What History Taught Me

Waddie Mitchell, Cowboy Poet

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What people don’t understand about cowboy poetry is that it’s not just about cowboying, cows, horses and living on the range, but it is anything in life, just coming from a cowboy’s perspective.

The one person I am in awe of is Don Edwards—for his work ethic and interest in preserving the music of America’s working folks and in particular the cowboy.

I learned everything I know from six decades of bumping and banging and tripping and experimenting and following and leading and charging and balking and laughing and crying and doing and not.

Don’t get me started on how disappointed I am with the current way the heads of the two parties in our country have completely halted any forward movement for over two years now.

I’ll never forget the way my wife Lisa looked on that moonlit night in the Caribbean.

My daddy always told me just ’cuz you get older don’t mean you’re getting wiser. Wisdom comes from taking time and assessing life as it’s lived.

When it comes to Western Art I am inspired by how one small segment of this country’s huge populace can command such a large following.

My biggest influence has been those fellers I worked...

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