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Kids of Summer

Wayne Brown has been an online writer for more than 10 years.



By: Wayne Brown

Ridin’ a bean-stick pony with a shoestring for a bridle

Six guns strapped around our waist; gunslinger our title

We roamed the town of Pretend with the best of intentions

We were the kids of summer playing cowboys ‘n injuns

Cap guns were our Christmas toys for about ten good years

We broke a lot of good bean-sticks making our ponies rear

Ridin’ the trail from dawn to dusk; outlaws lived in danger

We were the kids of summer playin’ Tonto and Lone Ranger

There was afternoon movie matinees of westerns scenes

They would fire our imagination and refresh all our dreams

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Roy Rogers, Tom Mix, Wild Bill Hickok, and Johnny Ringo

We were the kids of summer playin’, Oh Pancho! Oh Cisco!

Wild Bill Cody, Lash LaRue, Sunset Carson, Johnny Mack Brown

We played ‘em all; fought for justice, when outlaws came around

Ridin’ through the back country on our horses made out of stick

We were the kids of summer, and our gun hands were mighty quick

Sometimes the girls would come around and want to play

If they could up with a name, they could join in the fray

Dale Evans, Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane all wore the dress

We were the kids of summer, saving cowgirls in distress

When the sun was all set we would ride our ponies to the shed

Then we’d head to the bunkhouse where all the grub was fed

Our guns were checked at the door as was our mom’s intentions

We were the kids of summer, just playin’ cowboys ‘n injuns

Our imaginations were the best; the stuff of western thrillers

We grew up to be adults and none of us turned out killers

Our heroes were the good guys, only drawing guns for cause

We were the kids of summer, rounding up those bad outlaws

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Wayne Brown


Wayne Brown (author) from Texas on April 22, 2014:

@Alexandra...For about a decade, I considered the smell of fresh-busted caps a part of Christmas! LOL! It was a magical time of life and one in which the imagination knew no bounds in the land of Pretend. Thanks Alexandra! ~ WB

Alexandra on April 21, 2014:

I loved the smell of those caps! You sure brought a lot of good memories back (even for girls lol). We were out adventuring all day until dusk.

Wayne Brown (author) from Texas on July 14, 2013:

@Amy...Those were the times when it seem that things were simple although I believe that in the back of our minds we had the impatience of "wanting to grow up" and do anything "we wanted" crying out. Thanks much, Amy! ~WB

Amy on July 13, 2013:

Fun! Memories of childhood with no worries, no baggage! I must have missed this one!

CapGuns.Org from San Diego, CA on February 04, 2013:

Haha good point! Thanks again for posting.

Wayne Brown (author) from Texas on February 04, 2013:

@capguns...I have sure tried. Of course in today's politically correct environment, a child could be relegated to a life of interrogation and counseling for even voicing a desire to have one. If such influences had any merit with "normal children", my brother and I would be mass murders today...we lived under the influence for at least a decade. Thanks much! ~WB

CapGuns.Org from San Diego, CA on February 04, 2013:

FINALLY! A breath of fresh air! Please keep more of these memories of cap guns alive.

Wayne Brown (author) from Texas on August 20, 2010:

@lalesu...and so you did. I am right proud of ya' girl. Your my kinda woman! LOL! WB

lalesu from south of the Mason-Dixon on August 20, 2010:

I will...I am...I did...just finished reading it now! ;D

Wayne Brown (author) from Texas on August 19, 2010:

@lalesu...Laura, I sure am sorry things didn't work out with Roy or Micky for that matter. I guess somethings aren't meant to be. Your comments reminded me of a teenage crush and that will be an inspiration for a humorous piece that I will dedicate to you for inspiring me to write it. Watch for it! WB

lalesu from south of the Mason-Dixon on August 19, 2010:

You know, Wayne Brown, I had my heart set on marrying Roy Rogers, then I found out he was already married to Dale little five years old heart was broke and my dreams were crushed...until I fell in love with Micky Dolenz and all was right with the world. ;D This is a wonderful, nostalgic piece that I can very much relate to. ~ Laura

Wayne Brown (author) from Texas on August 16, 2010:

@breakfastpop...I had some really great stick horses in my day at the expense of my folks pile of beansticks for the yell at too! WB

breakfastpop on August 16, 2010:

I loved that pony on a stick and so did my kids. I think I was a cowgirl in a former life!

Wayne Brown (author) from Texas on August 15, 2010:

@dallas93444...Thank you, glad you enjoyed the vision! WB

@saddlerider1...see! we did grow up much alike even though miles and miles separated us. The western lore of television and big screen captured our hearts as kids. It was all we cared about until we were old enough for sports. Lots of imagination burned up in those days...good ones! Thanks for the comments Ken. WB

saddlerider1 on August 15, 2010:

I remember those days as a boy and imagery was so much fun. It was a big pretend club kind of like a fraternity for kids. I to had the cowboy hat, tin star, bee bee gun, silver cap gun and holster. It was a big event going to the dime store to get my extra caps to keep my gun loaded at all times for those shoot out events with my fellow good guys. I enjoyed this one very much Wayne, thanks for the memories.

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on August 14, 2010:

Stark. Succinct. Picture building poem...

Wayne Brown (author) from Texas on August 13, 2010:

@Paradise7...Thank you for visiting...glad you enjoyed the poem. WB

@Tom Cornett...It was a nostalgic write for me as well! Thanks, Tom! WB

@blake4d...Totally childhood era lost to technology and video games I am afraid...lots of imagination in those days. Thanks for the comments, Blake! WB

blake4d on August 13, 2010:

I love the graphic at the beginning of this one WB. And your simple yet effective choice of words, name dropping and imagery is dare I say beautiful. You capture moments in time very well though much of your writings. Keep the faith Cowboy. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

Tom Cornett from Ohio on August 13, 2010:

I love this....took me back home...thanks! :)

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on August 13, 2010:

It was a very nostalgic visit. Thanks.

Wayne Brown (author) from Texas on August 13, 2010:

@Tom Whitworth...Thanks much Tom...that's pretty much the way it was for us and we love every minute of it! WB

Tom Whitworth from Moundsville, WV on August 13, 2010:


You described our youth very well.

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