The Calamity Jane

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2 Poems, PD Lyons08/04/2010


I walk out with the horse,
He does not resist.
Leads as if there’s not a diseased bone in his body.
He does not notice   children crying,
Rain stopping, sun brightening,
But rather a yellow butterfly;
Moves his head to keep it in sight
Until, for some reason he will never know,
He can no longer do so.



When I was a cowboy
I always wore boots,
I rode a chestnut mare
And she never went quits.
We’d take any trail
We’d cross any bridge.
Sometimes she was nasty,
She kicked and she bit

But we’d cover big country
By night or by day,
A walk or a jog
Or just plain run away.
I was crazy to love it,
But I thought it was fun,
Just me and the wild one
Out on our own.


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  • Edward-David Ruiz  On September 1, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks, PD. I am actually aging myself my next line. Your poem harks back to my first-ever screening of a old Warner Bros. musical, “Calamity Jane” (apparently, it was based on a Broadway musical), which starred the great song-stylist: Doris Day; in it she sang a song that has become close to immortal, “Secret Love.” During your free moments, google both movie and the song. Best to you and to the family from these shores. e/s

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    • pdlyons  On September 2, 2016 at 10:13 am

      I know the film and of Doris Day and the song – great song and didn’t she look wonderful in buckskins?


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