The Cowboy Prayer
O Lord, I've never lived where churches grow;
loved creation better as it stood
day you finished it, so long ago,
looked upon your work and called it good.
let me live my life as I've begun!
give me work that's open to the sky;
me a partner of the wind and sun,
I won't ask a life that's soft and high.
me as big and open as the plains;
honest as the horse between my knees;
Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains
as the hawk that circles down the breeze.
keep an eye on all that's done and said;
right me sometime when I turn aside;
And guide me on the long, dim trail ahead –
That stretches upwards towards
- Badger Clark
Note: This is one of many takes on the Cowboy Prayer, all of which are attributed to Badger Clark. This is the most common one we've found in our neck of the woods. Other versions contain an additional half or even full stanza. - BMG