Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Dusty Horse (Poets United)

                              Laurie Pace

The dusty horse stands lone with reins unmanned
Its saddle slants with bloodstains dried and brown
Sweat pours like mud from heaving sides distressed
The cowboy’s dead and lost on prairie’s land

A red bandanna dances ‘cross hot sand
It’s torn and damp from tears and sweat and fear
An angel’s breath blew home the faithful mare
The dusty horse stands lone with reins unmanned

A pistol lay uncocked in limp scarred hands
An ambush flashed from friends with smiles and guns
A prayer lay froze on lips now pale and chapped
The cowboy’s dead and lost on prairie’s land

The dusty horse stands lone with reins unmanned
A red bandanna dances ‘cross hot sand


Jingle Poetry said...

love the dusty horse, and the corresponding imagery is elegant!

poem on, Happy Wednesday.

Diana Lee said...

I can taste the dust on lips after reading. I read your oneshot but this one grabbed me. Thanks much for visiting my page and I'm happy to have discovered you through One Stop Poetry :)

Anonymous said...

Very moving. Thanks for visiting my blog! I just love the photo in your blog header.

Krisse said...

Strong imagery you have here... I can almost see the poem, like a movie in my mind.

Old Ollie said...

Cool genre - makes me want to read more cowboy poems.

Anonymous said...

Great image and imagery, well matched and well said!

Laurie Kolp said...

Henry~ This is a very moving, poignant piece... the cascade form is one of my favorites and it goes well with the poem.

Peggy said...

Wonderfully emotive for me, Henry. The rhythm and use of repetition is wonderful. I am thinking it must be a form of some kind but not sure what (I am not up on forms). I like the horse painting too and the big tree on the top of your blog is wonderful. Thanks for visiting my blog as well.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This form and the repetition and changing placement of the lines is very intriguing. Great job! The pace and metre are perfection.
p.s. I love that tree photo every time I come in here - what a spectacular tree!

Susannah said...

Love the repetion of lines. A lovely piece of writing. :-)

Rinkly Rimes said...

A large story expressed in a few words.

Mary said...

A poem of sadness and loyalty. I hurt for the horse.

Anna :o] said...

A sad tale well told.

Anna :o]

thingy said...

Ugh, this killed me. Sad, but so beautifully written.

I'm Just a Man (Recording Experiment ... I can't sing)

I am in the mood to change my tree to a cubic version.