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They Hang Horses, Don't They

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They Hang Horses, Don't They

They Hang Horses, Don't They?

Once a strange structure appeared in a barn yard
difficult not to  notice
A scaffold to hang horses
for throwing their masters
Dumb and never protesting
they were led up the ramp
built like a stairway to heaven
There was never any 
last minute salvation
No 'Pegasus' wings that
sprouted from the withers
Hooves crossed on the chest 
each was duly blest
and I wonder if each
mistook the noose for
a lasso around its neck
With one somb're bell a'ringing
The hangman pulled the lever
'There are no last minute requests
for horses being executed'

Justice done again?
yet it seems
in the equine world
hanging has served 
as no deterrant
Inherant in all horses
is an urge to 
throw their masters.

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  1. Date: 10/22/2014 1:07:00 PM
    I take it you have a soft spot for horses. Is this scaffolding where they hang horses have any grains of truth in it? I absorb the thought provoking message, but am curious about the inspiration.

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 11/6/2014 11:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Timothy: I wrote this to a one phrase challenge which was, ' A strange structure appeared...' amazing what comes out of a few words. I guess depending what structure you pick and on where you locate it anything could
  1. Date: 8/4/2013 5:24:00 PM
    So true! The death penalty's alive and well. Especially here in Texas. We lead the nation in executions and people are still killing! A deterrent? I don't think so. A point well taken!...Milt

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 11/6/2014 11:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Milt.
  1. Date: 8/2/2013 4:59:00 PM
    love this write,,, and I remember the title from a movie "Robert Redford & J. Fonda ? "

  1. Date: 8/2/2013 11:55:00 AM
    I remember the movie "They Shoot Horses Don't They" kind of depressing? Love your take on that thought and especially the concluding deterrent thoughts! Really enjoy reading--love how your mind works!

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 11:38:00 AM
    I do like this one..Excellent topic chosen and excellent presentation..I feel that it could be an underlying subtle meaning penned in these lines..Thanks for stopping by..I am honored that you found my simple work worthy of favs..Sara..This one is going into my favs also..

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 6:38:00 AM
    Love it. A brilliant satirical poem. Made me think of the Far Side comics where animals are used to illustrate the folly of man

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 11/6/2014 11:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes satire is sometimes more effective than truth as it bites your
  1. Date: 7/30/2013 8:12:00 AM
    Hi Suz,thanks for capturing that sad feeling in me for these helpless creatures.I guess the horse killers will give you quite a different perspective to justify the kills.Thanks for your ever so sweet comments on my poems.Your new friend Mustapha.

  1. Date: 7/30/2013 5:06:00 AM
    Oh my, this just broke my heart,, I felt sick,,, I know they kill horses like they kill many of GOD's beautiful creatures, but I did not know this cruelty very sad for me but a great write,,, good on you for bringing the horrid act to light,,, blessings sueellen

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 7/30/2013 1:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This is only from my doesn't really happen this way.
    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 7/30/2013 1:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Please don't be sad....this is just my way of commenting on the Death penalty, as not being a deterrent . I actually love horses.