Cowman’s Wife Western Ballads by Dee Strickland Johnson

Cowman’s Wife Western Ballads by Dee Strickland Johnson

Collection of cowboy poetry, western ballads, and original art. Awarded the Will Rogers award in 1997 for the “Female Cowboy Poet of the Year” by the Academy of Western Artists.

Cowman's Wife Western BalladsCowman’s Wife Western Ballads by Dee Strickland Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it! I’d recommend it to anyone.

It was a fun, thought-provoking, pick-me-up that I read in between my reads over the past year. Like a palate cleanser. It contains poetic stories of overall life perspective, the wild west lifestyle, culture, and history, romance and familial relationships, travel, and ranch life with cowboys, steeds, and hard work. Some were silly, some deeply reflective. It was refreshing and accessed parts of my brain that I typically don’t give enough attention to.


I really appreciated The Warm November Sun poem and Arizona.


Oh beloved Arizona, when God finished making you,
When He’d made your painted deserts and the sky’s deep azure blue:

When He’d made your wondrous canyons, and He’d laid his brush aside,
And looked down upon your beauty,
I think God was satisfied.

And I think, Oh Arizona, that He must have loved you best,
For He made you more like heaven than any of the rest.

He painted glorious sunsets, and put a soul in you,
Then splashed in the colored clouds above and let His love shine through.

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