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A Bull Rider's Heart

We are all so young,,, even the ‘old hands’
Imagining a time with no bull rope is hard to plan
It’s riding with a heart and unflagging spirit revealed
That’s a most fitting description of what’s usually concealed
The dream most have had since they were born
About riding horses, bulls, and such without scorn
It’s about the ride, that 8 seconds of time
That lead you and the bull to a place uniquely sublime
Riding bulls or whatever, it really don’t matter
As long as your heart, your family, and your thoughts aren’t scattered
Whether it’s the big show or not, you really don’t mind
You’d ride a milk cow if she’d fly out the gate, so inclined.
So even if you ride for the money, or the fame
No matter what you draw, you look for no blame
Because even though bones, and tendons are often broken
And if you’re deemed old because your thirty something year is now unspoken
It’s really the heart that prevails when the body can’t follow
And provides that last 8 seconds, that make you feel less hollow
And,,, when someday your heart and mind don’t yearn for the ride,
It’s time to reflect and possibly stand off to the side.
Life doesn’t end for there’s still plenty to do
There is always a new bull rider that wants to be you
They may need a hand, and inspiration or two
And a true bull rider’s heart is to return the gift given you.

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  1. Date: 11/9/2010 1:26:00 PM
    great way to live!

  1. Date: 12/23/2009 10:58:00 AM
    Congratulations on making it through the first round of the PoetrySoup Site October Contest. I wish you the best in the finals Shawn. May 2010 be the year you see your writing endeavors become reality. Love and blessings to you and yours always, Carol

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 9:49:00 AM
    Congrats on your poem winning the first round of PS contest!! Very well deserved, enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! May 2010 be your best year ever! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 11:24:00 AM
    Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem >> James

  1. Date: 11/8/2009 7:16:00 PM
    Very interesting couplet, Shawn. I like the ending "a true bull rider’s heart is to return the gift given you". Congratulations for being featured. Love, Iolanda

  1. Date: 11/8/2009 11:39:00 AM
    Congratulations, Shawn on having your well-written poem featured this week. It was enjoyable to read. (reminded me of a mechanical bull 35 years ago! Smiling... Thanks for sharing and keep writing. Lovingly, Dane soupmail

  1. Date: 11/6/2009 4:14:00 PM
    Congrats on your amazing feature write this week! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 11/3/2009 12:41:00 PM
    congrats on being a featured poet this week, love the poem!!

  1. Date: 11/2/2009 1:20:00 PM
    Many congratulations on your poem being featured this week >> James

  1. Date: 11/2/2009 10:04:00 AM
    Shawn - congratulations on your poem being featured this week. Regards Janette

  1. Date: 11/2/2009 4:15:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Shawn. May you have many more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/8/2009 12:48:00 PM
    Hi I wanted to take a moment to welcome you to Poetry Soup and to let you know that you will meet many wonderful people here through words. I enjoyed reading your fascinating and well written poem, today. Keep writing. Sincerely, DAS-J

  1. Date: 9/5/2009 7:16:00 PM
    The bull rider's heart, thanks for sharing, Sincerely Moses