Fake Cowboys

Fake Cowboys

Take off the eleven and half gallon hat

And join the modern world.

That cowboy shit wasn’t real then

And it’s not selling beans now.

Killing Indians

And Runaway Slaves

Ain’t nothing to be proud about anyhow.

And for all you Willie Nelson fans

that pot-smoking, tax-dodging tenderfoot

 isn’t any more authentic

than these suburban rappers with guns

and business degrees.

Pure theatre

For the unwashed

And unworthy.

Word to the served.

Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and podcaster.


  1. I agree. There are no more cowboy. Just a bunch of alcoholics pretending to be more important than they really are. You want to be brave. Face life sober.

  2. The cowboy is more an idea now. A time gone. This piece reminds me of a piece of Southwest Literature I read, called The Brave Cowboy by Edward Abbey. Thought-provoking write.

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