Hands Across Texas

Programs on Native Americans, Buffalo Soldiers, Cowboy Poetry, Ethnic Characters in Texas History, Dance, Music with Siyotanka and Harmonica, Storytelling, and Mountain Men

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Poem Two

MY LIFE (Will Pickett)

Roping steers
through the years
has taken a toll
on this old soul
But I press on
from dusk 'til dawn
This is my life
In this profession I was the best
crowned by the jewel of the West
Thrilled them from England to Colorado,
Texas to Mexico
Gave them their money's worth
not a penny less
In the beginning, and in the end
I've had my share of friends
like Will Rogers and Tom Mix
But Hollywood had their pick
I couldn't make it in
because of the color of my skin
Still, I pressed on
Life for me hasn't been bad
Have more now than I ever had
living in and on God's grace
sharing his time in this place
So I will press on
from dusk 'til dawn
This is my life