I wasn’t raised on a ranch or led a cowboy life.
I was looking, however, for a hobby to help
occupy my time when I retired in 2003.
My inspiration was my cousin, Vern Woodbury. I
remember his recitations for many years and
enjoyed his poetry. Now if I could do half as
well as Vern, that would be a worthwhile
venture. So I looked on the internet, purchased
some books and was off and running. As time went
on, I started composing my own. I know more of
other people’s poetry than my own compositions,
but am slowly building mine up as ideas come
into my head.
After a stint in the Army from 1966 to 1969 I
was lucky enough in 1972 to be hired by the City
of Logan (Utah) Fire Department where I spent
the next 31 years.
Since retiring, my wife and I spend some time in
South Texas enjoying the people, weather and
food. I have opportunities to participate in
variety jams a couple of times a week which I
enjoy very much.
I enjoy listening to other cowboy poets and try
to learn from them. Everyone has their own style
and delivery which is what makes it interesting.