Beware Bold Maverick Calf
Poem By Robert Charles Howard
Have pity on the maverick calf
who flees his mother's milk
and shuns the circle of his herd -
drifting on through sage and hills -
stumbling and bleating in the heat.
Take care, courageous little bull:
the good old western law is still in force!
Watch your back and front and sides
for any rancher with a rope and iron
can claim and brand you for his own.