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Wild Oats
by Nancy Owens Barnes

Thursday, December 13, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Wild Oats

 

 

They must pester his heart

                    like flies

          those notions

          that rear and nod inside himó

                    the drum of his hoof

                              on open prairie,

                    horizons that bear

                              no harness,

                    a runaway

                              landscape where wild rivers lather

                                        like the sweat of his muscles plowing

                                                  leaving a wake of furrowed soil

                                                  until his jagged shadow turns

                                                  to begin again.

 

Hills and valleys of grain

          flow into his trough, the old

          farmerís voice a tranquil

                    canyon breeze.

 

Across the fields, as the open gate

          of sky corrals him

                    into a roan night, 

          the long tail swipes at his flanks

                    and his ears flick  flick

                              at the ancestral bent

                              of his blood

                                        buzzing.

 

 

 

 

E-published in Kimera Online, Volume 6, Number 1, Winter 2001.


 
 
 
 
 

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Reviewed by Rodney Bohen 8/15/2008
Brilliant & Eloquent.
Reviewed by Ken Chartrand 6/25/2008
Hello Nancy, I read your poem,"Wild Oats". I liked the style it was written in re; meandering freely like a horse would on the prairie. Cute and well done. Best of luck with your writing. Please feel free to visit my site here in the "Den"
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 5/16/2008
Have a daughter who loves horses and could pick out a photo of a horse when she was very very small from a book. She collects them now. I won one at a carnival, a stuffed one last May. She loved it. Quite a collection she has now. This poem brings me memories of times I went visiting people who have goats, donkey's and horses. I am truly an animallover too.
Reviewed by Samuel Stone 4/9/2008
Having horses for over 40 years I can fondly relate to this poem... well done... Wishing you well...
Sam
Reviewed by Cryssa C 3/19/2008
You have beautiful imagery in your writing. I especially loved your description of the old farmer's voice... reminded me of home and my dad, the old farmer...

Cryssa
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