I am not a star-struck person or hero worshiper, but there is something about Louis L’Amour’s Texas Ranger Chick Bowdrie that has always fascinated me. These are simple, predictable stories but the character and wit of a bygone man, in a bygone era is attractive and comforting. I don’t picture Chick with a cheesy mustache but he probably would have had a Winchester .44-40 lever action rifle like the book-cover. In the stories, he typically uses his pistols. Notice my pink “Smith Family Bookstore” bookmark. I must have found this all Bowdrie book in the mess of used books at Smith’s in Eugene, Oregon. For future reference, the “can’t get you sick” line is born out of the COVID19 crisis when real people were off limits. Enjoy the poem and the fantasy.
The Fantasy of a Chivalrous Time
Spent the day with a wood-fire
and Chick Bowdrie.
A fictional ranger can’t get you sick
and he is always strong, ready, and quicker
than the bad guys.
Chick rescued two old West young ladies today
without a scratch.
Wind is kicking up here in the not so old Midwest.
Light is getting short.
Time for Chick to go back on the shelf
and for me to go back to the modern world
where the lady isn’t always saved in the end.
In the modern world, she has to save herself
because there are no Chick Bowdries on the job.