Christmas at the BAR-D


Welcome to the 20th annual Christmas at the BAR-D. We’ll be posting poems, classic, old, and new, during the season. Christmas Art Spur poems will be posted before Christmas.

Please consider pitching in to ensure BAR-D programs can go forward in 2020.

“Supporting the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry supports the entire community of cowboy/western artists. Before the holidays run up yer back, maul you around, and leave you wondering what happened, step up here and help out this tremendous resource if you can. You won’t regret it, and we can all thank each other! Please donate.”  Jerry Brooks 

Find a collection of Christmas poems, first started in 2000, here.


2019 POSTS

Santa Shoer
Santa Must Be a Shoer,” by Andy Nelson

Rudolph’s Night Off,” by Baxter Black

barkerfixed“A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer,” by S. Omar Barker

timartspurThe Star and the Humble Cowboy,” by Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”)

img523Wild Turkey Christmas,” by Jo Kirkwood

Fox Waits in the Meadow,” by DW Groethe

Christmas Day…

The Old-Time Christmas,” by Bruce Kiskaddon
Merry Christmas,” by Bruce Kiskaddon



bustedcowboypic2018A Busted Cowboy’s Christmas,” by D.J. O’Malley

serenadereedyChristmas Serenade,” by J.W. Beeson

Line-Camp Christmas,” by S. Omar Barker



“Santa on My Heels,” by Dan “Doc” Wilson
“No Regrets,” by Morgan Wilson
“Christmas, 2019” by Robert Dennis
howrycow“The Christmas Cow,” by Ken Howry






“Cattle at Christmas (or) Homage to Fake News”
by Jo Lynne Kirkwood
“A True Country Christmas” by Michelle Turner
” A Christmas Memory” by Ol’ Jim Cathey





The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Eight (2013) is a double CD compilation of vintage and contemporary recordings of some of the  best Christmas cowboy poetry.

In this eighth annual edition of The BAR-D Roundup, a diverse chorus of voices presents contemporary and classic Christmas works. Opening the collection is a beautiful rendition of the shaped-note “Christmas Waltz” by National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow Buck Ramsey (1938-1998), accompanied by his sisters and brother. Great cowboy troubadour Don Edwards recites Badger Clark’s “The Christmas Trail”; top cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell offers his original “Good Gift”; Red Steagall, past Texas Poet Laureate and the state’s official cowboy poet delivers S. Omar Barker’s “Three Wise Men”; and the voice of Jimmy Dean (1928-2010) is heard in a vintage recording of S. Omar Barker’s “A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer.”

Forty-three additional poets and reciters present a spirited range of poems, many of them from the archive of Christmas at the BAR-D, started in 2000. Some of the poems are from Christmas Art Spur projects at, where poets are invited to be inspired by art and photography.



Available for $25 postpaid in the US ($35 international)
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PO Box 1107, Lexington, VA 24450

Every year’s CD includes a radio public service announcement about the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry. For this CD, it is delivered by ranch-raised rodeo broadcaster Totsie Slover.

The BAR-D Roundup cover images are usually vintage photos of poets or their forebears. This special Christmas collection veers slightly from that tradition with a photo of “Little Buddy” a steer from the Granley Ranch near Bainville, Montana (thanks to poet, picker, and ranch hand DW Groethe). Inside is a photograph of the annual live Nativity at Dick Noble and Jim and Tina Noble Nelson’s Flying U Ranch, in Cora, Wyoming.


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Lost to us in 2019: Dennis Gaines, Cleve Rice, Tim Johnson, Leo Naumann, Diane Coggin Merrill, Mike Logan, Lucky Whipple, Rusty Feathers, Bruce Matley, Janice Mitich, Leon Rausch, Marion Manwill, Del Gustafson, and Carol Reffold.




“Supporting the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry/ supports the entire community of cowboy/western artists. Before the holidays run up yer back, maul you around, and leave you wondering what happened, step up here and help out this tremendous resource if you can. You won’t regret it, and we can all thank each other! Please donate.”  Jerry Brooks 

At (also known as the BAR-D) and the non-profit Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, our mission is to preserve, celebrate, and promote the arts and life of the real working West. Thanks to a great community of supporters, we have fulfilled that mission for twenty years. Right now your help is needed to continue the work of the BAR-D.

Now is a great time to renew your support or become a donor for the first time. Donations of any amount are valued. Donors at the $50 and higher level will receive the 2020 poster and CD.

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The Center reaches out to rural communities each year during Cowboy Poetry Week, in its associated Rural Library program. Rural libraries across the West receive the year’s original Western art poster and an invitation for our annual CD for their collections. Poets and musicians bring their programs into libraries and other community centers during Cowboy Poetry Week. To keep those programs going–and all of the work of the Center including and our social media–we need your help.

Whether you are a renewing supporter (thank you) or a new supporter, your donation will make a crucial difference in the success our programs. Be a part of it all.There are gifts for you, too: U.S. donors of $50 also receive our annual CD and Western art poster. Read about all of the donor gifts here and find information for Canadian and international donors.

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