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Author Name: Freewilliamgoldenpen 9 Comments
Date Added: February 22, 2006 13:02:07 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Barbed Wire

As far as the eye could see, seas of grasses
swayed under the summer sky,

cowboys were free to ride where-ever their spirit took them,
cattle roamed free to where the eagles fly.

Unrestricted freedom was the old westís way of life,

yes, it was its right,

then came manís cruelest invention, barbed wire strung on fences,

as if over night.

The fight was on, as the old freedom fought to survive, as

fences were erected, only to be torn down,

cattle and horses became entangled, torn and bleeding,

leaving on the faces of the freedom fighters, a deadly frown.

Gun fights blazed in an inferno of anger, as each protected

their right, to put up fences, and the others to roam free,

yet, the barbed wire eventually won the day, as cowboys,

cattle and horses lost their freedom to roam the grassy sea.

Now, rusted and thrown down, it lays on highways and by-ways

as wooden and steel fences take its place,

the fight for unrestricted freedom is over, the old west

has lost its race.

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Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on September 17, 2006 09:25:19 PM Report
Sad, true, and inevitable, Chief..Unless you were going to ban cattle ranching, wire fences just had to be..yer pal, len
Comment By: FreeAlison Storm Wolf on April 8, 2006 02:06:45 PM Report
wonderfully written william.
The native Americans had no use for fences. They could not understand the concept of trying to fence in Mother Earth. How much we lost by refusing to listen to their anciant wisdom
Ali x
Comment By: PremiumSir Knight on February 27, 2006 07:24:50 AM Report
The freedom of the old west and the flowing range was definately changed. The west was all about the character of a person and the freedom to express yourself without being penned in. Then came the change as people became greedy. You have penned an excellent poem dear Sir!

Sir Knight
Comment By: FreeDamon D. Brewer on February 26, 2006 12:08:37 PM Report
This is a great write; I love cows and cowboys and stories about them. Where I come from in Arkansas, though, we had to have the barbed wire to keep the cattle out of our corn and cotton fields. The cows aren't smart enough to know that the corn is going to be fed to them in the winter anyway, so really the fence is for their own good. I truly love this poem.
Comment By: FreeFLETCHER on February 25, 2006 06:00:14 PM Report
Comment By: FreeGlata on February 24, 2006 01:53:57 PM Report
This is certainly your forte in writing, William...Another fantastic write! You'd make a great cowboy...
Comment By: FreeAngel on February 23, 2006 01:32:55 PM Report
There are not to many cowboys here in the UK. But I really enjoyed your write


Love Angelxx
Comment By: FreePatricia Lee on February 23, 2006 05:24:19 AM Report
I don't know to much about the west except what I read as a child but I do remember things about the fence wars,such a pity to lose such freedom of the open country,I enjoyed reading this very much.
Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on February 22, 2006 01:14:38 PM Report
You have found one of your niches within the Old West place on this site, dear Williamgoldenpen~! Indeed, the barbed wire was strung quickly, to the dismay of many ranchers~ This was a great read, sir Poet~

Margaret, the old west bag lady~
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