|Something that I so enjoy in my life is great Cowboy
poetry. It's an art form that can make us cry, laugh and bring food
for thought. I recently received the gift of Harold Roy Miller writing
one including him and myself relating to a clinic we shared in together.
Harold made me cry and I feel so touched once again by cowboy poetry. Below
the poem is a Biography about Harold and his work that he has such an evident
passion and gift for.
Harold Miller and his wife, Diana.
by Harold Roy Miller
I was one of those "know-it-all
horse trainer" cynics
Liz Graves was in town, a very well known clinician
I knew my gaited riding skills left a lot to be desired
Some participants brought stallions but most had
geldings or mares.
As we rode she stressed the importance of good saddle fit,
As I circled the arena, it didn't take too long
It was one of those poetry-in-motion type of rides.
The horse was like clay in her hands and she was like the potter.
I don't like humble pie and I hate to eat crow
Harold Roy Miller
Harold Roy Miller has been intrigued with the cowboy way since childhood, when his dad would take the kids to the movie show in downtown Corinth, Mississippi to watch Roy Rogers and Gene Autry gallop across the silver screen. Harold tries to capture the lighter side of horses and cowboy life in his writings. As his daddy said, "You might as well laugh as to cry; the outcome's gonna be the same."
Born in Mississippi, raised in Arizona, Harold has worked on horse ranches and raised his own cattle. He now lives in Stagecoach, Nevada with his wife Diana and raises gaited horses "for fun and poverty." Harold's other life works in security at the Nevada National Guard.
Harold's poems have been published in The Gaited Horse, Natural Horse, Trail Rider, Back Country Horsemen, Cowboy Times, Western Times, ETI , Pet Folio and Riding Magazines; Horse Valley News and HorseTales; The Missouri Fox Trotter Journal and their 2005 Celebration Calendar; and on internet websites American Western On-Line, Cowboy Poetry.com , Save Cloud Foundation, The Wyoming Companion and The Tombstone Bard (featured Cowboy Poet of the Month April 2003). Nominated for Western Music Association 2006 Cowboy Poet of the Year. Wrote lyrics for two songs on "Hearts of Iron" CD, a collaboration with Lacy J Dalton to raise awareness and funds for Nevada's wild horses. Published "Horse Daze - A Lighter Look at Horses and Cowboys." Harold has performed his poetry in Arizona, Idaho, California, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada and Utah.
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