Cowboy Poetry is defined as “a type of folk poetry associated with the lifestyle of cattle ranching in western North America.” The ModernJeeper likes to think that Cowboy Poetry could be just as easily called, the Jeeper’s Poetry – associated with the lifestyle of the off-roader.
To that part, we are going to start sharing some of our favorite cowboy (ModernJeeper) poetry every Saturday. This first one is from our own Del Albright.
The Sweetwater Mountains
By Del Albright
The Sweetwater Mountains lie on the border of California,
If you wheel up there but once, those mountains just might own ya.
There’s a road to the top, right up to Mt. Patterson,
A sentinel in the skylight, standing majestically alone.
If you’re up there at sunrise, you’ll be plumb amazed,
When the sun peeks over the horizon, breaking day.
You’ll stand there in awe, feeling the inspiration,
As the world comes alive, you’ll feel the jubilation.
At 11,000 feet, way above the tree line,
Your eyes will drink in the scenery, surreal and sublime.
With colors and hues that bring tears to your eyes,
As the sun paints the Sweetwater’s, and adds to your surprise.
Shadows drift away as the sun climbs higher,
Leaving a mountain scene that is sure to inspire.
High up on the peaks with the Sierra Nevada’s in sight,
The sun will brighten your day with an incredible light.
This close to the Lord, it’s a marvelous place.
You feel like you could almost reach up and touch his face.
The Sweetwater’s will hook you, make you wanna come back again,
And when you come off that mountain, your only question is, when?
You can listen to the author recite the poem here: