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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.


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Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
25693 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 101 Bob Christensen The Cowboy That Nobody Liked Nobody knew where he came from. One day he just rode into town. A grizzled faced drifter, a loner, a man with his luck really down.
25694 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 49 Robert L. Laumeyer Culture Spare me your culture For me it's much too complex. Give me something simple Made up of good old fashioned sex. (end).
25695 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 49 Robert L. Laumeyer The Cynic the great horse was loafing Running third in an important race. When suddenly a cocklebur Stuck him a tender place. The growd gave a mighty cheer The horse reached a record pace. It was the lowly cocklebur
25696 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 49 Robert L. Laumeyer Nature's Law Out with the old. Make room for the new. Is a law of nature that must rule. Be it a majestic old bull elk Or the superintendent of a school.
25697 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 50 Robert L. Laumeyer My Pen My favorite pen I take in hand For restless need does demand, Create beauty in its purest form. Though long I labor, it remains unborn. Beauty is always out there But it is just beyond my reach.
25698 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 50 Robert L. Laumeyer Perfection The will of the wisp pursuit Of that which is ultra fine; Can only bring destruction When given ample time. Perfection is a hoax When applied to ahuman life.
25699 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 51 Robert L. Laumeyer Praise to Brevity Omar, that master of the bards I have read a hundred times. All I know of what he wrote Is in about four hundred lines. If he who lived 5 score and ten Could teach our modern writer To save but four lines a year
25700 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 51 Robert L. Laumeyer Epilogue It is said of Albert Einstein Who math and science did revamp. That he could write his life's work ON the back of a postage stamp. E=Mc2
25701 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 K-30 52 Robert L. Laumeyer Did God Need a Laugh? Did God need a luagh, when he made man? Did he turn him loose, or was there a plan? Is there a ? What is each actor's part? Is each to improvise the beste he can? Was God really serious, or did he jest?
25702 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 52 Robert L. Laumeyer Epilogue The loon laughed on the lonely lake That moon light night, I stayed awake. Did the loon know, that man was a fake? Did the loon know, that man was a mistake?
25703 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 53 Robert L. Laumeyer The Stranger The night was stormy, dark and cold. The rain beat on the window pane. When outside came a knock so bold I heard it above the driving rain. Through the door a stranger came in Bearded, cold a glare in his eye. He clutched a worn, old violin.
25704 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 54 Robert L. Laumeyer Epilogue Compared to my passions My evils have been very small. Its the good that I've left undone That I'm fearful to recall. (end)
25705 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 54 Robert L. Laumeyer Bewildered Things were bad where I was. So I moved out from there. I found another job Where things looked pretty fair. As soon as I got settled I noticed right away. The problems, I thought I'd left
25706 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 55 Robert L. Laumeyer A Philosopher's Proposition It was a big drinking party Held by the rich and famous sort. Beautiful girls were invited To come and join their nightly sport. A rich worldly philosopher Drinking and feeling rather spry. Cornered a beautiful starlet And he asked her on the sly
25707 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 56 Robert L. Laumeyer Money Money is but A thing to spend For in itself It's not an end. (end)
25708 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 56 Robert L. Laumeyer Author of Procreation The author of procreation Is obviously male I say. He gave women, their greatest pain Man he gave his favorite play.
25709 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 57 Robert L. Laumeyer Flowers and Age The seed is planted And given proper care. In a burst of life it grows And blooms its beauty rare. The bees come for nectar And the pollen is spread. The cold wind blows And the flowers look dead.
25710 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 57 Robert L. Laumeyer Things Our possessions can be our master And rule us with an iron hand. When we love them over much Their care, becomes our command.
25711 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 58 Robert L. Laumeyer The Wedding Tall and straight he sotod Proud to be standing there; In a gray vested suit, And long dark curly hair. Tall and slim she stood With a radiant face: Wearing a long white dress And veil of frill lace.
25712 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 60 Robert L. Laumeyer Your Plan You want perfection always You struggle and you plan. you know the past prepared you To do the best you can. You have but limited control Of what our life shall be. Many factors yet to come You can't control nor see.
25713 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 61 Robert L. Laumeyer A Younger Me Last night I met a younger me. I re-read my old poetry. Some of the lines, rang bright and true Better I fear than some of the new. I was filled with nostalgic pride; To see how hard the youth had tried. Oh! How well his thoughts ran through,
25714 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 61 Robert L. Laumeyer At Twenty The world was made for me And not me made for it. If I wouldn't be, the world wouldn't be To me the world must fit. When I am no longer great Then this world shall be no more. All of it will disintegrate
25715 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 62 Robert L. Laumeyer An Ode to Failure I know a story About a cuckoo clock. The doorway it would open But the birdie wouldn't talk. I looked and looked To find the reason why. I found he couldn't talk Because he wouldn't try
25716 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 62 Robert L. Laumeyer The Freedom to Fail Our freedoms are many And to them we give praise; Celebrating loudly our civil holidays. Their glories and wonders We must never let pale. One we should guard early,
25717 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 63 Robert L. Laumeyer Epilogue Take chances to be wrong; For mistakes make you grow. When the job is over; Your gain is, what you know (end)