Yesterday marked a monumental day in history when one of the great American author and poets of our time, Maya Angelou, at the age of 86, passed away. Known for her soul-stirring written works that appealed to many, she is often quoted as saying, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Wise words to remember!
In fact, we have been inspired to read the works of many other aspiring Texas poets of today. We are proud to say there is a whole network for Texas Cowboy Poetry and song-writers! Like western folk musicians Allan Chapman and his wife Rodeo Kate, or accomplished mandolinist as well as a cowboy, Cody Milner. A mandolinist AND cowboy?! That’s our kinda guy!
We love this Texas-inspired poetry written by Eric Ode.
By Eric Ode
“Hold up just a minute, boys,”
said Sheldon with a shout.
“I think there’s something in my boot,
so let me dump it out.”
He clambered from his horse’s back
and sat beneath a willow.
And there inside his cowboy boot
he found an armadillo.
“Well, blow me down!” the cowboy said.
“I knew that things were wrong.
I hope, my friend, you don’t intend
to stay there very long.”
“I wouldn’t dare,” the critter said,
“for near as I can tell,
I might survive the crowded fit,
but surely not the smell!”
Hope that gave you a Texas-sized chuckle! We love the artists out there writing about all things Texas. It is a great way to make sure that the heart of Texas last a lifetime through the written word. You should give it a try! Even if it’s something short and sweet that your family writes over a meal. Poetry just has to be from the heart! What kind of Texas poetry do you like? We’d love to hear it!