David Smith

Cowboy Poet Lariat

Waxahachie, Texas

David Smith composes original cowboy poems and recites them throughout Texas and New Mexico. He performs at cowboy gatherings, schools, nursing homes, clubs, churches, and at Ft Worth Stockyards Rodeo – wherever the love of the cowboy way of life thrives. He writes of cattle drives, cowboy characters, and life in the rugged West.

David has published three books and one CD of cowboy poetry and is a proud member of the International Western Music Association (IWMA). He was commissioned to create and perform three poems for Ellis County Historical Marker dedication commemorating the Shawnee Cattle Trails, the Cotton Industry, and the City of Old Bardwell. David has placed three times in Sims Library’s Irene Emerson Poetry Writing Contest. He was inducted into the WHS Ex-Student’s Association Fine Arts Hall of Fame in 2020.

Besides writing and performing cowboy poetry David teaches and encourages new generations of Waxahachie ISD 4th and 7th-grade poets to write poetry for the youth poetry competition. He teaches Sunday school regularly at the First United Methodist Church and served as Docent for The Dallas Museum of Art for 15 years.

Retired from the flooring business he owned with his father for 42 years, David and his high school sweetheart wife, Pat, have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. They reside in Waxahachie where the City Council recently proclaimed him Waxahachie’s official “Cowboy Poet Lariat” . He and Pat are honored to have organized three Waxahachie Cowboy Gatherings.

Honors & Awards

Waxahachie Official Cowboy Poet Lariat, proclaimed by Waxahachie City Council

WHS Ex-Students Association Fine Arts Hall of Fame

Waxahachie City Council Honorary Council Member