a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Horseshoe...

The Thing About Rust
Things Carried
Empty horseshoe
With rusty nails
Plucked from
The worn trail

Inverted
For good luck
The empty shoe
Stood tucked

Standing in honor
Lying in state
Next to a knife
And a Civil War plate

My horses 
Ran barefoot
The shoe
Remains empty

Empty of luck
Empty of  horse
Just like my heart
Empty of course

37 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is a very cool response to the prompt.......love that the horses go barefoot. I'll bet they enjoy that! Up here our horses' feet are shod, for walking on concrete - not as wonderful as galloping through open fields......loved the ending!

TexWisGirl said...

i like it. quite whimsical.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I thought it was sad...

Willow said...

Moving, thoughtful ... actually it still has me deep in thought .

Brian Miller said...

ha. your heart is not empty...smiles...but you do have cool treasures..

Sandy said...

Your heart will never be totally empty. Great poem.

Susie Clevenger said...

A touch of whimsy, a touch of melancholy...nice work.
btw I doubt your heart will ever by empty. :)

Jinksy said...

Now, I always thought a horseshoe that way up was inviting the devil to sit in it, and upside down one meant the luck runs out - which brings us to sideways... LOL

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

I don't believe you have no luck or an empty heart, you are too lovely!
Lynne x

alan1704 said...

The great thing about an empty heart is that it is there to be filled. Great words and beautifully written.

A Quiet Corner said...

Your heart is not empty...it is overflowing, Gail!...:)JP

Saucy Kodz said...

I agree with "A Quiet Corner" - your heart is overflowing with life, love, fun and mystery. Superb job.
Love to all :)

Grace said...

I like the old items but whole piece resonated of emptiness and sadness ~

Buttons said...

Wow Gail I always love your poetry it makes me feel.....Hug B

Teresa Coltrin said...

I feel grief in your words. Some longing.

Sandee said...

Well done, but empty isn't good. You need to fill up will all things good.

Have a terrific day. ☺

Mary said...

I liked the picture, and where the poem went using the items in the photo. Really liked the last stanza..which really brought this poem effectively to a close!

Other Mary said...

Awwww, so touching with your closing stanza.

Helen said...

I feel sadness when your poems touch on missing your horses ...

Mama Zen said...

Oh, well done!

LindaG said...

McGuffy Ann said...

Bittersweet...you have it worded in such a way that it evokes sweet and sad emotions. Well done, my friend.

Sandra said...

I know you miss your horses so much and this is really sad.

Terri said...

Two hard prompts- and you did a great job with them!

Laurie Kolp said...

Amazing... & I love that last stanza!!

turtlememoir said...

I miss my horses too, even though it's been a good while since we said goodbye... I came across reminders when I moved, my riding hat, a bridle... and now here in this lovely, heartfelt poem

Peggy said...

I enjoyed this as a response to both prompts. Both lightness and a bit of sadness. I wonder if horses prefer to be unshod. Never thought about that. LOL

Margaret said...

I enjoyed the melancholy at the end... not all poems are autobiographical ! The last two stanzas do an excellent job telling the rest of the story, but I really liked the third stanza describing the historical items. So cool you have these! (I'm assuming they are yours)

DesertHen said...

The ending brought tears to my tired eyes! Well done Gail!

pandamoniumcat said...

A sad but thoughtful poem...life gives us such moments.

Lynne said...

I felt the lament!

Sue said...

This poem is so you.

No wonder I liked it.

=)

Ella said...

This is so clever and well done, with a bit of sadness and wit!
I love it
:D

SaraV said...

Gail, love barefoot horses :-) So sorry they're gone, had to say good bye to mine a million years ago. They never leave us, really and they're definitely romping around in that heart of yours :-)

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Oh I didn't see the prompt--but for me--this piece just gets better and better the more I read it--loved this

LaTonya Baldwin said...

Making light is often a way we try to cope. I can relate to that.

Panchali said...

Oh, touching lines...being an animal-lover, emotions are easy to relate. But,its a magical poem. Never thought, one could write such a beautiful piece on a horse-shoe...
The last paragraph is awesome!

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