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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
25367 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 61 Robert L. Laumeyer Doubt To ask endless questions when no facts can be knows are but tracks in the sand after the wind has blown. To ponder weighty thoughts when the truth is not there is to paint a picture not on canvas, but air.
25368 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 61 Robert L. Laumeyer Lipidary and Poetry I don't spend all my time polishing stones. I try to do my best work writing poems. Where I see most value, I try my best. Rock work is done when my mind needs a rest.
25369 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 62 Robert L. Laumeyer Competitive Art Mischief and art come from a creative mind. Who can tell when truth a fertile mind will find. Use not all your skill to make pretty rocks shine. Keep the best part back to write a thoughtful rhyme.
25370 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 63 Robert L. Laumeyer Bright Ideas vs. Shiny Stones I worked to think ans write. I loved the rhyming sound. I thought it would not be long 'til my poetry books abound. I knew the work was worthwhile and I felt the need to share. I sent it to the publishers. I found the public didn't care.
25371 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 64 Robert L. Laumeyer Thought Freedom to think must be the master if the thinking is to be the best. Intelligence, not dogma, must rule if you are to pass the thinker's test. To tell yourself what you must believe is to assure yourself you will deceive.
25372 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 65 Robert L. Laumeyer N.M.C. College 1951 Men Of Steel Through the talk of brawny, rugged men, one hears the anguished clang of steel. They are working on a thing for culture but to them the building is very real. College students walking through the doors will never think of what these walls must hold;
25373 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 66 Robert L. Laumeyer Infinite Pleasures An infinite source of pleasure the most tiring work we find; to work beyond our limits, use our inquiring mind. For the inquiring mind, in its insatiable quest, will have moemnts of pleasure, but it will never have rest.
25374 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 67 Robert L. Laumeyer The Gift Of An Amethyst Heart A purple heart shows the courage of one who is wounded in war. The gift of an amethyst heart says you could not be loved more. Many years ago, bright sparks burned into a brilliant blaze.
25375 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 68 Robert L. Laumeyer Growing Old I say this growing old is not an easy rap for it means aching joints and an afternoon nap. Now I can't remember just where I put my pen. The lines I didn't write down I have to create again.
25376 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 69 Robert L. Laumeyer A High School Teacher's Plea Oh, God, I need patience and I need it right now. I'm teaching teenagers there's no one who knows how. Give me patience quickly! My sanity's on the line.
25377 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 70 Robert L. Laumeyer Valentine Sonnet Our love is now a healthy rose for it blooms and thrives and grows. We feed and water it with care. It is the dearest thing we share. The thorns have grown both long and sharp. They keep love safe while we're apart.
25378 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 71 Robert L. Laumeyer The Gardener Oh, she can make beauty grow from soil, water, and seed. She knows by her instinct just what every plant shall need. She makes her flowers blossom, dew bright in the early morn. Carrots, peas, beans abound
25379 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 72 Robert L. Laumeyer The Silence of The Night Silhouettes outlined by orange and gray, darkness tells us it's the end of the day. When the day wil start and when it ends it's fate, not hope, the length depends. After the daylight will come dark then the silhouettes shall embark
25380 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 73 Robert L. Laumeyer The Used Camel Dealer It was a regular drinking night, Most of the boys had had a few. The feisty banker attacked schools, then he renounced car dealers, too. It seemed this "trusting" banker made a foolish teenager loan
25381 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 74 Robert L. Laumeyer Moral If the illegitimate you scorn, be sure it was in wedlock you were born.
25382 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 74 Robert L. Laumeyer No Function A writer with no pen a book not yet begun a silent sterile world a wife without a tongue. A poem without meaning a bank without a loan fruitless their existence poet without a poem.
25383 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 75 Robert L. Laumeyer When To Love As to the source of the thought I make no boast, the message is as strong as an old iron post. When your loved one is the least lovable, that is the time they need your love the most. Children, too, you will find
25384 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 75 Robert L. Laumeyer Hand in Hand Hand in hand my pretty bride we have walked side by side. Hip to hip we went alon lip to lip we've sung our song. God above blessed our day heart to heart our love did stay.
25385 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 76 Robert L. Laumeyer Home is The Place Home is the place that will take you in be you a saint or full of sin, home is the place that will take you in. If you are fat or if you are thin, if you are rich or cannot win, home's still the place
25386 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 76 Robert L. Laumeyer Stubbornness Stubbornness itself is not a virtue but without it virtue cannot abide. When confronted with a moral decision, if not stubborn, it's useless to decide.
25387 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 77 Robert L. Laumeyer A Spring Song It's a beautiful morn and the sun is so warm. My mate is calling clear tra la, tra la, tra lee, a thrilling sound to hear. It's a beautiful morn and the sun is so warm. We'll build a nest of our own tra la, tra la, tra lee we'll have a happy home.
25388 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 78 Robert L. Laumeyer The Lazy L Ranch The Lazy L is a strange kind of ranch you say. "There are no horses to ride nor any fields of hay. Whatever does this ranch raise?" you ask in surprise. We answer, "It grows tall green trees and deep blue skies.
25389 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 79 Robert L. Laumeyer Better I have no need for a better pen. What I need is a better mind. Blacker ink is not my yen, it's the truth I hunt to find. I do not need a bigger book what I need is a clear thought. It's not a long poem for which I look
25390 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 80 Robert L. Laumeyer A Land Where Eagles Fly In this land of noise and crowds and pollution's yellow sky, I'm proud of the Lazy L, a land where eagles still fly. I winter in Sund City where many new things I try. I summer in Montana, a land where eagles fly.
25391 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 81 Robert L. Laumeyer A Christmas Wish For My Wife Wife, may our good times always last. May every day be full of cheer. May we remember the good times past, and look ahead to each New Year. May there be flowers along our way, and may we remain side by side.