Cowboys and Witches by John K Bucher

I wrote this book, or I guess parts of it from 2006-2008. It was published in 2010. The short story was a continuation of one of the characters in my first novel – The Suicide Cowboys. It was during this period I moved from Denver to Ft Collins and about once a week, my son Josh and I would drive up into the mountains to Estes Park and spend the day. We would park in town and walk up a nature trail past pools of trout and grazing elk to the the Stanley Hotel. The old hotel was where Stephen King got the story for The Shinning. We would have a drink at the bar and talk to the employees about their own supernatural experiences while they were on duty. Later we would retreat down the trail again and eat lunch at Lonigans Saloon, and Irish pub. I would go home with a car full of ideas and stories. This book holds some of them.

Just Me and the Night

Go away loneliness I want to drink Vodka

perverse drunken logic beckons me to the party

walk straight damn it the cops are watching I think

oh my God why, such a waste of the moment,

just then I girl asks me “what am I doing?”

we walk and she takes me someplace as sparks shoot from

her ass while she lies to me, what a performance!

4 am and I am at a 7-11 buying milk as a vast array of people lie

sleeping in old brick apartments. I hear a scream,

“Don’t call the cops!” I trudge home behind a black cat and let

myself in. Lying down I feel the rhythm of the night and wait

for the sleep fairies to close the gate of my mind.

Evening Street Lights

Walking along the busy sidewalks of the life soaked day

Autumn winds catches my collar and thumps my thoughts

My eyes go up to the third floor window and no lights shine

Loneliness shakes me


I walk all this way and she is not home- Darker now

I shuffle around and go

To a corner bar and sit down

Blonde whore


She wants a drink

I buy her one

Now what?

Her tale of woe, God

I pay

Walk out the door

Still no light

Where is she?

Cold, I stumble

What now?

The dull yellow street lights

They mock me and tell me to go home

I go as the street lights keep watch

On the third floor window

These and many more poems and stories are in Cowboys and Witches. This and all my books at K Bucher

Welcome to the new look and content….

A new look and fresh content has arrived.  Last month I posted several “tastes” of my newest book “CALIFORNIA BEAT POETRY- NUMBER 2” with yours truly reading some of the poems.


I have revamped the look of this place, and will offer a weekly look at things that cross my path and other beatnik thoughts and items I am puzzling over.



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Last week while I was coming back from the post office I encountered the crew from Jimmy Kimmel and ended up on the Holloween show:

On Friday I will talk about Quentin Tarrentino and his new movie about to debut. Having met him a few times and hearing his back stories about some of his favorite  works, I will feature an older movie he made- Jackie Brown. See you then.


Reading From California Beat Poetry


Page 29 Boulevard Sandwich #4


chocolate store fantasy

meters blink red

garbage truck bang

yellow blue taxi

movie stars maps

musso frank 1919

black red graffiti

one legged man

gay man smiles

happy hour specials

grocery store girl

tee shirt sale

free stress test


For a copy of “California Beat Poetry” – Number One Hollywood Boulevard, click on:



My Other Blogs

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I have been blogging for years and have others that I will share on this site.

Bucher And Son is the blog that I share with my youngest son, Josh Bucher. He and I collaborate quite often, and I also put a lot of poetry on this one.

Jack Nissalke Is Innocent is one of two blogs I write for people I know that have been wrongfully convicted. I wrote a book a few years ago about Jack, called “Murder And Deceit”.

Ken Andersen Is Innocent is the second real life story about a man wrongfully convicted of murder.

The Sundance Experience is a blog mainly about the show “Rectify”” on the Sundance Channel.

Last one of the lineup is Greensmoke Poetry which is only poetry I have to offer.