The Straight Shooter

...another good cowboy gone west...

Joe Bowman

April 12, 1925 - June 28, 2009



Joe Bowman - Straight Shooter


Men in the rough - on the trails all new-broken -
Those are the friends we remember with tears;

Few are the words that such comrades have spoken -

Deeds are their tributes that last through the years.

Men in the rough - sons of prairie and mountain -
Children of nature, warm-hearted, clear-eyed;

Friendship with them is a never-sealed fountain;

Strangers are they to the altars of pride.

Men in the rough - curt of speech to their fellows -

Ready in everything, save to deceive;

Theirs are the friendships that time only mellows,

And death cannot sever the bonds that they weave.

Men in the Rough by Arthur Chapman, 1917