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Grateful for the Chances
Mike Moutoux


Iímgratefulfor thechancesgiven me
For places that could set my spirit free
Been reckless when I had to be
No, long days never bothered me
ĎCause I saw things Iíd never get to see
Trading time for one more memory

Rode mountain trails where aspens twist and sway
Where Douglas Firs threw shadows deep and long
And columbines nod gently in the shade
Where canyon creeks made music all day long.
Iíve been blessed to see a new life come to be
Helped a time or two when the birth was rough
And the mourning of a cow inspired me
When she lost a calf she never got to love

Been in the thick of things in the branding pen
Survived the swirling dust and kicking calves
Seen fine roping done by the best of quiet men
Each of us all giving all we have

Saddled up my horse in the pearly light of morn
Seen the last stars kiss the morning moon goodbye
Watched the eastern clouds greet the sun as it was born
The beauty and romance would make me sigh

Iímgratefulfor thechancesgiven me
Tried to share it all with songs and poetry
Stretched the truth now if I had to
Sang my heart out and was glad to
Gratefulfor thechanceto set you free
Gratefulfor the time you took for me.

© by Mike Moutoux.
Used here with the authorís permission


Mike Moutoux (pronounced "moo-toe") is a cowboy-singer-songwriter-cowboy poet from Silver City, New Mexico. Known as “New Mexico’s Enchanting Cowboy,” he specializes in turning ranch work into cowboy songs and cowboy poetry that give listeners a rare look into the life of a working cowboy. His songs and poems are always filled with wonderful images---perhaps influenced by his work as a photographer. But it is his work as a cowboy that lends an authenticity to his work most audiences quickly realize and appreciate. Learn more about Mike at


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Nicely done, Mike. I like the cowboy syntax featured in your poem.
Posted 04/17/2017 03:01 PM
Posted 04/17/2017 09:11 AM
Larry Schug:
Giddy-up. Let's all ride into each day in this spirit.
Posted 04/17/2017 08:10 AM
Beautiful poem-song. I like this line esp.'Seen fine roping done by the best of quiet men '
Posted 04/17/2017 06:41 AM

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