Galloping along the beach on horseback
Waves crashing onto the shore
Seagulls shrieking overhead
Clouds rolling high above
Ferocious motion is all around
Leaves rustle as the wind rushes through the trees on the cliff top
Water droplets thump into the sand as the rain starts to fall
As the rain falls heavier from the thickening clouds
The skies darken, the horse gallops urgently faster
Lightning crackles above and strikes the ground behind
Trees crash, waves crash, thunder crashes
Our hearts beat faster as the momentum gathers pace
The need is to get to shelter
To get away from this now unwelcoming place
To be in the warmth and the dryness and by the fireplace
The wind gathers speed, the horse leaps over a wooden beam
Holding on to the horse, helping to steer the steed
Wanting to get us both to safety
The sands are sodden, the hooves start to sink
The horse must jump with each and every step
Not long my friend, not long
I will my horse to keep going forward
The horse manages to find his footing and gracefully gallops again
Sunlight beams on our path ahead
No longer on the wet sands, we ride together… gentler… calmer
Still swiftly, for we both have the need to get
Rider and horse both soaked to the skin
Steaming in the warmth of the now blazing sun
A few more strides up this little hill, and then we’re done
Over the hill, over the fence
Under the arched branch, and along the driveway
Stables first, dry, eat, drink, and rest
The journey is complete
Both feeling good
Riding today was fun!
But getting home was better…!
what a wonderful poetry..
That was an exciting ride! I feel decidedly bright eyed and bushy tailed now…though there were one or two points when I thought we wouldn’t make it home 🙂
But we did, Icewolf! 😀
Pleased you liked it!
Lovely piece Tom! 🙂
God Bless my friend!
Thanks, Prenin! 😀
This is fabulous, Tom, so full of energy – you did this? I mean, you ride?
Hi Kate – I have only ever ridden twice, but yes one time I was hanging on for dear life as the horse galloped at speed across an open field. I think I’d love to ride on the beach, but have never done that. I wrote this as I listened to some music, typing the words to the way the music was going, I didn’t know what I was going to end up with, but I’m pleased with this. I’ll probably have another go at this after my little holiday!
Thanks for commenting, Kate 😀
It was an awesome piece of writing 🙂
Thank you, Tess!
The exhilaration of riding.. Arrgh this was a great Poem Tom and one which brought back my own memories of pony treks across the moors.. Excellently written.. Sue
Glad it invoked the memories, Sue!