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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
25467 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 10 Robert L. Laumeyer My Legacy If there is any thing of value, That to my loved ones, I could give, It would not be gold or silver; But an idea of how to live. My possessions, I do not care How widely they are pslit apart. If i have left anything of value
25468 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 11 Robert L. Laumeyer Greed Greed is an evil monster That can not be fed its fill. There is no satisfaction, That will keep this demon still. The more this monster is fed The stronger this demon grows. Starvation's the only death
25469 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 109 E.J. Kirchoff Nothing That We'd Rather Do This old game of raisin' cattle has a lot of ups and downs. And sometimes a feller thinks it's mostly down. And he'll sometimes get the feelin', sorta envy in a way, folks who live and work and spend their life in town.
25470 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 11 Robert L. Laumeyer Wisdom and Age Can it be, we grow less, as through this life we go? Is it but conceit, that tells us experience makes us grow? Do we wear away like rocks, from the erosion of our being?
25471 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 11 Robert L. Laumeyer Epilogue Youth should look with caution When they look upon the aged. Are they seeing wisdom, Or but scars of battles raged? (end)
25472 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 12 Robert L. Laumeyer What Others See You think you are a kindly sort And oh so jolly and free. I wonder would you know yuourself, If you saw, what others see? (end)
25473 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 12 Robert L. Laumeyer Advice to My Son Girls are cute and sex is fun. I would not lie to my only son. But I have some advice. to keep between us. Think with your head, not with your penis. (end)
25474 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 111 E.J. Kirchoff Full Circle I well remember years ago, Brown said, "Let's make a deal. I'll sell ya, boy, this here ol' ranch a price that's sure a steal. "I sure don't do a lotta things I know full well I should. But I can't hit the collar now the way I usta could.
25475 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 Robert L. Laumeyer Epilogue Some of the world, should go unexplored; and some women, must go unadored. (end)
25476 Trail Dust FC 11 K-32 8 E.J. Kirchoff Two Old Timers He sure ain't much to look at. Has a scraggly, matted mane with cockleburs embedded. And a tail that is the same. His backbone sure is sharp and all his ribs are showin' plain. He sure has got the looks of badly needin' hay and grain.
25477 Trail Dust FC 11 K-32 11 E.J. Kirchoff Mother Nature Takes a Hand Old horse, this rain a- comin' down is sure a pretty sight. It started yesterday at noon. No let up in the night. And still it's fallin' steady. Lots of water has come down. This sure will bring new life to grass that's withered, parched and brown.
25478 Trail Dust FC 11 K-32 13 E.J. Kirchoff Wasn't broke to Lead This old cow was plenty wild. Missed the roundup several years. Been a while since her last calves had been altered into steers. With no calves to raise she's packin' plenty tallow on her bones. " Now I sure would like to peddle that ol' cow," says Smokey Jones.
25479 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 12 Robert L. Laumeyer Friends I like a lot of people But on few do I depend. That's why I'm very careful About who I call my friend. (end)
25480 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 13 Robert L. Laumeyer The Soul Cannot Be Burried The soul cannot be buried for it is the thoughts of man. The weary runner may die but never the race he ran. (end)
25481 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 13 Robert L. Laumeyer Three Stages of Man Youth Ah, for the life of youth Where the spirit rules the mind. Reason is not yet developed Cynicism not yet defined. Adult When you walk your own path, And you buy your own shoes.
25482 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 14 Robert L. Laumeyer The Mind Do not underestimate, The resilience of the mind. If it does not like the facts, A new rendition it will find. (end)
25483 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 14 Robert L. Laumeyer Satisfaction If your task be worthwhile Of your wage be not dismayed; For the job well doneIs the job well paid. (end)
25484 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 14 Robert L. Laumeyer The Toy Maker It's with pride, I ply my trade. With care, my toys are made. A child shall receive with joy; My labor, a well made joy. When my work is done with care
25485 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 15 Robert L. Laumeyer A Poet's Garden He has a private garden No one is allowed to see. Here's where he plants his dreams; And grows pure fantasy. (end)
25486 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 15 Robert L. Laumeyer Originality Oh! the work of the world you say Is done by the workers who plod on. Nay! The nights lighted, by a million stars, While just one sun, brings us the dawn.
25487 Trail Dust FC 11 K-32 16 E.J. Kirchoff Too Big of a Hurry One day when Old Bill reached the sale there's several trucks in line. He said, "I figgered that I'd better sell these calves of mine. "I read in last nights paper where the price of beef had rose. But it can tumble mighty quick, as everybody knows.
25488 Trail Dust FC 11 K-32 18 E.J. Kirchoff Old Timers Come in old friend and have a seat. And take the eight from off your feet. The java's hot a-brewin' there so just relax in that old chair. And with some coffee in a cup we'll reminisce some while we sup. We both have seen a lot of snows.
25489 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 15 Robert L. Laumeyer Courage You know you can fail And yet not a failure be. When a leaf falls, it does not kill a tree. Pity not the one who fails, But the one that does not try; For he shall be a loser And never even know why.
25490 Trail Dust FC 11 K-32 19 E.J. Kirchoff Gossip We're there in Wilbur's stable just a-chewin' of the fat. Discussin' of the eather, price of beef, and this and that. One feller said, "I heard a bit of gossip tht is new. The feller told me of it doesn't lie, so must be true.
25491 Trail Dust FC 11 K-32 21 E.J. Kirchoff Old Bill's Hat Someone said, "Bill, your old hat looks like what the cats drug in. It looks like it has seen at least a hundred years and ten. "And it sure doesn't look as if it has seen gentle use. It's packin' all the ear marks of a lifetime of abuse.