MEETING THE FOUR HORSES


 

 FOUR HORSES AHEAD OF THE GAME

Berry refreshed, berry stained, berry smores

friends behind earflops and bushnoses and stamped feet

Bearing cleareyed shepherd crook above resting snores

forming a watchguard over Littly and Weasley and Henny’s cleat

Boasting a fullout falldown sleep even Croaky-Moaky scores

fulsome for rest in dreams of worms with wings yet to meet.

All stretchy-fetchy into minding mists our friends abide,

waving vapors of scents and goldens and starries so far

from all they have known before the Babe, before the tide

of peace and goodwill and crashing angel tunes at the bar

of their souls waiting to breath a more distant side

from any ribs they had yet to bet beside robe with no mar.

Now friendly wendly muchly clutchly all did sleep

Not hearing or smelling at first any horsing clomps

Now mere smugging wispy wanding horsing keep

Not quite in dreams, not quite in peeps, just stomps

Now thrumming inside heads bearing four colors’ creep

Not so foretold mere weaving of wish for romps.

But hold! behold! no scold! all rolled

As one to kneel then stand then mend the dawn

But for scratchings and stretchings now scold

Old Shepherd and BushyGirl to shush these spawn

As one then t’other leaned looking smells so bold

Old Croaker could not bigger to meet GreyHorse drawn.

“What ho! What heigh! So nigh!  So spry!

“Come you now out from rocks,out from sleep

“What show? What blow?What Need-To-Bye?

“Come into circle, Come into us, Come break with keep”

Thus  friends fulsome step to offer berry pie,

Thus friends bending to east GreyHorse did leap.

Now on down rocks, now on past stream so oiled

With new found mount to carry some load

Now on across sand,  past bent tree enfoiled

With roostery crows and blustery flies en road

Now Henny and Weasley trot by limbs uncoiled

With spring and bounce to jounce a new code.

Yes, a new code, a new mould of form each soul did take

On eastward, on valeward from that old garden

Where once a path walked by evening’s cool lake,

On boastward did friends now march in pardon

Where drying winds did push more east to make

On scratched paths for hooves sent from stardon.

Soon scents of herds and sounds of scolders

Did fall on crittery heads and folksing eary fears

Soon creaks of carts and offaling potmolders

Did fall on flopped ears and stalking rears

Soon dustings so thick and mustings from boulders

Did blind the Crook and the Croaker in tears.

“Oh, what now? what bow? what row we must make?

“Oh, come now, side now, bide now, hide now!

“Oh, skippeling, snippeling, trippeling forsake!

“Oh, come now, ride now, quick now, fly now:

“Oh, forsooth and forsake now we trail to make

“Oh, stretch thou souls now, catch thy hearts now!”

So did friends go out by a different way to meet the East in New Light.


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59 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klextin
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 20:25:28

    Morning Granbee,
    Loved the post, I tried to accept your twitter follow request but there is an issue on your end for some reason.

    Please contactme via my email and i am sure we can correct the issue

    • granbee
      Jan 19, 2012 @ 04:11:01

      Thank you for “officially” dropping in here at my blog, klextin. Sorry about the twitter mixups. Some of my blogs I follow are not sending me email notices, as checked, sometimes. Snafus on the cyber highway, I suppose.

  2. mtsweat
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 20:38:02

    Wow! You are truly gifted, Granbee. Thank you for sharing your excellent talent. God bless, good friend.

    • granbee
      Jan 19, 2012 @ 04:12:09

      Thanks so very much, m and t! I enjoy your blog very much, receiving much inspiration from your posts. So pleased you consider my talent “excellent”. Wow!

  3. nightshade130
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 21:38:30

    Granbee,

    You truly know how to always be unique everytime. The words you use are amazing! Lovely poem. It has blessed my morning 😀

    • granbee
      Jan 19, 2012 @ 04:13:40

      nightshade, to know any writing of my blessed your morning is just awesome! Bless you for letting me know. Yes, I inherit my love for word tinkering from my maternal grandmother, who invented new languages and dialects as easily as sipping a drink of water!

