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  Night Rider
by Mr. Ed
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.

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ďI heard that kind of a sound that a ghost makes,


When it wants to tell about something on its mind,


And canít make itself understood,


And so canít rest easy in its grave,


And has to go about that way every night grieving.Ē



Mark Twain





It was a real hot night


Outside of old Tucson


When he came a callin


On his big black stallion



I was fast asleep in my tent


When the wind began to stir


So I dragged myself outside


And on the hill I saw this blur



Then I heard an ancient chant


It sounded so powerfully sad


I couldnít understand a word


Now I thought I was goin mad



Then I thought that I was dreamin


So I slowly rubbed my weary eyes


But when I looked out there again


He was still up there to my surprise



Soon I heard those massive hooves


They were now thunderin my way


I just stood there, unable to move


Itís still so vivid in my mind today



There was just somethin in his eyes


Black and hollow and filled with pain


And the feelin that I had as he rode up


Is probably somethin I can never explain



That huge black stallion was breathin hot fire


His rifle what a deadly message it could send


I closed my eyes and said a real hasty prayer


Thinkin that this was surely gonna be my end



As this haunted rider and his eerie black horse


Raced by me, I felt a strange sensation in the air


As I turned and watched them head into the desert


About all I could do was stand out there, and stare



Each and every time I dream about this old night rider


Back to that desert outside of Tucson, I now wanna go


And since that very eerie experience, I often think about


The night Iím fairly sure, I met the ghost of old Geronimo




Ü2007, Mr. Ed





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Reviewed by Jerry Engler 8/11/2007
Maybe you did see him, Ed. His medicine was respected as much as his war making. This is a good,spooky write. Reminds me of the country guys singing Ghost riders in the sky. What a strange coincidence that we were writing about Geronimo at about the same time. Thanks for pointing this out how it might fit with my story, Ignacio rode. I enjoyed this, and I can see how he might want the upgrade to a ferocious black stallion just to tell us "I really ain't whipped yet." This was the heart of a man who honestly accepted Christianity without guile while keeping the old ways of the Chiricahua. He never was afraid to do what he thought was best which is maybe why he was so respected--an item forgotten in pop culture concerning him...Jerry
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 8/9/2007
This gem I will treasure and savor Ed!
I love this poem/Indian story
Ghost riders,country movies, scarce dark dusty roads!
Memories galore!
Warmly SG oox
STay Positive~
STay SAFE!
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 8/6/2007
Love this fantastic write! You have outdone yourself!.. I like the song too!..........M
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 8/5/2007
Great one sir...makes me think of the song
"Ghost Riders in the sky"

Enjoyed.

Allen
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/5/2007
Totally mesmerizing fantastic images a word painting to treasure, what a ride this was Mr Ed!Luv it!I'm stil in flight with my horse racing to stay ahead of ghosties and yours;-)

Love,
Tiger Lily
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 8/5/2007
Absolutely enjoyable to read , I do look forward to your writes Ed. Thank you for sharing.


Rose
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 8/5/2007
Hmmm, Kate has a point, I walked behind kate cos of her arse...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 8/5/2007
Geronimo my arse... Most likely Turner giving those Devon Mountain Goats a hard time again...

Then I heard an ancient chant
It sounded so powerfully sad
I couldnít understand a word
Now I thought I was goin mad...

Yep, definitely Turner mailing again... Electronically, face-to-face or spectrely... He is... disturbing.... But we love him, eh?

Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 8/5/2007
Great write, could make a good song...Lady J
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 8/5/2007
Spooky write sir...you should really NOT smoke that root stuff when out on the desert...;) ed
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 8/5/2007
Outstanding Ed, love the touch of mystery...

peace, Carole~
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 8/5/2007
If it wasn't Geronimo visiting your dreams I am sure it was Cochise, he was not the tactical one, but the one that would have charged undaunted you and anybody else considered an enemy.
By the way, Apache in zuni language means enemy.
Haw pale face!
Georg
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 8/4/2007
Oh boy, chills up and down..
Really enjoyed....
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 8/4/2007
I do love it when a good poet creates mystery and enchantment. I'm a writer of the ghosts and it's a writer;s license to go and run with an idea that seems all real. You have that special gift to make us step further into the unknown, Scare me again Ed. I love it!
Susan
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 8/4/2007
a cool write-yes, i think it might just be the mighty Geronimo
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 8/4/2007
One of the more famous Indian leaders, nice tale, oh so interesting. Brings a nice flavor of the old west too, enjoyed.....

Be safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 8/4/2007
ED - shades of the old western song " GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY " ... "when all at once I saw a mighty herd of riders in the sky... YIPPEE-I-A - YIPPEE-I-O... "

Love the pic - sorta, kinda looks like ED MATLACK... WITHOUT SKIN !!! LOL.

Can't help but wonder if paratroopers still scream out the word as they leap from planes...
GERONIMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... Tom.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/4/2007
Well written...hope I won't get nightmares after this read...the last one before hitting the sack!!

Thanks for sharing Eddie!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Dale Clark 8/4/2007
Excellent Ed! I had dreams while I was
in Santa Fe, they were very strange and
the hoof beats were so vivid I awoke.
I always loved Santa Fe, it used to be a small
(well sorta) village. We always visited
the galleries and the flea markets. It fits
artists and poets, writers also I think.
It's grown so now but still retains its magic.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/4/2007
good one
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 8/4/2007
Oh yes, my favorite.. mystical fantasy! Yes Ed, just perfect!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/4/2007
Incredible imagery in this one, Ed; very well penned! You had me hooked from start to end; a solid effort! BRAVO!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 8/4/2007
Very visual poetry. Not a nice prospect to meet death, but we all have to face it. Victor
Reviewed by George Carroll 8/4/2007
Absolutely wonderful and one of your best.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/4/2007
Wowwwwwwwwww, Ed, what a marvelous story you tell! Compelling excellence, I was hooked from the git go!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Chuck Keller 8/4/2007
Great work! Your poem tells a mystical story and brings it to life. Check out my "The Final Journey" if you have a minute. It talks about ghostly horses on a mission.
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 8/4/2007
Ed, fantastic images grabed me into this poem immediately, kinda gave me the creeps...the thought of running into a ghost gives me the willies. Many people have experienced such happenings. I truly loved the way you brought this to life and the voice in which you dictated the writing. Loved it!!!

Barbara K. S.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 8/4/2007
Outstanding write Ed
By the way
Geronimo, is my only true Hero
The U.S.A send an army of 5000 thousand after him.
And less the 200 "Warriors" including the wife and children
They gave their pursuers a run fot their money.
Peace

William

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