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Thunder in the Canyon

Thunder in the Canyon

There's thunder in the canyon...

Not from stormy skies above
But from down below
Stampeding wild horses
Surge forward in a row
With deep treads of rumblings
From percussive swift hooves
They pound the ground with 
Thunderous thudding, cutting grooves

Observe this ancient blood band
In such frenzied rush
Flailing, kicking, flinging rocks
Forming clouds of dust
Determined to return
To their lush grazing land
Led by a spirited stallion
In proud command

He holds his head up high
Trumpeting a shrill neigh
Alert mares answer with
Whinnies, along the way
With bright flashes of colors
Flying at great speed
Here's grace in motion, zest for life
Unrestrained, free

A trail of blazing beauties
Shaking holy ground 
Form trembling thunderstorms
With psychoactive sounds
A stallion with companions
Passes proudly through
Sending thunder in the canyon
Streaks of lightning, too
 

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Tony Taylor

WOW!!..... this is truly powerful!!..... Excellent word choices that stand together as walls of sound that come trumpeting through your phrasing like poetic representations of the strength in those majestic creatures...... you use your commas beautifully in this piece..... helping to create a stunning read.... especially..... when read aloud!!.......ALL STARS & PINNED!!...... you did a GREAT job editing this piece Love!!........smokin' grooves!!..... definitely one of your best poems EVER!!....... kisses......T xo 🐧✴❤❤❤❤❤✴🐧

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi T!  Yay!  I am so excited that you got my intent of making the poem about the hoof sounds and feel of a raging storm the horses bring....I always think of wild horses as such majestic graceful creatures....but they also come with power and strength like a racing storm of thunder and lightning as they zip by in the canyon.  I love to think of horses being free and not inhibited, killed, or used for glue.  That is why I support the organization called,  "Return to Freedom," that places wild mustangs in open land to run free and not sterilized or killed by the government.  They deserve respect for being such beautiful creatures that God created to run freely in the wind.  I am so happy you think this is my best poem ever!  Wow!  Thank you!  You know how much I love horses, and when I write about what inspires me, it is easy to be in a comfort zone with my words.  I want to put this poem with a picture of wild horses in a canyon and frame it.  I have no idea where it can go on a wall, but I would like to...lol  Thanks for such great support, Tony.  Love n Hugs, xo C 

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Angel

Nicely written angel

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Linda!  Thank you!  I adore horses, and I used to work for an organization where I gave handicapped people horseback riding physical therapy...The therapy is called, Hippotherapy, even though there are no hippos involved...lol I like to support "Return to Freedom" that places wild horses in homes in open land to run free in California, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.  I am mesmerized by the beauty of watching them run free as God created them to be.  Thanks for your support. xo ;)  

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Greg Etsell

love your poem I hope you read my new poem

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Greg...Thank you!  I just love horses.  I will always want to write about their beauty and how they touch me.  I will certainly read your poem..Thanks for telling me. xo ;)

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Terry Kay

Cherie,  Wow you and Tony are awesome!  Did you see the video of Willie Nelson's song about the horses he saved.  I was crying so hard about half way through and I couldn't see the video. 😊. Love, Terry Kay

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Terry.  Thank you!  You know how much I love horses!  I will have to look that up on Youtube.  I know he has a ranch and horses, so I should not be surprised that he would have a song about saving horses.  There is so much abuse and cruel deaths to horses in order to control population of them...Even race horses, after they run for awhile, will be sent to glue factories to be killed after they retire.  They should be adopted out and allowed to live in peace in a pasture.  Thanks for telling me about Willie Nelson's song...I will check it out.  Love n Hugs, Cherie ;)

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Anthony...Thank you.  I just adore horses, and like to write about them wild and free, and happy in their natural environment.  I am so happy you liked it.  xo ;)

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Larry Ran

My Dear Cherie,

These creatures so magnificent, run wild and so free.  
Instead of being penned up, roaming the canyons do they be.
Their beauty mesmerizing,untethered, unrestrained.
A treasure of Mother Nature, so few now still remain.
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Their pounding hooves the promise, of a lovely equine herd.
More lovely sounds of nature, never have been heard.
Their freedom makes our hearts sing, and our Souls are happy filled.
These horses romping wild, o'er the praries and the hills.

All my love,
Larry xxx 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Larry!  I love your poetic verses that substantiate my own feelings about horses, and how precious it is to see them wild and free in their homelands.  It is my favorite thing in nature to view horses running in a mountainous environment and hear their thunderous hooves.  My heart just races along with them.  Thank you for your sensitive verses to go along with my theme, and for reading and caring... Love n Hugs, xo 

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Larry Ran

My Dear Cherie,

My regret is, that my time on Cosmo is now so limited, and a large portion of it, must be devoted to Cookie.  My heart and Soul ache for your beautiful prose.

All my love,
Larry xxx

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Awww...I certainly understand dear Larry....Cookie is a huge responsibility like a baby, and needs your attention.  I am always happy to see you grace my page.  I will appreciate any time you have on here and when you can post and there is no pressure.  We just all love you and respect your opinions and verses.  xo Love n Hugs

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A Lonely Journey

Hey Cheerie, 

Your love of horses is wonderful. You write so passionately about them, and it shows through so beautifully. They are such majestic, incredible creatures, and your writing is a great testament to their beauty, and to your beauty. 

I could feel their thunder though your writing, and loved the picture. 

You're a gorgeous writer. 

Love and hugs, 

Matthew. 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Matthew.  Thank you!  ;)  I do love horses so much and miss working with them.  I used to give handicapped people horseback riding therapy for many years at Shining Hope Farms.  My peripheral neuropathy keeps me from being able to do it now.  But I will always appreciate those days, and revere horses for their beauty and grace.  They are just great friends too.  I am thrilled that you say you could feel their thunder in my poem, as that was my intention...using a thunderstorm metaphor for their pounding hooves in the canyon causing a commotion.  Thank you for your support that means so much.  xo ;) Love & Hugs, Cheerie 

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A Lonely Journey

You're so welcome, Cheerie, thank you! 
Two of my favorite movies are Sea Biscuit and Secretariat, because of the heart, and beauty of the horses in them, and the love that people feel for them. It reminds me of you, and your wonderful love of them. 

Beautiful. 

Matthew. 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

We have those movies here, and I agree!  There is just something so touching about the relationship between man and horse, or woman and horse.  I love Diane Lane, so she especially made Secretariat special to me.  Those horses loved to run and to please their owners/riders....no doubt about it!  Sigh!  Got to love horses! xo

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