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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
26515 Legacy Of The Land FC 11 B-72 54 Virginia Bennett The Belle Of Blue Flower Park As I sit inside my warm house and the embers in the stove slowly die and the wind blows the snow against the window panes, the ghost of Sadie Connor glides by. skiing, restaurants, dress, neighbors, God, critters
26516 Legacy Of The Land FC 11 B-72 56 Virginia Bennett Storms On The Divide I saddled up the balck Morgan Mare, Headed up through the timber toward Cottonwood Crik. She danced from the hint of a storm in the air but i figgered we'd get the job done quick and soon we'd be home, homestead, sick, God, hell, lamp
26517 Legacy Of The Land FC 11 B-72 58 Virginia Bennett The Fore-Telling They stood there on old Baldy, each from a different way of life. He was a cop from St. Louis and she was a rancher's wife. As they scanned the nearby woods for game, soul, dead, mountains
26518 Legacy Of The Land FC 11 B-72 61 Virginia Bennett Ma and Pa Eugene They live not far from here, just a couple miles down the road. And they're the closest thing to folks that I have evern knowed. They got a little log cabin, and an outdoor latrine. heaven, rich, horny-toad, Belgian team, queen
26519 Legacy Of The Land FC 11 B-72 62 Virginia Bennett I Wish I Could Go The twisted, weathered, cedar posts, connected by rails of lodgepole pine formed a corral that played unwilling host to a mustang found near the Utah line. It was in the summer of eighty-eight. tank, trailer, mouse, prison, whispered
26520 Legacy Of The Land FC 11 B-72 64 Virginia Bennett The Hazards Of Braggin "I always have a walkin' horse," the cowboy said with pride. "The one that's walkin' fastest is the only one I'll ride. "And if I'm workin' with a colt teach, train, school, failed
26521 Legacy Of The Land FC 11 B-72 65 Virginia Bennett Thoughts From Behind The Window Pane I stand here at the windwo, lookin' beyond the kitchen garden to the shed. Today's dinner is one the stove, cookin' 'cause the crew will be expectin' to be fed. I have to admit I'm gettin' older. die, pride, gold, pair, young, snorty horse
26522 Legacy Of The Land FC 11 B-72 69 Virginia Bennett Just A Thought You read about them daily, those heroes of our time. The new vaccines, the theories, just watch your profits climb. All the new technology, cell grazing, A.I. and all. Embryo transplants, EPD, trophies, gain, prais, greet, sunrise
26523 Legacy Of The Land FC 11 B-72 70 Virginia Bennett Prodigal Son On their creaking, A-Fork saddles, they had left the cattle in the shimmering grass of summer range. They'd trailed behind 'em all day, Dusty Jim was on his bay, and Jigger rode a roan that he called "Mange". coyote, pry, The sweet by and by, beers, hell, fire, wild oats
26524 Legacy Of The Land FC 11 B-72 72 Virginia Bennett Two Roads I was out ridin' one late afternoon. It was about the twenty-eight day of June. Explorin' new trails; on ridges and vales, through aspen alive with lupine in bloom. This was a new trail to my horse and I, arrow, assailed, ignored, grade
26525 Legacy Of The Land FC 11 B-72 73 Virginia Bennett Cowboy Creation In the beginning, God created light, but needed a place for it toshine so he put together the heavens, Some clouds that looked just fine. He spoke the word and it was done - night-rider, lodgepole, fickle, breeze, bible
26526 Legacy Of The Land FC 11 B-72 74 Virginia Bennett The Sermon On The Mount I sit here on my steadfast horse while the moon begins it's nightly course. I'm ridin' night-herd, so I guess there's time to reflect upon this life of mine. My right leg is crooked over the saddle horn wagon, God, spring, grant
26527 Legacy Of The Land FC 11 B-72 75 Virginia Bennett The Rain It'd been a long, dry summer, come to think of it, so was the spring. No rain for more days than I could number and only faith made me plant anything. The prairie, parchment crisp and thirsty, tease, Jesus, sky, wet dirt
26528 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 1 Henry Real Bird Opening After sittin' between the risin' moon and the settin' sun among the many colors of the pink and the blues from a little north, left of the sun risin' imaginary, spirit, necklace, grandstands, flame
26529 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 4 Henry Real Bird A Cowboy Thoughts & feelings from the shadow of a rainbow in the wind what's good, there's alot, they say usin' yesterday in today wantin' to join, a lot more good days in tomorrow for winters, viking,, medicine, crescent moon, sage, rampage
26530 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 9 Henry Real Bird The Horse Days that are good, thoughts that are good, talk that is good we want to use to give people hearts that are good, we want to use the four winds that are good fake control, horse, fire, left behind, wolf, gift,
26531 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 14 Henry Real Bird Tall That's Light Goin' on fresh snow, snows been fallin' several days. The ground, all is white, sagebrush tops stickin' out of snow, ridin' throught snow, it's quiet, river where it goes pine trees, sun, winter day, singing
26532 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 15 Henry Real Bird Rodeo For once there was a man who thought he could ride the code of the west, he could abide cowboy etiquette knew best his hat he could fan aboard a high flyin' bronc courage, rodeo, herd, competition, lawyers
26533 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 16 Henry Real Bird Lone Horse, After Halo Moon A feeling when the fall green grass is under the snow that is first out in the hills it should've last as ice crystals burst i've got the chills. saddle, strand, alone, slack, astraddle
26534 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 17 Henry Real Bird The Wolf Teeth Mountain Rawhider What can I say I just stood in the grandstands to see my bronc turned out into the arena tell me about it that a dream can get lost. I know that but I just keep hangin' on to fantasy because this is what got me here wish, glare, moon, reflection, stars
26535 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 19 Henry Real Bird Riding My Dream Say you'd like to know why it is, that I ride broncs started out a long time ago as I was lin' on my bunk I dreamt I was a bronc rider born and raised to ride the broncs flat, care, glance, dream
26536 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 20 Henry Real Bird The Dreamer he come walkin' over, bout an hour before the show hat tipped a litle over, bet he's seen a lot of snow how you doin', where you been what'd you draw or do you know mind, coffee, velvet, horn
26537 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 21 Henry Real Bird Cowboy Drifter The most beautiful woman, I ever did see greets me each morin', with the star that's light spirit of the ground, feelin' of life in love with a woman alive, reflection, rain, horn, fantasy
26538 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 22 Henry Real Bird Satan Maiden If ever there comes, a time in life you can have what you want would I be who you want or whould I be the one, to still haunt in the still of the night when things ain't right erase, love, dream, chase, crazy
26539 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 23 Henry Real Bird Lone Star Woman Twas half moon out, on the longest day twas rodeoin' about Oklahoma way walked in a feeling late at night took me a chance turned out right a Lone Star Woman held me tight feeling free, feeling love, dream, flow, fire