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A Happy Cowboy

Story ID:7935
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1990
Person:Chelsea Kansas Kid
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A Happy Cowboy

A Happy Cowboy

I knew a happy cowboy
Lived just off highway 13
His name was Wilbur Countryman
He was tan and lean

The horse he was riding
Oh that horse was a beauty
Wilbur rode her proudly
That horse held her head high, kinda snooty.

Every Fourth of July
Wilbur had a rodeo
On his ranch in Cassoday
It became quite a show.

On one Fourth of July
Wilbur raced his quarter horse
Against a thoroughbred
On a two block course

That quarter horse of Wilbur’s won
On the short course of course
The thoroughbred was just getting warmed up
The thoroughbred lost of course.

Out in the arena
Bull riding was beginning
The first one out of the chute
Threw his rider and I thought that was the ending

Of the rider because
The bull whirled and stomped the rider’s face
Cut both cheeks of the rider, while on his back
The rider staggered over to the watering place

Washed the blood off his face
Took a double shot of redeye
Went back to the chute
Gave that bull another try.

Wilbur talked kinda rough
Used many epithets, kinda bold
But this rough talking happy cowboy
Had a heart of gold.

Our farmhouse burned one night
Wilbur called Dad right away
Wayne he said you know where the key is
Go to my house and stay

I’ll be back from my ranch in Texas
The latter part of the week
Food in the pantry
Plenty for you to eat

Got that extra bedroom
You know which one I mean
Get some bedding
It’s all washed and clean.

Dad was in his eighty’s
Lost everything dear to him
In the burning of the farmhouse
Future looked mighty dim.

Wilbur the happy cowboy
Dad a wheat farmer, you see
Dad died a short time later
Wilbur made Dad as happy as could be.

For your kindness to an old friend
Wilbur Countryman “The Happy Cowboy”
Enough good words cannot be said
I want to thank you, thank you, thank you
For taking care of my Dad.

Monte L. Manka 04-01-12