National Day of the Cowboy Art Spur 2017, “On to Greener Pastures”


It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. We know many that are worthy of a poem or a song. In Art Spur, we invite poets and songwriters to let selections of Western art inspire their poetry and songs.

Our 46th piece offered to “spur” the imagination is a special National Day of the Cowboy Art Spur, a photograph from Colorado ranchers and poets Valerie and Floyd Beard, titled “On to Greener Pastures.” Valerie comments, “We were helping the family move the cows that were calving later to another pasture where there would be more feed. It was such a beautiful day in beautiful country in the canyons of Southeastern Colorado.”

Events across America celebrate the thirteenth annual National Day of the Cowboy, Saturday July 22, 2017.

American Cowboy magazine launched the National Day of the Cowboy in 2004. Bethany Braley was involved with that launch and now she heads the National Day of the Cowboy organization, which works year round on the celebration.



Submissions are welcome from all through Wednesday, July 19, 2017. You may submit one poem, even if you have another poem pending. Poets and songwriters are invited to be inspired by the art; a literal representation of the art is not expected.


• submit your poem or lyrics to
• note in the subject line that it is a National Day of the Cowboy Art Spur submission
• consult our regular guidelines for general information about submissions

Selected pieces will be posted for the National Day of the Cowboy.


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