  4. nightshade130
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 21:50:03

    Hi Granbee,

    I’ve Nominated you for the Genuine Blogger award. God Bless you.
    Check it out at: http://nightshade130.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/genuine-blogger-award/

    • granbee
      Jan 19, 2012 @ 04:14:40

      nightshade, I am so humbled by the great honor of your nominating my blog for this award! I hope to complete proper steps for award nominations later this month, when I take time from working on my illustrations for this series!

  5. Laurie Kolp
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 22:21:25

    A wonderful message here expressed with such creativity!

    • granbee
      Jan 19, 2012 @ 04:15:41

      Bless you, dear Laurie, for your kind comments. I am so pleased you enjoyed this post, filling you with wonder for a few moments, at the least! Be well, Walk into the light always.

  6. willowdot21
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 22:47:04

    OH! that is just so wonderful it is like reading in a new language. I finished my Christmas story on 5th Jan. But your epic just goes on and on! Wonderful xx
    ” I sit lonesome, all weary down, eyes clothed to see,ear agapingly to the sound.Wondrously loving loppy eared dappled flanks they all set forth in rows and ranks.”

    • granbee
      Jan 19, 2012 @ 04:17:38

      Thank you so much for picking up on those lines, willow! “My epic”, as you term it, is one that is eternal, actually. We are merely traveling within the framework of first century events that carry with them echoes of the past and visions of the distant future, including us critters now!

  7. willofheart
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 23:07:25

    I love the art of your wordings, very creative and the message you convey from each lines truly blessed me… thanks for sharing the love granbee… 🙂

  8. Fergiemoto
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 23:50:19

    The lines flow so well that I picture words flowing smoothly like gentle rivers from your thoughts to your pen (or the keyboard).

    • granbee
      Jan 19, 2012 @ 04:19:41

      Rivers of grace are poured upon my soul by the Love of Our Father, dear fergie! It is only my small task to pour much of it out to you on these posts.

  9. bardessdmdenton
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 23:59:16

    “Oh, stretch thou souls now, catch thy hearts now!”

    And so, Granbee, your delicious brew of words and wisdom do, for us all to drink heart-ily…and soul-fully!

    • granbee
      Jan 19, 2012 @ 04:21:01

      Thank you, dear bardess, for calling these posts a “brew of words and wisdom”, for I do feel as though I were over a campfire stirring up spiritual nourishment to share with my wonderful writers’ community online!

  10. Author of Be Better Not Bitter
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 07:25:11

    Beautiful. You are very gifted. Stretch thou souls and catch thy hearts now. That is very powerful in itself. Its like look deep in your soul and soar. As long as your soul is in line with God your heart desires will be fulfilled no matter how big or small.

    I am sure it has a different meaning but thats what I visioned as reading it. That one line just captured me.
    Shenine

    • granbee
      Jan 20, 2012 @ 01:09:19

      Shenine, I just visited and commented and “liked” and selected to “follow” at your blog. Whoo-wee! Thank you so much for visiting here! The meaning you obtained from this post is the one you were INTENDED PRAYERFULLY to obtain! In addition, I had much of those thoughts in my soul as I entered those lines in this post. Holy Spirit is never “off-duty”,is He?

  11. willofheart
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 00:27:02

    Hi Granbee I’m back, because I am nominating you for One Lovely blog award pls. check this at: http://willofheart.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/yay-for-the-awards/ thank you so much… 🙂

    • granbee
      Jan 20, 2012 @ 01:10:49

      willof, I am much gratified on behalf of the messages I yearn and pray to send out for peace through connectedness. Thank you so very kindly for your gracious nomination of me for this award. I enjoy your blog very, very much and am so long I found it.

