is perfect for your version, fits absolutely beautifully. I was right there with the cattle, riding along. Great take! I really enjoyed it. 🙂


  • August 14, 2017 at 8:34 PM

    Thanks Mel. I appreciate the positive vibe.


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