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 ...

Charles Badger Clark Poems


The daybreak comes so pure and still.
He said that I was pure as dawn,
That day we climbed to Signal Hill.

The Coyote

Trailing the last gleam after,
In the valleys emptied of light,
Ripples a whimsical laughter
Under the wings of the night.

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

The Old Cow Man

I rode across a valley range
I hadn't seen for years.
The trail was all so spoilt and strange
It nearly fetched the tears.

A Border Affair

Spanish is the lovin' tongue,
Soft as music, lights as spray.
'Twas a girl I learnt it from,
Livin' down Sonora way.

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Shirley Mcaskill 03 November 2020

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

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Winnie Dimock 23 September 2020

" 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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