CW: The Origins of a Cowboy + The Rodeo of Life.

In October, multiple writing contests were hosted and I managed to participate in a couple of them. Unfortunately, neither one of those pieces was picked as a winner, but I still wanted to share these with you to see what you thought.

The first one is a 99-word flash fiction piece, which I felt somewhat comfortable with. The second, 99-syllable poem was much trickier. Please let me know your thoughts.


“The Origins of a Cowboy”

“Mommy, where do cowboys come from?”

Barb turned around and smiled. She was aware of Tommy’s bedtime trickery but took the bait anyway.

Sitting back down, she told her son about the first-ever criminal who kept stealing apples. No one was fast enough to catch him. Then, one day, in a billow of smoke, a man with a lasso in hand descended on a horse from the clouds. He chased the thief all through the Arizona desert but finally caught him thanks to his rope and the speedy stallion.

“But what came first – a cowboy or his hat?”


“Write an original folk tale or fable in 99 words.”
“Make it ‘Western’ themed.”
– prompts used for this CW piece.
[Source: Rodeo1]


“The Rodeo of Life”

And I jump on the horse
to gallop through the
wide meadows of absolute grief and sadness.
The blood on my lips sweet.
Winds envelop me.

“Laugh! Don’t cry,” they all say.
Voices rattle in
the head of mine, leading deeper down the hole.
All I need is quiet.
Dusk envelops me.

Glad I am when I run
and don’t think at all.
Day in and day out we face the foul music.
Would you run away with
me? Envelop me.


“Write three stanzas of five lines, each with a syllable count of 6/5/11/6/5, totaling 99 syllables, no more—no less.”
Include five (consecutive) words taken from the found-poem by Cowboy Poet, Charles Badger Clark, called ‘The Springtime Plains.‘”

(Line 1 starts with word 1/ Line 2 ends with word 2/ Line 3 starts with word 3/ Line 4 ends with word 4/ Line 5 starts with word 5)
Since I am an overachiever,

I chose 3 different 5-word long groups (each for different stanza)
(I)And the wide, sweet winds
(II)laugh in the quiet dusk
(III)glad all day with me

– prompts used for this CW piece.
[Source: Rodeo2]


P.S. As always, you are more than welcome to use this prompt to inspire your post. If you decide to write something, be sure to pingback to this post so that I can get an alert and check out your piece. (A post on how to do pingbacks can be found here.) If pingbacks are not your thing, feel free to simply leave a link to your piece in the comment section below. The more, the merrier!

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23 thoughts on “CW: The Origins of a Cowboy + The Rodeo of Life.

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  1. That is a seriously hardcore prompt. I am still confused after rereading.

    I like the poem very much, the first two verses especially. I know the structure is dictated by the prompt but I’d like to see this again with a different structure and spacing.

    This line – “gallop through the
    wide meadows of absolute grief and sadness” – is so incredibly good. I love it.

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    1. Hahahah! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one. I have to say that it almost discouraged me. But I’ve been thinking about poetry on an off for a while now, so I thought: “Why not?”

      Thank you, Em. I have to say that the prompt did feel constricting a bit. And the final stanza wasn’t up to my standards, but I’m glad I gave it my all and hope that the message shined through it anyway.

      I’m glad you liked those. The beginning was my favorite, too.

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  2. Ohh fun! We both have a cowboy theme today.
    Like the first story a lot. It’s like the chicken and the egg and I can’t make up my mind.
    The poem, I agree with other comments. You’re back with onions. It’s beautiful!

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    1. It was funny because you had a cowboy doodle, someone who normally doesn’t do poetry posted a poem, I think a third person had something about a cowboy, too. It felt like I was connected to y’all in a way.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the pieces. They’re both so different but I didn’t want to split them between different posts.


  3. I entered all the contests too. You can find my offerings on the CR Rodeo 2020 heading.
    I was a judge one year and I know that’s a hard nut to crack. I enjoyed your pieces. The twists are what I think did me in on all the contests. But I enjoyed the writing.

    Remembering that people read from their hearts and well judging is very subjective helps.
    If you’d like when the contests are all over I can send you all my entries. Since they’ll show up on Carrot Ranch I’m not going to post them since I’m working through a series right now. But maybe another time I might.

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    1. Judging is so subjective, I think.
      I would like to be a judge. Maybe next year… I wonder if I would agree with the other judge…

      Lol. I wrote the above paragraph only after reading your first one. And then I see you wrote about judging being subjective. Well, yes, you know I agree with that.

      I hope to read all of the entries once they are all posted on CR’s website.

      Stay golden!

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