Melody of the Grasslands

My take on the Freedom of Expression Challenge by iScriblr:

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As the last dog days of August
bayed the budding cooler winds,
We drove an endless staff of road
through the deserts of the Rio Grande.
The breeze whistled a swirling tune
to the rhythm of the tires as they
drummed across the lane.
The grasslands sang a song for me,
a polyphonic melody,
the whistling and the drumming
told the stories of the land.
The grasslands sang a song for me,
a polyphonic melody,
with notes arranged by Nature
to bare the texture of her soul.

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Amid the vast, empty measures
that held their note for miles,
three western chestnut mustangs
stood grazing in the scrub.
They swished their tails at unseen flies,
and their footfalls harmonized as they
slowly clopped along in the dirt.
The grasslands sang a song for me,
a polyphonic melody,
The swishing and the footfalls
told the stories of the land.
The grasslands sang a song for me,
a polyphonic melody,
with notes arranged by Nature
to bare the texture of her soul.

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One horse perked in curiosity,
his stare broke me from my reverie,
and for a single whole-note moment
we weighed each other’s life.
His whinnies ran the trills to the
flow of the sighs from the one
that leaned in close.
The grasslands sang a song for me,
a polyphonic melody,
The whinnies and the sighs
told the stories of the land.
The grasslands sang a song for me,
a polyphonic melody,
with notes arranged by Nature
to bare the texture of her soul.

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I longed for some connection,
some touch that might convey
an interest in establishing a bond.
But my heartbeats fell flat
in that space between our worlds,
as their hearts beat
to keep that distance safe.
The grasslands sang a song for me,
a polyphonic melody,
Beats of longing and of freedom
told the stories of the land.
The grasslands sang a song for me,
a polyphonic melody,
with notes arranged by Nature
to bare the texture of her soul.

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11 thoughts on “Melody of the Grasslands

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  1. I think you have more than risen to the challenge! Beautiful poem and so evocative. I love the concept of the grasslands singing a song to you, and nature arranging the notes. Serene and inviting imagery in words and pictures. Congratulations!

    1. Wow! Your comments are wonderfully, overwhelmingly amazing. Thank you. I really was a nice moment, so I’m glad that came across to you. Thank you for taking the time to read!

  2. Fantastic words and I love those photos – Its such a wonderfully open place and I can see it in these images. I most like the one with the road leading to the trees in the distance – lovely.

    May I also commend you on getting your horizons level! (not always easy!)

    1. Thank you, Stuart! That’s my favorite, too! We stayed a couple of weeks at a campground about 5 miles from there. Sometimes we’d just ride over to that view! And yes, lol, I’m ok if I’m getting a horizontal shot. It’s when I turn the camera for a vertical shot that I sometimes go wonky. Thanks for reading and for the kind comments!

    1. Thank you so much! I’ve never written a song before, but I was so moved in that moment! I kept hearing all of those folksy cowboy songs in my head. Thank you for taking the time to read (and sing) and for your comment.

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