I wish I was Roy


I wish I was Roy

May 5 05'

 I wish I was Roy

there is not a night that

I don’t think of you

a ghost in my dreams

a shadow of a shadow of something

that moves in the night

above my head

like a small white cloud

that my soul will not let go

so you stay in my dreams

someone from long ago

when I was your hero

you were my friend

talking just to talk

listening when it was time

I wish you had not hit me so hard

I don’t blame you

it’s just a character flaw

of mine

something I never saw coming

I wish I was Roy

I wish I was still your hero

I wish I was the knight in shining armor

on the white horse

riding to your rescue

like a scene from some silent movie

I wish I was the cool guy

with the lopsided grin

that turned your heart to mush

I wish I was your first kiss

I wish I was your first crush

I wish I was the first person

that you ever missed

I wish I was Roy Rogers

and you were Dale Evans

riding off into the sunset

and we rode side by side as the evening sun sank slowly into the Western Sky

and the Sons of the Pioneers sang ‘hear them tumbling tumble weeds’

softly in the background

and Trigger turned around

to gently nuzzle Buttermilk

and we rode so close together

our knees rubbed

 Now if this story hasn’t yet brought a tear to your eye, did you know Festus was a Son’s of the Pioneers? Did you know Festus signed a contract to sing with the Tommy Dorsey Band to replace Frank Sinatra..Well you do know...The passionate enormity so far kind of overwhelming ..isn’t it? And you just know that Marshall Dillion and Miss Kitty were screwing around big time.....

Now back to the wide screen and Roy and Dale

in the audience a bunch of kids at the Saturday Matinee

the boys with a small tear in their eye but not letting each other see

as they ride their bikes away

to the sound of ‘Hear Them Tumbling Tumbleweeds Tumbling Down’ echoing in their

devious juvenile minds

riding their bikes home

like they were mounted on gallant steeds

riding flat out

the good guys in the white hats

looking for the bad guys to fight it out

wondering what Dale Evans might look like


friends are hard to find

heroes often fail

still I’d give all of Texas and half the Moon

just to hear the phone ring

and your voice say

‘Hey Man, you still cool?’

"Charming, poignant, sickly witty..a times near the abyss of abysmal melancholy but reigning it in just at the point of falling into that overly melodramatic chasm".. True West Magazine

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Teardrops commented on I wish I was Roy


I was a kit caron fan and Watt fan loved to have the gun fights even girls play cowboies . Great write Marie

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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