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Below is the poem entitled Mirage which was written by poet Tony Lane. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Turquoise stones and sun-bleached bones Were strewn across the sand. Through mid-day heat on blistered feet The cowboy tried to stand. They stole his horse without remorse And then they took his boots. They left him dry to bake and die Without the six gun that he shoots. He caught a glimmer of a shimmer Of water in the distance. He tried all day to make his way But pain became resistance. Without shade he began to fade And the water was no nearer. The fate he faced without a taste Of water was much clearer. Then a Navajo maid saw him splayed On a rock outcrop ahead. Filled with worry she began to hurry For fear that he was dead. The water she gave helped to save The cowboy’s life that day. From the start he gave his heart And wished that she would stay. Then morning came and wagon train Appeared within his sight. But the Navajo maid could not be repaid For she had vanished in the night. Should he stay or be on his way He had to come to a decision. Was she there to give him care Or was she just a vision?

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  1. Date: 12/4/2011 10:02:00 PM
    Tony it's lovely really lovely a story well told indeed. X Lizzie

  1. Date: 12/2/2011 8:07:00 PM
    loved it bro. john

  1. Date: 12/2/2011 4:04:00 PM
    had that ring of truth to it ... perhaps you will remember some more ... great poem Tony...

  1. Date: 12/2/2011 3:11:00 PM
    I just love this, Tony. A sure fire winner if for a contest. Thanks very much - I loved your contest : )

  1. Date: 12/2/2011 11:53:00 AM
    Now this is MY idea of a story poem (speaking about the blog discussion this morning). It looks like the beginning of a great story. Is there a part two?

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 12/2/2011 11:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sounds like there should be.
  1. Date: 12/2/2011 10:57:00 AM
    Care/vision I suppose, nice write Tony, I am glad she watered you, love,vie

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 12/2/2011 12:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I need a good watering every once in a while.
  1. Date: 12/2/2011 9:42:00 AM
    Hi Tony, you tell these amazing stories with such perfection. I love reading your poems because they are always so complete with faultless rhyme to boot. You are very talented with the pen!

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 12/2/2011 12:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are too kind.
  1. Date: 12/2/2011 9:08:00 AM
    An excellent story you have told with this write. Being in the heart of cattle country I enjoy cowboy stories. love phyl

  1. Date: 12/2/2011 6:40:00 AM
    Wow! you've done an excellent job with this one, Tony. I especially enjoyed the enclosed rhyme throughout. Happy Holidays! Catie :)

  1. Date: 12/2/2011 5:34:00 AM
    She sleeps, I read, this IS a good morning, so far. I can't recall a single thing you've written, Tony, that I didn't enjoy. Big heart in that chest. It can be heard in every verse you share. Have a good day. Today is my Girl's tests. Will let you know. Thanks for the prayers, chum. Cyndi