Monday, July 2, 2012

Tuesday Poem - The Horse is Loose by Emma Barnes


The Horse is Loose

The horse is loose. In traffic. Eyes all white, the
saddle flapping, stirrups beating.

A red ute speeds beside it. Somone half out the
window grasping for reins, she pulls

down as the horse rears next to the red, red,
truck. The horse digs in its heels. Stops. The

rider tumbles through the window. She lands on
the smallest boots. The horse, the horse

is now a tap dancer refusing to stand still, it
does a quick routine, shuffle hop step, the

shim sham shimmy. Backwards, backwards,
back legs up onto grass, onto hill backing

away. The rider. Her helmet frames her neck,
tinier, her checks insignificant. They stand

together, jarred limb-ed, vibrating knee-ed. Both
heaving in, breath in shovelfuls.



Here is the link to Emma's blog - http://elbowsonthetable.blogspot.co.nz/

28 comments:

  1. A really vivid picture, half real, half surreal--probably exactly how such a moment would feel.

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  2. I enjoyed this. One gets involved wants to grab the reins stop the traffic...wipe the horse down.
    Great!

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  3. I agree with the previous comments - the poem really evokes the scene - so much so you want to get out of the car and make sure everyone is all right.

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  4. Yes, and the repetition really takes the reader right in -- the "red, red" and "the horse, the horse". And that "shim sham shimmy. Backwards, backwards" -- Such a great way to make us breathless, too. I really dig Emma Barnes -- posted 'Landslide' a while back, really like that one too. http://michelleelvy.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/tuesday-poem-landslide-by-emma-barnes/

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  5. why did this get written. I was hoping for a nice new zealand poem but instead i got this. It was good to write about though.

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    1. NCEA Student at Angry NCEA StudentNovember 12, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      I hate you

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    2. If you're going to frame me for something Towse, at least do it right.

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    3. settle down Towse

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    4. calm your shit

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    5. Bruh, realx. towse is wow

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    6. selling handjobs

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    7. Towse you fucking twatNovember 13, 2014 at 3:10 AM

      bruh y'all fucking serious

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    8. I did truly appreciate the artistic flare and finesse shown by this very talented and upcoming author.

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    9. I beated to stanza 3

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  6. Reasonable NCEA StudentNovember 12, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    i disagree with Angry NCEA Student. This was a great poem and is probably js different to what they're used to reading

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  7. Drop out NCEA StudentNovember 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    lol like what even is a horse man? lol ikr. didnt even respond to unfamierar lol

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  8. Excellence NCEA StudentNovember 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Rowan, gfy dry this is a great poem and it has a lot of deep meaning.

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  9. M8 this is nowhere near tennyson, dont even pretend

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  10. fuck this fucking bullshit

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  11. I hope this was about freedom in some way... cause I said that it was lol

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  12. Indecisive NCEA StudentNovember 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    This was uh, good, but like, uh kinda bad, but, it was deeply shallow.

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  13. Confused NCEA StudentNovember 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    I hope that the writing structure and punctuation represented the panic and chaos of the horse.

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  14. C'mon it was a metaphor for life...

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  15. So, uh, this is the best

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  16. Really Delayed NCEA StudentOctober 28, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Fuck I'm late

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