Why Heavenly Cowboys Couldn’t Celebrate Christmas



Why Heavenly Cowboys Couldn’t

Celebrate Christmas


Cowboys corralled in Heaven pulled

All kinds of vexin’ things,

Like tippin’ halos crooked-like

And ropin’ angels’ wings.

They’re so well known for cuttin’ up

Since back when time began,

For no one’s pulled shenanigans

The way that cowboys can.

No, cowboys didn’t get high marks

In God’s reported word

While they were ratin’ risin’ stars-

Too many tales were heard

Of cowboys playin’ naughty tricks,

Upsetting schedulin’s,

And gettin’ Angels so upset-

God said, “We’ll clip those wings.

That cowboys use to horse around

We’ll have them guard the gate.

The night of our blessed happening

While we all celebrate.

They won’t have time to hatch their schemes

To upset this event.

On Christmas Eve, they’ll have no part –

And maybe – they’ll repent.

As shepherds herded sheep that night

And knelt in starlit fields,

The cowboys learned the penalities

That cowboy teasin’ yields.

While Angels’ voices sang of the Birth,

And glow lit up the skies,

Sad cowboys only got to hear

The angels lullabies

And that’s how Heaven evened score

For tricks those cowboys played; 

They didn’t get to join in praise

When the world knelt down and prayed. 

                                              By Marianna Logan McNeil


Thank you to the late multi-award-winning poet and friend, Marianna Logan McNeil, of Petticoats and Pistols who gave this poem to the Fillies before her passing. 




Updated: December 23, 2018 — 10:58 am


  1. Merry Christmas.

    1. Kim, Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Thank you so much for posting this. Happy Holidays to everyone.

    1. Carol, you are so welcome. I have another poem by the same poet for New Years Eve that I will be posting. From all of the Fillies, Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    1. Janine, Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  3. Merry Christmas!. Great spot!

    1. Merry Christmas, Debra, to you and yours!

  4. Merry Christmas to you all!

    1. Susan, Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  5. Thank you for sharing this wonderful poem. I so sorry for your loss. Hope you all have a blessed Christmas day.

    1. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Lori. Marianne was very talented and we miss her so very much. Blessings to you and yours.

  6. Loved the poem. Merry Christmas to all of you.

    1. Thanks, Quilt Lady. Marianne was a very talented poet. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. Merry Christmas!

    1. Melanie, Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  8. Merry Christmas everyone!!

  9. Merry Christmas everyone!

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