20 April 2010

Magpie Tales #10...Around the World in 60 Seconds

Stop. Go.
The horses are off with a leap
He cheers with the rest
one eye on the timepiece
Around the world in sixty seconds
the horses pant
sweat rains off their backs
They round the pole
no time to slow
'Faster, faster!' he murmurs
They pick up speed
the home stretch now
In a thundering drum roll
they cascade to the finish
he breathes a sigh
59 seconds
He pats the horses gently
they foam at the mouth
Sunshine and Starlight led them
Tidal followed Moonshine
They dragged the carriage of the heavens
once around the world
circumnavigated Earth in 60 seconds
and he is proud of them.


willow said...

Beautiful ethereal horse race.

joanny said...


I must say that was excellent. I could see the beads of sweat on the horse--the mouth foaming and nostrils flaring open --feel the excitement mounting --wonderful mind visuals. Another great Magpie well done.
I thought of doing a similar piece using Olympic runners, but could not quite get it down -- the tap dancing was pulling on me instead.


Peter Goulding said...

A veritable Ancient Greek saga told in the breathless fashion of the horse race. This is an intriguing piece - Apollo comes to mind of course

steven said...

so very cool!!! beautiful!!! steven

short poems said...

Wonderful! I like the way you write :)

marinela x x

Lisa said...

metaphor meets myth! :) nice

Brian Miller said...

how cool to portray it as a horse race...so that 1 second he saved, thats why we have daylight savings time. smiles. nicely done.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Just wonderful!
You're quite an evocative writer, I look forward to reading more.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Diana (Diane) Maria said...

This is beautiful. I especially enjoyed, "They dragged the carriage of the heavens once around the world..." Great piece!

Jennifer said...

"Around the world in sixty seconds" - I just love that idea, provoked all kinds of images for me. Well done!

Katherine said...

I loved your horse race! Just wonderful...so eloquently written.