Eight-Second Ride Illustrated Poem

This illustrated poem below is my expression of Bulls and Bull Riders:

8 Second Ride cropped

This is available in  an 11″ x 15″ Parchment, unframed, unmatted form for $25.00 (U.S.), plus $10 for shipping and handling .  This piece has been professionally illustrated. If you would like  to purchase this item, please send me a check at: PO Box 745865, Arvada, CO 80003. Your copy will be shipped flat (as rolled copies are not done anymore) as soon as is practicable.

Following is the wording of this piece:


Copyright 2011 by W. Foster Welborn

There was a rope in his hand

Since he learned how to walk.

A slow drawl rolled out

When he chose to talk.

Dust, wind, far-flung skies

Were his background roots.

Son of the West from his hat

Down to his boots.

He squinted wary eyes

Toward a large holding pen;

Mean bulls pawed the ground,

Waiting for him to try once again.

Cigarette clenched tightly

Between hard, drawn lips;

Excitement coursed down

Through his fingertips.

He’d been thrown many times

With a bone-jarring thud.

His rope-scarred hand trembled

As he hitched up his duds.

Tantalizing aroma

Wafted above crowded throes;

Smell of friend onions

Tickled his nose.

He’s been rodeo’n for

Many long years;

Suffered much pain and sweat,

Blood mixed with tears.

Calf roping and bull riding

Were part of his game,

As natural to him

As saying his name.

Tilting his coffee cup skyward,

He took a last pull,

Hoping against hope,

He’d draw a good bull.

He must ride for eight seconds

Atop a two-thousand-pound fury;

Referees would score them,

Both judge and jury.

The ever-watchful crowd

Might enjoy a real thrill

If he could just make the beast

Succumb to his will.

Every bone in his wiry body

Had been broken once or twice;

A ride without injury

Would surely be nice.

If he could hold onto his grip,

Just keep his seat,

He’d beat the eight-second clock.

Shucks what a feat!

When his number was called,

The fear he would hide.

He tightened his spurs

For a rip snortin’ ride.

The last words on his lips

Before they opened his chute,

“Stay up for eight seconds,

And I’ll buy some new boots!”


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