Knight and Day

“Contrasting gold and silver,
in the near and farthest light,
the moon’s a yellow sliver
on a field of black and white.

Too soon the dawn is breaking
on the clean, new-fallen snow,
and I sit here, cold and aching,
for a time so long ago.

The howling winds are trying
hard to reach from shore to shore,
and the truth I’ve been denying
won’t stay hidden any more.

This bragging, store-bought hero
always ends right where I start,
and the morning sun means zero
to the darkness in his heart.

I hear sounds of saddle-leather
and then heavy, tired hooves
crunching through the winter weather
where an ancient spirit moves.

His clothes are torn and tattered,
never changing with the season,
but he always knew what mattered
and he always knows the reason.

So he smiles the stranger’s smile
and he rides from sea to sea.
Before you go another mile,
shoot straight one time for me?"

Hills close again in darkness,
lost in haze the purple west,
and, whistling through the blackness,
a night-hawk leaves her nest.

Drumming louder hoof-beats,
the jangling of spurs,
the thunder of his laughter greets
that famous smile of hers.

In black and white, the colours
are above them in the sky,
and they ride through heaven’s open doors
with a wild, triumphant cry.

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I’d like to dedicate this one to Clint Eastwood, because I think he would totally get it.

I am a Canadian, originally from Ontario, and am now living in Calgary, Alberta. I have studied sciences and anthropology at university and travelled across North America and briefly to Mexico and the Caribbean. I have been writing for over 20 years and performed my work in public. I have written more than 100 poems, several short stories and am presently working on a few novels.

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  • PQRibber
    PQRibberover 4 years ago

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    Excellent composition

  • Thanks again, kalaryder.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkerover 4 years ago

    excellent poem Nancy

  • Thanks, Solomon.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Tanya Newman
    Tanya Newmanabout 4 years ago

    That is so awesome Nancy, loved reading it :)

  • Thanks again, Tanya – it`s sort of about that snowed-in feeling.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Cynthia Lund Torroll
    Cynthia Lund T...over 2 years ago

    I think Clint would get this too as do we here at Art and Ink So Free. This has a cinematic feel to it. Bravo.

  • Thanks so much for the feature, Cynthia – I`m glad you enjoyed it.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 1 year ago

    Really lovely work

  • Thanks again, Donna19 – great to be featured in If It Doesn`t Belong.

    – Nancy Ames

  • TheBrit
    TheBritover 1 year ago

    An awesome write , wonderful imagery !!

  • Thank you, Brit.

    – Nancy Ames

  • timbuckley
    timbuckleyover 1 year ago

    Great flow rhyme and story in this one loved it

  • Thanks for loving it, timbuckley – there is so much rhyme and rhythm in our fabulous English language and I never tire of exploring all that.

    – Nancy Ames

    MINDSET4 months ago

    Nice work……………..

  • Thanks for your generous comment.

    – Nancy Ames

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