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FOLK COLLECTION 11: The Skaggs Foundation Cowboy Poetry Collection

Date of Items: 1890-present
Register Prepared by: Randy Williams and Susan Gross, April 2004
Register Updated by: Randy Williams, 23 December 2009
Excel database transfered to MYSQL and uploaded (replacing PHP data): Colin Jackson, Fall 2010
MYSQL database updated: Randy Williams, January 2012
Linear Feet:20

Historical Note & Provenance

Folk Coll 11 is Utah State University's cowboy poetry collection. The collection, originally created by a generation donation by the L. J. and Mary Skaggs Foundation, includes books gathered during a fieldwork project in the early 1980s to document cowboy poetry in the U.S. west (see Folk Coll 11f). From this important fieldwork project came the impetus for the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in January 1985 in Elko, Nevada. Since that time, each January, the Fife Folklore Archives staff take the collection and Access database (that details each book, poem, author, first line and key words), to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for offsite use. Through University purchases and generation donations from poets and collectors, this collection continues to grow.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 20 linear feet of books on cowboy poetry, including press and self published works. The collection can be accessed through USU Libraries online catalog.

As well, poem titles and keywords found in each book in the collection are included in the database below. To use, type in the search term. Tip: Try and use an uncommon word from the poem to ensure less "hits." For instance, if you enter "boots" you will get many hits; but if you enter "bones" you will most liley get fewer "hits" or poems and find the item you seek faster. To return to the search page, click "home" at the bottom of the page.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
25292 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 34 D.J Badger Cows Just as each mother knows her babe No matter how wrinkled or red, A cowman can spot old ninety-four By the toss of turn of her head. He can spot the way she nuzzles her nose Up to her nursin' calf,
25293 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 34 D.J Badger My Pop My pop was sentimental 'bout the colors ladies wore. Though he never said much til he got 'em to the store. Then, no matter what they tried on Frills or fashion wouldn't do.
25294 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 19 Robert L. Laumeyer Solitude Let me hear again lonely songs that only open space can sing. Let me feel quiet solitude that only open space can bring. I want to walk the lonely trails and concentrate on what I seek. Let me stand on a mountain ridge and view again a distant peak.
25295 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 36 D.J Badger Cowboy and His Bride He rode across the prairie, Stopping once beside a brook To pick some little flowers Which he placed in a small book. He slowly climbed the mountain To the place where once had stood
25296 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 20 Robert L. Laumeyer Seventeen I'msixty-seven and losing ground, oh, I keep learning new stuff but my memory can't be found. Fifty years ago I knew the top, also what was down below. I knew so much but wouldn't stop.
25297 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 38 D.J Badger Cowboy Fun Most of the cowboys you read about Can handle themselves witha gun. And most of 'em know about brandin', But all of them know about fun. Now there was two of whom I was speaking, What were sent to the back of the herd.
25298 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 20 Robert L. Laumeyer Saint Who? "Me" "I wonder what it's like to be dead?" The half-wise curious poet said. "Will there be a keeping of the time? Will I be with rhythm and with rhyme? Will I still be kept warm and well fed?
25299 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 41 D.J Badger Why I Got Whupped It was back in the twenties in Utah. Dad was hauling 'cause he had a team. The melons were slated for Moab. He'd load 'em at sunlight's last gleam. The road ran beside the Green River,
25300 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 21 Robert L. Laumeyer Addiction You can't unring the bells you have rung and you can't unsing the song you have sung. The past is past, you know that is true. You may have learned but you can't undo. How I wish I had quit yesterday
25301 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 22 Robert L. Laumeyer Habits Broken Urgent range of passion deep feelings of remorse frustration of denial courage to stay the course. A satisfied addiction the pleasure seemed sublime. Remembrance cuts so deeply it challenges the mind.
25302 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 22 Robert L. Laumeyer Time and Place I want to go back and I will to the lonely plain and quiet hill. I want to go back, but I know it's gone, that loved family I was born to belong. Oh! The place is there, but the essence is dead, where I was loved, cared for and fed.
25303 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 23 Robert L. Laumeyer Epilogue Our memories still linger. They are our ties to the past. Our early memories carry on. They are the ones that last.
25304 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 24 Robert L. Laumeyer A Taste of Christmas A merry Christmas, sister. Again it's that time of year. We send greetings to our friends and family we hold dear. Happy Christmas thoughts of when we were children, I retain.
25305 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 24 Robert L. Laumeyer Poetry's Art Poems can paint in the air scenes of dreams all can share.
25306 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 25 Robert L. Laumeyer September in Montana It is snowing on Bull Mountain. In the valley the wind is cold. Trees are losing their dress of green and putting on their coats of gold. It is autumn in the mountains and winter is coming by.
25307 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 24 Robert L. Laumeyer Friendship Who is most to blame when a friendship does not live? He who made the error or he does not forgive?
25308 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 26 Robert L. Laumeyer Existence No matter how high the eagle may fly the earth shall call him home. No matter how wise those poetic guys, their clay the earth will own. Eagles and poets soar alone.
25309 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 26 Robert L. Laumeyer Age If you have ever wondered why the old show much stress, think of all their body parts-- when one fails they're in distress.
25310 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 27 Robert L. Laumeyer Love Birds-- Nesting Birds Poet: From the song of the past tales of love abound. It's in the present time that this new love was found. Me: Mystery, intrigue, delight are all parts of your charm. I'll be your provider and keep you from all harm. With feelings of delight I love you. Be my own.
25311 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 28 Robert L. Laumeyer Art For All Work with care at what you do. "Life" is the noblest part. Prepare yourself the best you can, then you can proudly display your art.
25312 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 28 Robert L. Laumeyer Women Confusing, amusing, chilling, thrilling, spiteful, delightful.
25313 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 29 Robert L. Laumeyer Creator This world was not an accident. Therefore a creator must exist. The movements in the universe are more true than the watch on your wrist. Can the maste maker be known by the beauty of his creation?
25314 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 29 Robert L. Laumeyer Happy Birthday, Wife Ah, love of my life, this I have left to say, you have been a wonderful wife. I hope you have a wonderful day. Every trip around the sun, we pick up another stone. When we have enough we got to start another home.
25315 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 30 Robert L. Laumeyer Love We love with the heart. It stands above though. Favors you may buy. Love cannot be bought. To make love, we're told should be a learned art. But true love, my friend, must come from the heart.
25316 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 30 Robert L. Laumeyer A Poet's Question He plays hard at bridge then creates a poem. He goes to his club and polishes a stone. He draws strength from friends and what he owns. Questions religion, believes in his poems.