An Aussie and Four Horses


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    An Aussie and Four Horses

    He almost didn’t make it -

    The Reverend Billy Sedge,

    An Aussie that could take it

    Out past the normal edge.


    His darlin’ mum had almost died

    The day before salvation,

    By a Bible sellers’ simple prayer

    Close by Waroonga Station.


    With booming voice as big as life

    Eyes dark from their dilation

    Preaching summer nights to those that came,

    Of the beasts in Revelation.


    They all, were just the home folk

    From green Shenandoah’s vale,

    And green to worldly ways that spoke

    From Reverend Billy’s tale.


    Of finger lickin’ mystery meat-

    It’s better no one ask;

    To dancing naked cannibals

    And a walkabout’s tough task.


    He’d done it all, his eyes afire,

    On mission for Christ Jesus,

    And from his own confessed desire

    To do what heaven pleases.


    There Joe sat, while Billy taught

    And watched as horsemen rode:

    First white, then red, then black, then pale,

    In their Apocalyptic code.


    Now, Joe had come there broken

    Unloved, his heart was at a loss

    You’d think instead of prophecy

    This man might need the cross.


    But as the beasts, and angel’s fire

    Came thundering ‘cross the stage,

    Some Spirit whispered Joe’s desire,

    And healed him from his rage.


    If God could find an Aussie lad

    And save his mum from death,

    Then maybe life was not so bad

    As to yield one’s final breath.


    And if heaven’s angels held one’s fate,

    Within Divine prophetic hand;

    Then maybe it was not too late,

    To seek that Promised Land.


    Reverend Billy never knew

    The part that kept Joe listening,

    His roving gaze thought naught askew

    To note his eyes were glistening.


    John’s apocalyptic visions

    Have fostered needless fears,

    For Joe might one day tell you

    How they healed him through his tears.

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    WordSlinger commented on An Aussie and Four Horses


    This is cool, it reminds me of a preacher I've listened to, and the seed they sow in ya, and when ya water them, they grow, so you know, but, I love how this poem conveys the word, and how the word spreads. WS

    Stryx commented on An Aussie and Four Horses


    I see this told around a camp fire. The rythm is compelling, as is the well told story.

    blanket commented on An Aussie and Four Horses


    Well dear, while we might disagree on religious choices, I do believe in faith....and this was great. Fantastic meter. Good job

    ginga commented on An Aussie and Four Horses


    WOW Harver, Clever and certainly thinking out of the box about Reverend Billy and Joe's close calls and escapades with a near fate that he was saved from. ginga



    Ah, but truth is sometimes stranger than fiction!

    ListninEar commented on An Aussie and Four Horses


    Hmmmm...a different kind of write from what I expect from you, but I like it!!

    Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

    Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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