A Cowboy’s Prayer extends beyond rodeo

January 26, 2016
One illustration from "Sun and Saddle Leather," a 1919 book of Clark's cowboy poetry.

One illustration from “Sun and Saddle Leather,” a 1919 book of Clark’s cowboy poetry.

On page 12 of Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo, I share a version of “A Cowboy’s Prayer” I heard shared during the Grand Entry of a Navajo rodeo.

The poem might have taken inspiration from Badger Clark. He was named South Dakota Poet Laureate in 1937. However he preferred the nickname “Poet Lariat.”

Here is Clark’s rendition of “A Cowboy’s Prayer.”

Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...