The Rider


The Rider

He rides the roads of time

On a steed with lungs of steel

The thundering hoof beats announce his passing

To the tune of a Scottish reel

From where he comes no one seems to know

 His destination a mystery as well

  His mission is known to only him

And the Rider will never tell

He has ridden these roads for a thousand years

Never pausing or looking back

His cloak is dusty and weather worn

His boots sewn from a great Welsh black

Folklore has it that his love married another

And his heart and spirit were shattered

And so he took flight from Gulvain

Heading where it never mattered

And so still today he rides and rides

Her face he cannot forget

The road and his trusty steed his companions

But ever longing for his Bernadette

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stellar commented on The Rider


This reminds me of death clog in black gives me the chills....very nice poetry by the way ^_^ v



Thank you very much.

mdpoetgirl commented on The Rider


I really liked this one, Hampton. This reminds me of "Ghost Rider" or one of the horses of the apocalypse.



Many thanks. I am glad you enjoyed the poem.

Stryx commented on The Rider


Nice imagination and well told. This stuff is fun, isn't it? And you make it fun for the reader.



It definitely is fun and I appreciate your comments.

Helios commented on The Rider


Sir, I must praise your poems as great works of English Literature. Please, if you can find the time, can you give me your advise on my poems English Sonnet I and Mandate in Dark Hours? I would be honored, and thank-you once again for the poems here.



Thanks and I will do so.

HarverTomsson commented on The Rider


I got hung up on the meter in the line, "And so he took flight from Gulvain,"or is the stress suppossed to be on the Gul, not the vain? Maybe, "And shuttered him out of Gulvain, on a road that never much mattered...." Dspite a few flaws, it has great energy, and a haunting unwritten refrain of unrequited love that lasts beyond death.



Many thanks for reading, commenting and providing suggestions.

When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

Hampton’s Poems (111)

Title Comments
Title Comments
Searching 5
The Poetess 14
Nonsense 12
Solitude 18
Lame Limericks 14
Message to Papa 15
Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
The Computer From Hell 18
Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
The Mind In Motion 13
The Game of Poetry 9
Silence 55
WordSlinger 19
Holiday Thoughts 12
Sweet Mary 18
From White to Grey to Black 19
The Reckoning 12
And All of That Jazz 16
Today 25
No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
Lucky 10
You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
Saturday Night 13
Political Change? 14
The Female Gender 17
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
Remembering 11
This Web We Weave 13
The End 16
The Day the Clouds Cried 16
The Path of Life 12
My Mother Ruth 12
Humanities Challenge 14
A Cowboy's Perspective 12
July in Buda Texas 14
The OP Poets Parade 20
The Chatelaine 12
Shot Through the Heart 17
Poetry and Fine Wine 18
The Man What Am 10
The Final Beat of My Heart 16
The Rainbow of Poets 19
A Cowboy's Lament 13
Of This World I am Not 17
The Wee People 19
An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
The Scent of Love 14
Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
Memories of Times Past 13
The Dance of the Poets 20
The Confession 14
Road to Obscurity 18
Barbara 14
Shadows 15
Prescience 17
Words That Bind 54
Wondering 26
New Year News from Buda Texas 13
We Are All Witnesses 16
Christmas 25
A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
The 9 ers 24
Love Defined 27
Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
More News From Buda Texas 26
Choices 26
News from Buda, Texas 21
In Search of God 21
Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
Out of the Darkness 15
Visions from Within the Mist 18
Baseball 12
The Night Stalker 16
The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
The Sounds of Time 17
The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
Blah Blah Blah 14
One Two Three 13
Carpe Viam 11
Love in the Afternoon 13
The Moth 14
Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
The Creative Process 19
The Truth and the Tribe 19
The Long Wait. 19
Feathers 26
The Arrow 14
Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
Ghostly Images 16
Friends 11
Angels Without Wings 20
The Rider 16
Pride and Shame 18
The Winning Poet is.... 21
Memories 13
Politicians 67
Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
God's Visit 17
Poets and Poems 20
Love Thy Neighbor 13
Renewal 8
The Roar of Silence 17
Blessed Are These Days 4
Time and Space 5
Life's Journey 8
Gift To The Fallen 16
Hunger 21
The Antique Shop 30