Thursday

White Riders

Now men've seen storms come and go
with all their wicked fright,
but few have lived to tell the tale
bout them there riders white.

Was camp not far from border town
where holed up cowboys lay.
Gainst sand and wind they fought real hard
and made it through the day.

With water gone and night not far
the horses just dropped dead.
The cowboys weak too tired for talk
curled up in sandy bed.

Now men've seen storms come and go
with all their wicked fright,
but few have lived to tell the tale
bout them there riders white.

The storm raged on no end in sight
young cowboys all but lame,
when suddenly from some unknown
through sand and wind they came.

They rode in pairs all dressed in white
out of wind and sand a blow. 
A ghostly crew of ten plus two
with extra horse in tow.

Now men've seen storms come and go
with all their wicked fright,
but few have lived to tell the tale
bout them there riders white.

The riders stopped in front of them
and two of them got down.
As they helped one up the other
watched with a worried frown.

They put the man on empty horse
and start to ride away.
The cowboy left cried out to them,
don't leave me here to stay.

Now men've seen storms come and go
with all their wicked fright,
but few have lived to tell the tale
bout them there riders white.

When daybreak comes and storm is gone,
the cowboy lifts his head.
The first thing he sees next to him,
his friend lying there dead.

It hits him like a ton of bricks,
he tries to catch his breath.
Those riders in the storm last night
were the riders of death.

Now men've seen storms come and go
with all their wicked fright,
but few have lived to tell the tale
bout them there riders white.

17 comments:

Dixie's Whimsey January 16, 2009 at 7:28 PM  

Chris - great prose... you'd better watch out... Garth Brooks may call and want to turn your prose into song! I can almost hear it now... (not kiddin'... maybe you should send it to him!)

Thanks once again for your shout out to one of my blogs. When I wrote the Einstein piece, I wasn't sure how it would be received. You are a good barometer! Thanks so much.

Have a glorious weekend! God Bless.
Dixie

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) January 17, 2009 at 8:15 AM  

Chris, so nice to meet you, thanks for swinging by this morning and enjoying the pink. lol. Have a super w/k. hugs ~lynne~

Chris Bowers January 18, 2009 at 7:13 AM  

Nice to meet you too, Lynne!

Dina January 18, 2009 at 9:42 AM  

Great poem, Chris. Made me think of my dad. He was a cowboy and I like the image of riders white accompanying him when cancer took away his last earthly breath.

Schmendel January 18, 2009 at 9:18 PM  

I liked your song. I'm glad it was a horse in tow and not a beaver. That would've freaked me out.

Chris Bowers January 19, 2009 at 7:38 AM  

Thanks Dina! I'm glad you liked it.

Chris Bowers January 19, 2009 at 7:40 AM  

Thanks Schmendel! It was a tough decision, beaver or horse.

Omah's Helping Hands January 22, 2009 at 11:26 PM  

Hi Chris, I plan on catching up with your blog soon. I'm so behind. But I do have an award for you at my blog. It's to let you know your blog shows great attitude and gratitude. Your blogs are wonderful to read. Thank you.
Tammy

Chris Bowers January 23, 2009 at 12:52 PM  

Hi Tammy,

There is not much to catch up on. I'm taking a shot at a book and have had to cut back on the short stories to make time. I'm on my way over to your place to get my award. Thanks so much!

Dixie's Whimsey January 25, 2009 at 4:14 AM  

morning Chris... feeling a little ... anxious... over events of the week... went to your prayer blog... read... decided to share with others by featuring it on "So, God..."... thanks... I needed that. ;)

Simply Heather January 26, 2009 at 9:31 AM  

I like this, Chris.

I wondered where this blog of yours went to...and yet, here it is. Where did it go for awhile? I don't know, but glad to see you again. I'm following.

Bless you ~ Bless you, my friend!

:) Heather

Omah's Helping Hands January 27, 2009 at 8:18 PM  

Chris,
What type of book are you working on, or can you not talk about it yet? Let us know when you finish it and it gets published. You have a gift for writing and would love to read it I'm sure.
Have a great week!
Tammy

Omah's Helping Hands January 27, 2009 at 8:45 PM  

Chris, thank you so much for your must read link. I hope to get information out there for parents and kids so they know the warning signs and what to and not to do. You are such a blessing my dear friend. God Bless You!
Tammy

Chris Bowers January 28, 2009 at 2:25 PM  

Thanks Heather! I'm glad you liked it.

Chris Bowers January 28, 2009 at 2:27 PM  

Hi Tammy, I'm turning Delmon and the Dragon into a book. It's my first attempt, so it's very slow going but, a lot of fun.

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