The Cowboy and the Kid

The cowboy might have been

a tough ranch hand

alone most days

set in his ways

a nomad roaming the land.

But underneath that shell

something he kept hid

a child’s adoration

caused a transformation

he winked and said, “I’ll come back for you, kid.”

Surely, he was joking,

teasing his little shadow,

“In one year

I’ll be here,”

he said, “And I’ll take you where I go.”

The boy followed the cowboy

and did whatever he did

until at last

the season passed,

he winked and said, “I’ll come back for you, kid.”

Before he could make good

death came to his door.

Buried in the land

is the old cowhand

never to ride anymore.

A cowboy will keep his word,

even this one did

the boy passed on

when a year was gone

the cowboy came back for the kid.

© 2018 ck’s days

A Chilling Tale

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