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The Night Rider
by Paul Berube

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This is the very first poem I wrote, or at least started many moons ago, 40 years to be exact. I finished it two years ago. Talk about words lost in time. It was to be published in an Anthology by Cader Publishing but they wanted me to pay for a copy. I truly believe that if someone is to make money off my work or the work of others they should, at least, receive a free copy. I never really cared for the poem so why would they want to publish it anyway? I'll let you decide for yourselves and please be honest. I can take the criticism.

In the valley cold and still,
lies a body and a chill.
Through the night I hear a shriek,
carried across meadow and creek.

I see the leaves… I hear them toss…
There’s the shadow of a horse.
A man sits tall upon his back,
fifteen hands high, for those who track.

The specter seems to hold his ground,
showing no care that I’m around.
My presence not of its concern,
I’m not the source for which it yearns.

The apparition is drawing near,
my chest is beating with untold fear.
The need to find what must be found,
stands very clear and most profound.

The eerie closeness of this ghost,
has only shown what it wants most.
On the shoulders of he most dead,
is missing nothing but a head.

The phantom left as quickly came,
I felt unease to sense the pain.
A soul who wanders to this day,
the constant wailing won’t go away.

The will to find that missing part,
has plagued the horseman from the start.
He’ll never rest until it’s found,
a confrontation will astound.

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Reviewed by Sheila Roy
I haven't read a bad poem by you yet, Paul. Love this glimpse of the legendary horseman looking for his head. You were right not to fall prey to yet another publishing scam. I had a poem published in anthology once...had to buy the book because I was 11 and excited. Now I know better, and you definitely do too. This one deserves to be published as much as your others do, but you shouldn't have to pay to make it happen. They should pay you! The nervous fear/tension in this piece really stands out and gives your words an urgency. I'm glad he rode on and left you untouched! :)Sheila
Reviewed by ya mama (Reader)
yes you should NEVER pay for your own work. beware of vanity press
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray
Great write!
Reviewed by Josephine Bohen
wonderful work here paul
i get those publishing pushes all the time. hate those
Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook
I'm with you...if you have to pay, then it's Vanity Press, in my mind. But this work certainly deserves to be read by many!
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader)
I agree...never pay.

However you should be published....this is top class stuff Paul...ty, Dani
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
Never pay to be published.
Good poem. You might look into having a chapbook of your work published at They do beautiful work. I have a chapbook of Floria's and it is beautifully done.
Reviewed by Christine Morell
I like it a lot, Paul! Very chilling and well written.
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader)
Sounds like you were watching the Halloween special on Wide World Of Disney. I liked this.
Reviewed by Deborah Carter
Paul...a very nice write..hope to be seeing lots more, and paul,...i agree...These companies who make money off a poets works should give them a free copy.
Reviewed by Paul Berube
Sorry to say Peggy. It won't be published because I refuse to pay for the anthology.
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader)
Paul, this was chilling
"The will to find that missing part,
has plagued the horseman from the start.
He’ll never rest until it’s found,
a confrontation will astound"
it is so good and can see why it was published..
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader)
Woo chilling write!
Reviewed by Linda Hill
I think its great, my friend..
but I've always liked the
mysterious, and the horror

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