Songs of a Cheerful Cowboy
Not ignored by the sculptors and horses, the main assistants of the cowboys. Particularly impressive is the spectacle of the “Blue Mustang”, a giant figure of 32 feet high and weighing 4,000 kg, climbed on its hind legs to look at passengers arriving at Denver International Airport. But the largest sculptural composition in the world (and not only cowboy), is installed in Dallas, at Pioneer Plaza. On the very spot where the cattle drove once stood, driving thousands of herds from east to west. Many immigrant families will later travel along this Shawnee Trail, which leads to the West through Indian territory. And now here, under the supervision of three cowboys, they rush to a distant goal of about fifty bronze longhorns. Stopping for a minute to take a sip of water from the stream, overtaking each other, and confidently following the leader. All life-size, low down huge wide horns, not noticing the many spectators and visitors to the park. But one of the cowboys rushing right at you, not wanting to linger, to take pictures for memory. Flies, slightly releasing the stirrups and peering into the distance. Do not delay it. He is catching up with a cow lagging behind the herd. This young cowboy, busy with his arduous work, still does not know what is rushing into the future, at a gallop making history. To turn into a legend, a symbol, a model for pride and reverence. How can you not remember the lines of Leonid Filatov from “Song of a Cheerful Cowboy”:
I lived a sad life
And I did not understand yesterday,
What, as fate does not turn around, –
A blessing in disguise.
And if I suddenly wave
Dragged into the depths
That sea will dry to the bottom
And I will not drown.
And if I fall into a canyon,
Awkward like a watermelon
Then the rock will give me a slope
And I will not hurt myself.
And if they shoot me
In focus and sight,
That bullet will choose a horse,
And I will remain intact …
Well, how can you not love such a hero? Do not believe in him. And do not be proud of him: the Cowboy, who became a symbol of the United States.
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