Cooking in the West
October 8, 2021
Every time I read a Baxter Black poem, I am inspired to become a cowboy poet, but "The Cremation of Sam McGee" by Robert Service is my favorite inspirational poem. It was his signature poem that launched his career. He got the idea from a story he heard while attending a party. He left the party, walked around in the woods all night composing the poem in his mind, and then sat down to pen it the next day. This poem is no "Sam McGee", and I am no Baxter Black, but when my favorite packers at the K Lazy Three told me this story I decided it demanded to be set to rhyme!