Antique Boots
By Clark Crouch
It was just some cowboy boots,
not much as antiques go,
but they was right there on sale
at the mall's antique show.

They was badly scarred and worn...
the price was very low...
and they was toward the back
sorta hidden, you know.

It made you sorta wonder
just where they'd been and all...
just where they'd trod and wandered
that brought them to that stall.

If only them boots could talk
about life on the range
it'd be fascinating
and maybe somewhat strange.

But answers are locked away
we'll never hear the tale
of how them boots came to be
there in an antique sale.

Anyhow, I bought them boots
and took them home with me
as a tribute to the days
of when the west was free.

They now sit upon the hearth
on permanent display
given a place of honor
and pondered on each day.
Clark Crouch All rights reserved.

About the author....CLARK CROUCH- Cowboy Poet and Blue Ribbon Man!!

    Clark Crouch, Cowboy Poet of Richland, Washington, delivers the reality of the West through his western and cowboy poetry. His performances are drawn from more than 200 original poems which capture the humor and the pathos of the west of yesterday and today. He is especially known for the brevity and wit of his poems, many of which end with a humorous twist. But Clark Crouch is much more than a poet and performer. He is a BLUE RIBBON MAN who achieved  much in his life and did it on his own.... the tough way....through hard work....through life-long service to his country and community.

He was born in 1928 and spent his youth in the Sandhills of Nebraska, earning his own way as a cowboy from the age of twelve until he was nearly eighteen. His life and attitudes were shaped by drought and The Great Depression. He and his parents lived for a time on a ranch occupying a one room sod house which was about twenty feet square with an earthen floor and a sod roof. Cheesecloth strung beneath the roof caught falling dirt and insects and sheets strung on wires provided partitions for two rudimentary bedrooms. The amenities were strictly mid-19th Century.

   Clark attended a succession of rural, one-room schools walking or riding his pony as much as five miles morning and evening. Employed as a ranch hand during the summers from the time he was twelve until he was nearly eighteen, he worked his way through high school, supplementing his summer income by working at various times as a retail clerk, telephone operator, janitor, and truck driver.  Clark joined the Army Air Corps right out of high school toward the end of WWII and was recalled to the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict.

    He was employed by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.  During his 32 years of service, he held such positions as Director of Contracting and Procurement, Assistant to the Director of Nuclear Materials Safeguards, Assistant to the Director of Engineering and Construction, Contract Administrator for programs valued at nearly $500-million, Public Information Officer, Freedom of Information Officer, and Technical Information Officer for all reporting on the Hanford Project in Washington State.

      Following his retirement, he started a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, group facilitation, and team-building. The planning resources which he developed include a simplified strategic planning model and tools for its application which he used in working with clients and in conducting workshops and seminars for continuing education programs at several colleges and universities.  The model was successful and is now in use around the world in colleges and universities, government agencies, and industrial and business organizations. It was published in a graduate text, Marketing for the 21st Century, authored by two professors at Hofstra University in New York. Although the model is copyrighted, Clark freely gave permission for its use and never accepted payment except when he was directly involved in its implementation within an organization.

      Now, at a couple years shy of 80, Clark does a lot of volunteer work. Currently, he is a vice-chair of the Washington State Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund Committee (an economic development agency which invests in job creation), chairman of the Richland Housing Authority (a regional agency), board member and immediate past president of the Tri-Cities Food Bank (a regional organization serving four small cities and a large rural community), member of the Economic Development District of the Benton Franklin Council of Governments, president of a local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association (NARFE), planning coordinator for the Washington Federation of Chapters of NARFE.,

     His interest in poetry stems from a 1940's acquaintance with Badger Clark, then Poet Laureate of South Dakota, who inspired him to write his first cowboy poem in 1941. In 2002 he began writing and performing cowboy poetry professionally. He has performed in the Northwestern U.S. and Western Canada at cowboy gatherings, county fairs, retirement homes, and community events. In 2006 his bookings include: a Legends of Country Tour in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington and other venues such as the Jefferson County Fair at Port Townsend, Washington; the Clatsop County Fair at Astoria, Oregon; and the Benton Franklin County Fair at Kennewick, Washington.

      Clark Crouch has four books of poetry in print: Voices of the Wind, Reflections, Where Horses Reign, and Sun, Sand & Soapweed. He also has a new CD, Where Horses Reign, containing thirty-five of his poems. Selected poetry is syndicated to some fifty regional editions of The Country Register, an antiques and crafts tabloid, in the U.S. and Canada.

You can learn more about it at his web site.

                                             Contact: Email to Clark Crouch - 509-946-1558

Under copyright protection. The poem on this web page may not be excerpted, copied, or reproduced, used or performed in any form (graphic, electronic or mechanical) without the express written permission of  the author.

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