Treasure Island

Jay Alexander


There Were Horses


And there were horses on
That day,
And the winds were blowing
The birds at play;
There was nothing we
Could say.

The houses stood forlorn,
And the children seemed
To pray.
There were those that
Would wander,
Those that would stay,
And some would walk in
A heavy way.

That led to thinking,
Of what we may
Or may not do,
And the many paths
Where they lay.
Then those horses began to neigh.

And we saw on
That windswept way,
Of a river flowing
Towards a bay,
Like a falcon's eye,
Observed the fray,
And felt time sweep
Through us,
Not fear delay

Submitted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Edited: Monday, December 23, 2013

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  • Jay Alexander (12/23/2013 3:25:00 PM)

    Hi Bri I'm at my computer, replying to and sending Christmas greetings, your comment gives me a welcome break. Thanks for bringing the comma to my attention, you're right, it's superfluous and I'll get rid of it. Thanks also for analysing the poem. I don't think I had something specific in mind, as a natural or man-made disaster, though that in itself is an interesting idea. I see it more as an existential poem. Man is circumscribed by society; some remain trapped in it, some will free themselves, the horses, in this context become a symbol of freedom. That, roughly speaking, is what I wanted to convey. Now to answer your other message. Cheers (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (12/23/2013 2:12:00 PM)

    some sort of natural or man-made disaster came? ? Not fear delay? i could use a bit of explanation, if you care to give some. your fingers might have gotten used to putting commas after lines in the last stanza; did you really want one after sweep? i enjoyed the continuing rhyme of -ay or -ay-sounding words. thanks for sharing. :) (Report) Reply

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