  12. Raven of Leyla
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 02:11:14

    A splendid poem a gift you have for eloquence of words. I admire the talent and enjoy the story told.
    Smiles,
    Rx

    • granbee
      Jan 20, 2012 @ 02:18:14

      Thank you very kindly, Leylaraven! I give credit to my maternal grandmother for passing on to me, both by DNA and nurture, the gift of word-invention and linguistic “fluidity”, shall we say? I am so pleased you enjoyed the storyline here. That affirms me so much as a reprised senior writer with you younger folk!

  13. cottonbombs
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 12:46:09

    Rose! Your sense of language is so playful it is inspiring. After reading you I remember every sound is up for grabs. Thank you for the lyrics.

    • granbee
      Jan 21, 2012 @ 01:26:04

      Peter, if you can’t have fun with our post-Tower of Babel talky,talk, you just need to chirp at birds and creak at crickets. That is my opinion; what’s yours? Ha! Every sound IS up for grabs, podner! So pleased you are having fun with these posts!

  14. claudia
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 13:21:38

    you always have lines in your poems that make me smile and take my breath away… rest in dreams of worms with wings yet to meet… i think this is just awesome, makes me smile, makes me think, makes me like how your brain works..smiles

    • granbee
      Jan 21, 2012 @ 01:27:18

      Claudia, I am starting to worry about you, kiddo! You LIKE how my brain works? Forfend! Seriously, I am more than pleased that you are smiling through these lines of mine. What higher compliment could I have?

  15. Sarah Baughman
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 20:52:18

    I love the use of language here! So much terrific internal rhyme…reminds me of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

    • granbee
      Jan 21, 2012 @ 01:28:10

      Sarah! My goodness gracious–Gerard Manley Hopkins? WOW! My muse must be working while I sleep! I just now realized YOU are the writer of the last essay I read and commented upon at Writeitsideways, which I was blogging in even before I started my own blog! I really think you are the best contributor so far at that sight. When you have been fighting the time constraints and self-confidence battle for decades and decades, as I have, it is pretty much of a challenge for someone to recommend steps to help other writers that I have not already tried down into the ground! You have a fresh voice combined with a lot of wisdom, including self-acceptance!

  16. Julie Catherine
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 05:56:05

    Granbee, what a delightful tale, with a most wonderful and uplifting message: “Oh, come now, ride now, quick now, fly now: / “Oh, forsooth and forsake now we trail to make / “Oh, stretch thou souls now, catch thy hearts now!” – beautiful phrasing that lifted my own spirits and made them stretch and soar with new life, and impossible dreams made possible. Awesome write that made me smile hugely, I just loved reading this! ~ Julie 🙂

    • granbee
      Jan 21, 2012 @ 06:00:54

      Whenever I can write and post in such a way as to make one of my esteemed blogging friends “smile hugely with lifted spirits stretched up to soar with new life”, I am beyond ecstatic. What blessings you bestow upon today with your comments, dear JulieCath!

  17. theboldlife.com
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 07:32:46

    Simply beautiful!

    • granbee
      Jan 21, 2012 @ 23:04:13

      Tess! What an extreme honor to have you come over to my blog. Thank you so much for your gracious compliment on this post!

  18. Eric Alagan
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 10:23:05

    Dear Rose,
    Looks like everyone has snatched the words I wanted to say. So, I leave these poor words behind > you have given life to your words and a soul to your thoughts.
    God bless, Eric

    • granbee
      Jan 21, 2012 @ 23:05:25

      Oh, Eric, they certainly did not snatch the most important words you said about my giving my thoughts a soul with my words. You are THE most eloquent man!

  19. totsymae1011
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 10:38:10

    I can see colorful, rich imagery with this one, Granbee. It seems you have great fun writing and you’ve unselfishly spread your joy around on this blog. 🙂

    • granbee
      Jan 21, 2012 @ 23:07:02

      Tots, I DO have a lot of fun writing and consider it the least I can do is spread around some joy to you guys (and others we know not of!) with my blog. One thing is for sure, I always have fun writing EVEN MORE after belly-laughing over YOUR posts!

