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The Legend of Cowboy Joe
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This was last weeks challenge article. Alas, it didn't win....oh well, try and try again, right?
The Legend of Cowboy Joe
A long time ago lived an ole cowpoke
Everybody know'ed him as "Cowboy Joe"
Now they's a legend 'bout that cowboy
Folks say strange thangs happened, long ago
Joe rode an' ole mare named of Glory
An she'uz with him everwhere he went
He said she use ta be the finest cuttin' horse
But nowaday's her old legs are slow and bent
Now Cowboy Joe wuz quite a roper, too
I heard tell he could even rope up the wind!
Youngun's clapped when he pulled out his lariat
An Ole Joe'd rope em an' den he jist grinned
Joe jist showed up in town one day
Nobody know'ed where he'd come from
Den he started preachin' bout Jesus Christ
And how He'uz God's only'est begotten Son
Now back den I was jist a young'un myself
Why, I could'na ben more'n six er seven
But Ole Cowboy Joe got my attention
When he went to preachin' bout goin' ta heaven
Ole Joe'd be talkin' bout his Jesus
And dem tears jist rolled down his eyes
He'd say "tha Lord's a coming back soon y'all
He's gonna be comin' down outta dem skies!
He'll be a ridin' a mighty white stallion
An' He'll come take all His chil'ren on home
Me an ole Glory'll be goin' up thare with Him
An' on dem plains up in the heaven's we'll roam"
Some folks thought Ole Joe wuz crazy
Said he done lost his senses many years ago
Why, they told of him burnin' down his own house!
After his wife left him fer a feller with some dough
She took off with Joe's two little youngun's
Rumor has it Ole Joe almost died of dispair
He went to a drinkin' and a riotous livin'
Till one night Ole Glory gave him quite a scare
Seems she shook Ole Joe up perty good
She went to racin' him cross dem Texas plains
All night long she bucked - till Ole Joe got sober
An he jist hung on fer dear life to her reins
After dat Cowboy Joe never took another drink
Said Jesus worked through Ole Glory that night
Joe went to readin' tha good book his Mama left em
Den he started preachin' tha gospel of tha Light
Now Joe's favor-rite story wuz 'bout Elijah
How he took up ta heaven by chariot of fire
Said one day he'uz goin' ta heaven tha same way
Him an' Ole Glory ridin' together through tha sky
We laughed at Ole Joe fer bein' so silly
We thought he must be foolin', shore nuff!
Den he hollered "git along now little doggies,
Yer Mama's a calling ya" (his voice kinda gruff)
Den one day Ole Joe didn't come ta town
Everybody wuz wonderin' where he might be
There wuz some chatter among tha gossips
They said he'uz prob'ly back on a drunk spree
Now a big storm had blowed in tha night a'fore
An' tha winds were a howlin' far and wide
Some say old Joe got caught up in a whirlwind
When he an' Glory went out fer a late night ride
Others said he musta died while a sleepin'
But Ole Cowboy Joe's body never wuz found
An' Ole Glory wuz a missin' - same as Joe
Some thought they fell in tha river an' drowned
I figured Ole Joe an' Glory went up ta heaven
They got caught up in tha whirlwind that night
Glory met the stallion.....an' Ole Joe met Jesus
An' they all rode tha clouds to tha City of Light
Now if yer ever a ridin' tha plains of Texas
Some say you can still hear Ole Joe out thare
An' if tha moon is shinin bright, jist look up high
Cause Ole Joe an' Glory's a ridin' thru tha air!
They say he's still a preachin' about Jesus
An Ole Glory neighs an' whinnies in accord
Out thare on that lonely west Texas prairie
Many a cowboy has come ta know tha Lord!
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23 Jun 2007
It was hard to read, Julia, but that is because I "aint no cowboy" and I don't know much about them. But after a second reading, I began to enjoy the lingo and got carried away with the story. Then I loved it. Too bad it didn't win, but glad you posted it here. God bless.
17 Jun 2007
Julia, this has blessed me greatly. Thank you. I'm sorry I don't get to reading your works more often. Keep serving, sister. You may not have won the contest, but it's a winner to me. God bless. In Christ, Christian
17 Jun 2007
Julia, it is a winner with me. I loved it when I first read it. I am from Mississippi, but I am somewhat of a cowboy at heart. I love this kind of writing. God bless.
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15 Jun 2007
Texans... ya jist gotta know us to preciate us. I've knowed a few Cowboy Joe's maself. Prolly road a horse with one or two of 'em. Cain't wait fer the big ride in the sky. Gonna be awesome!
14 Jun 2007
Julia, this is great. It was such a pleasure to read. Too bad it didn't win. It Should have!!! I loved the storyline and how the verses blend together so well. I had to brush up on my "Texas slang" just a bit:) But I love it.....GREAT job. Bessie
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