poet Charles Badger Clark

Charles Badger Clark

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Charles Badger Clark (January 1, 1883 – September 26, 1957) was an American poet.
Charles Badger Clark was born on January 1, 1883 in Albia, Iowa. His family moved to Dakota Territory, where his father served as a Methodist preacher in Huron, Mitchell, Deadwood and Hot Springs. He dropped out of Dakota Wesleyan University after he clashed with one of its founders, C.B. Clark. He travelled to Cuba, returned to Deadwood, South Dakota, where he contracted tuberculosis, then moved to Tombstone, Arizona to assuage his illness with the dry weather. He returned again to South Dakota in 1910 to take care of his ailing father. There, he contracted tuberculosis. In 1925, he moved to a cabin in ... more »

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  • Shirley Mcaskill (11/3/2020 4:24:00 PM)

    Do you have a printed copy of mr. Clarke’s poems?

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  • Winnie Dimock (9/23/2020 11:39:00 AM)

    " Doggerel" is it? I certainly love steak and salmon, but a chuckwagon stew is nourishing comfort food. Clark's poems take me back to the horses, campfires and bedrolls of my uncomplicated growing years,

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Best Poem of Charles Badger Clark

A Cowboy's Prayer

(Written for Mother)

Oh Lord, I've never lived where churches
I love creation better as it stood
That day You finished it so long ago
And looked upon Your work and called it
I know that others find You in the light
That's sifted down through tinted window
And yet I seem to feel You near tonight
In this dim, quiet starlight on the plains.

I thank You, Lord, that I am placed so well,
That You have made my freedom so com-
That I'm no slave of whistle, clock or bell,
Nor weak-eyed prisoner of wall and street.

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