  20. lscotthoughts
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 10:40:39

    Hi Rose,

    Not only is the message beautiful, but as everyone has stated, your language is delightful and lyrical….I couldn’t choose a favorite line; they’re all creative, profound and magical (as always)~xx

    • granbee
      Jan 21, 2012 @ 23:09:10

      Lauren, bless your dear, sweet heart! I suppose I am exploring into some partial sub-dialects here with my poetic language. It seems to be called for to express the inner being of my critters! And profound? I am so honored you consider these lines profound!

  21. zendictive
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 21:29:44

    whimsical and rhythmic, enchanting… (~_~)

    • granbee
      Jan 21, 2012 @ 23:03:17

      Thank you for considering this post whimsical–I was concerned it would be too “dark” in order for the reader to still see the basic “dancing” nature of our critterly friends’ friendship bonds and journey. Whew, this relieves my mind! Thanks!

  22. Thomas Davis
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 05:41:28

    Sometimes, Granbee, your energy overwhelms me! What a rollicking, dancing, tumbling down the mountain with a song on your lips kind of poem.

    • granbee
      Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:48:06

      thomas, rollicking and dancing fully of energy is EXACTLY how I would like for us to travel together towards more and more light, more and more peaceful connections.l

  23. Sue Dreamwalker
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 06:08:20

    Arrgh… what a galloping trail you lead us on Granbee, and just love Horses, Makes me see just how our horses have played their parts in helping man over the centuries … Another excellent poem Granbee and we have so mistreated our Animal Kingdom too, throughout our History.. Maybe its been enhanced due to the fact I went to see War Horse on Thursday here in the UK… I went with Hubby, all our age group too in the afternoon sitting, and not a dry eye in the house.. .. We have much to owe our four legged friends of all species.. xxx

    • granbee
      Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:49:40

      We MUST learn from our four-legged friends. We MUST reconnect in much more basic ways so that we can be joined in peace on a planet we must work together to heal.

  24. Caddo Veil
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 10:59:32

    “Stretch thou souls now, catch thy hearts now!”–that’s what I like!!

  25. Vampire Weather
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 10:10:21

    Of what you are possessed
    Or by what you have been blessed
    I can neither say nor guess
    But your work is just the best!

    😉

    • granbee
      Jan 25, 2012 @ 03:42:20

      Wonderful little verse here by way of compliment to my much lengthier lines (sometimes I think, unfortunately!). I could just dance to this jingly comment of yours!

  26. William Leed
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 12:56:58

    As I read “Meeting The Four Horses” I have yet been able to untangle the presentation set before me. I was immediately embraced with a feeling of appreciation for the generosity and essence of wording set before me. Definitely different from my own style. But I am left wondering where this talent is born from. The amount of wording and obvious contemplation does leave me in want of thought.
    William

    • granbee
      Jan 30, 2012 @ 17:12:30

      William, my poetry series in based on scriptures from various belief systems, as well as classical literature from ancient times. The four horses primarily came from passages in the Book of Revelations to St. John the Divine, thought to have been written on the island of Patmos in the first century A.D. My main goal in this series is to show how connections and blending of abilities and gifts can cross all political, religious, ethnic and geographic barriers when the participants truly join together in spirit. Of course, many of my posts are first drafts and are being refined and polished before being included in book form to even progress to a second draft stage. The “amount of wording” is still goind to exceed your style, as it is necessary to form word pictures that will speak to as wide a variety of people as possible.

      • William Leed
        Feb 01, 2012 @ 12:08:50

        Thanks for the explanation. I too take interest in Revelation and find bible prophecy ever so revealing. I find my style of writing influenced by my attachment to the book of Proverbs.
        William

        • granbee
          Feb 02, 2012 @ 02:49:54

          I can easily see how you are influenced by the book of Proverbs (the wisdom literature of the OldTestament) and by you are attached to it. Lead on, dear William!

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