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The Rodeo Princess and the Cowboy

©Shers Gallagher 2016

he leapt from the vehicle,
yelling to the cowboy that he had crossed the line.
And the rodeo princess dusted her jeans and adjusted her bra
before spinning her rope into a dust bowl of lazing lizards,
scattering them as she did
and lassoing just for fun a few cactus that were in her way.
Then she turned to the cowboy, awaiting an apology. 
But he spat and cursed her 
before popping the lid on a tall can of beer.
She breathed slowly in and out, 
taking in every inch of his self-amused smile
and then threw her rope, 
knot-tying him like a piece of chattel
and hearing him swear like a moon-calf 
as her lasso got tighter and tighter.
Oh, he whimpered and pleaded,
saying he would never again take advantage of her.
But it was too late for this cowboy.
The rodeo princess had made up her mind.
She would leave him there, 
a lone wolf among the coyotes, 
as she shifted into high gear.

Aisling Books / Magpie Tales


  1. Absolutely brilliant. I know a few that should be knot-tied.

  2. Oooooh, just love me a good poem about a heartless (strong) gal!

  3. brilliant imagery .....never cross a rodeo princess eh!!

  4. Thanks y'all! :D Admittedly, I struggled with this prompt, yet was intrigued by the lovely Liz and her wacky pose that brought up all kinds of imagery. I was thinking mostly of Ken Kesey's 'Last Go Round', a book I'd taught a thematic unit with during one of my last literature courses at an alternative high school. My students and I really had fun with the hapless modern cowboy theme. And then I thought of my own horse riding days and the many rodeos I had gone to as a child, observing especially how awfully cowgirls had been treated in those days. So, you see, this really did stir up a lot of memories - LOL.

  5. Loved the take on the prompt - most unexpected . . . .
    Oh . . .Lizzie! . . . she couldn't do that to him could she? . . . :) Eddie

  6. His back was broken on that flat sandy mountain , i would say .... Cheers

  7. Drive baby drive...I want to see her rope a few cacti...

  8. Oh no! But a girl's gotta do what a girl has to do!

  9. Love the tale you spun here girl! :-)


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