Ol’ Jim Cathey recites the poem “Texas Braggin’” by Andy Hedges, a Lubbock Texas cowboy poet and songwriter. The poem depicts an old time Texas cowboy riding with some northern buckaroos that eventually get fed up with his never ending braggin’, and their futile attempt to stifle him.
Ol’ Jim Cathey recites the Johnny Cash poem “That Ragged Old Flag” for the November 2011 Marlin/Falls County Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Falls County Courthouse in Marlin, Texas.
The video shows Ol’ Jim’s recitation of the poem honoring the flag. It was a warm fall day with an occasional breeze that only slightly stirred the displayed flags. But at one point in the program, a gust of air swept the American Flag in front of the camera lens. For that moment in time the camera was focused on the flag as Ol’ Jim praised her and what she stands for.
Photo courtesy of Jay B. Sauceda. www.jaybsauceda.com
Cowboy Poetry is an interesting segment of this ol’ country boy’s life, a talent that was dormant for years, and then awakened after I retired. It seems like I have always enjoyed being able to bring a story to life as an occasion called for it, but cowboy poetry waited for me to retire. I had listened to and enjoyed recordings by cowboy poets Baxter Black and Waddie Mitchell, but never dreamed of becoming a cowboy poet myself.
Then my ol’ brother-in-law, Dr. Damon Steven, asked me to read a couple of poems for a library fundraiser at a cowboy breakfast in Mabank, Texas. I decided to learn those poems so they could be recited. And that opened the spigot. I learned several poems and then decided to try my hand at writing, thus, this website and even a CD of poems that come from deep in the Heart of Texas: fond memories stirred by incidents from my youth and day dreamed imaginations of yesteryear, mostly based on truth… yet artfully manipulated to develop a feeling of nostalgia and fantasy.