Cowboy Poetry – Mountain Folk

Mountain Folk – Will photographing and exploring the Colorado Mountains as a professional western adventure writer and photographer you come to realize that the folks that live in the remote high country are sort of – let’s say different. They normally are folks for reasons of their own really don’t like people so they chose to distance themselves from folks like you and me. They will tolerate us for a short spell, but they really would rather be by themselves. They are and always will be the “Mountain Folk.”

Mountain Folk
You will learn in the mountains of Colorado – the folks are a different breed,
Some are city rejects, some were mountain natural born – all from a peculiar seed.

It is not the resorts or the big cities that the “mountain folk” live and reside,
But, the near ghost towns like Como, Russell Gulch, and Alma – live the certified.

Sort of comes naturally to make fun of those that live near the timberline high,
Been my experience – the thinner air makes their brain pans go slightly awry.

Mountain folk usually are as nervous as a cat in a room full of rockers,
When lost – and ask directions – you will find they are not a lot of talkers.

Finding a helpful mountain folk – is almost guaranteed it will be a long shot.
If you do get a talker, they mumble, “Don’t go gettin’ your knickers in a knot.”

Sure enough, they will point you down the road as they give you a lot of crap,
Spitting – then mutter, “You couldn’t find your ass with both hands and a map”

In the high timber I have seen mountain folk that would make coffee nervous,
Just a few minutes with the mountain folk – sure enough will leave you wordless.

God forbid if you happen to run your Jeep or 4-wheeler into a mountain ditch,
Along comes a mountain folk in a rusty truck – grumbling, “Gaul darn sum bitch.”

If you cuss a mountain folk they will stomp a mud hole in your ass and walk it dry,
Mountain folk gets meaner, off- kilter, and crazier the closer you get to the sky.

I know what has floated across your braincase, “He’s nuttier than a squirrel turd.”
You will have to excuse me – the thin mountain air here has my thinker blurred.
Kurt James

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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt James naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt James has become one of Colorado's prominent nature photographer's through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for Hubpages and Creative Exiles with the article's focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L'amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt's natural ability as a story teller. Kurt James "Rocky Mountain" historical fiction series of 3 books that provide western adventure of the early days of the Rocky Mountain frontier and his newly released "Thoughts and Poetry of a Wandering Man" - the (Uniquely Colorado edition) are available in print and download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. After releasing his novel "The Keegan Trail" in early 2018 Kurt is currently working on his next novel "The Daunting" hoping to release in in August 2018.
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Kurt James

Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt James naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt James has become one of Colorado's prominent nature photographer's through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for Hubpages and Creative Exiles with the article's focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L'amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt's natural ability as a story teller. Kurt James "Rocky Mountain" historical fiction series of 3 books that provide western adventure of the early days of the Rocky Mountain frontier and his newly released "Thoughts and Poetry of a Wandering Man" - the (Uniquely Colorado edition) are available in print and download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. After releasing his novel "The Keegan Trail" in early 2018 Kurt is currently working on his next novel "The Daunting" hoping to release in in August 2018.

10 thoughts on “Cowboy Poetry – Mountain Folk

  • January 20, 2018 at 9:40 PM
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    I do understand their penchant for privacy and a solitary life, those ‘Mountain Folk’. I guess some of us get comfortable with our own skin and are happy to be free enough to be alone. Nicely penned my friend.

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    • January 21, 2018 at 3:00 AM
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      Tony even though I make fun of the Mountain Folk in this tale – just like you I am much the same – thanks for stopping by my campfire.

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  • January 21, 2018 at 12:31 PM
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    Really enjoyed this. Made want to sit a spell with mountain folk and have some moonshine.

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    • January 21, 2018 at 1:12 PM
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      Thank you Rasma for stopping by my campfire and enjoying the tale and I saved you a tad bit of moonshine as well…

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  • January 21, 2018 at 1:41 PM
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    Great to read one of your poems again Kurt…a rather queer side of mountain folk, I guess..maybe they don’t like to socialize much and are rather interested in keeping themselves to themselves..a very enjoyable read and thank you so much for sharing..

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  • January 21, 2018 at 2:39 PM
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    Thanks for stopping by Anjana and glad you enjoyed reading my poem and tale.

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  • January 24, 2018 at 8:07 AM
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    Set in their ways, just like any of us. Outsiders unwelcome I guess. Definitely humorous to say the least Kurt. Nice work.

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  • June 20, 2018 at 7:59 AM
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    LOVED IT!! I can relate to this in so many ways. Many of my kin are mountain folk, in one way or another. One thing I have learned from them is that they have some entertaining stories to tell that make it darn near impossible to make up.
    When I was younger, I remember meeting Baxter Black in Buffalo Wyoming and thinking, “Wow! I would love to make up poetry like him.” That man has some talent. Reading your poem reminded me of that moment. Thanks, I laughed and loved it.

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    • June 20, 2018 at 8:09 AM
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      You know you just made my day Tammy – I love Baxter Black, but have never meet him. For you to think of me in the same context of Baxter is very humbling. Thank you for that and glad you could relate to this piece.

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