Here is the poem presented by Rose Schroeder and  Karen Bridge for the Cowboy poetry contest at Rendevous 2022.

Dust if you Must

by Rose Milligan

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better,

To paint a picture or write a letter,

Bake a cake or plant a seed,

Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if You must.

Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,

With rivers to cross and mountains to climb,

Music to hear and books to read,

Friends to cherish, life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the worlds’ out there

With the sun in your eyes and the wind in your hair,

A flutter of snow or a shower of rain,

This day will never come round again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,

Old age will come and it’s not always kind.

And when you go (and go you must)

You, yourself will make more dust.