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The Ballad of Lobo

The Ballad of Lobo

My story ends in tragedy,
You know such stories well,
Like Romeo and Juliet,
They lived and loved, and fell –


They’re not in any storybooks.
They’re fur and running paw,
Two wolves that ran the desert high
By code of tooth and claw.

Remember God created wolf
And blessed it to the wild.
They’re not the stuff of foolish fears,
Nor nightmares of a child.

They lived like leaves on desert wind.
They lived to hunt and roam,
Old Lobo, Blanca and their pack,
The open range their home.

You ask me how a wolf can love?
Your answer’s in the eyes,
They show how we accept His gifts.
It’s where the spirit lies.

The seasons leapfrogged year to year.
The trees were cut to wood.
Where bison numbered like the stars,
Man’s cattle only stood.

And hunger gnawed at Lobo’s pack.
It’s master of us all,
For hand and paw and wing and hoof
Must harken to its call.

Old Lobo was the alpha wolf!
You’d hear his howls at night –
They lifted to the desert winds
Like eagles taking flight.

He turned to what was left to him,
The cattle eased his need.
He gave no thought to ownership
And lived by nature’s creed.

No wrangler could draw sight on him
By rifle or deceit.
Old Lobo knew the sand and stone
Between the dry mesquite.

He smelled when ranchers poisoned meat,
When traps were set by hand.
He never understood a fence,
Our stakes to claim the land.

The ranchers met one snowy night
And pursed a thousand gold –
To any man that brings him down!
The days grew hard and cold.

So hard and cold that no one came
To brave the desert night.
Such wind and cold can steal your breath
And take you by the light.

A stranger came who knew the cold.
He came for Lobo’s fame.
He came to claim the easy gold.
And death came on his name.

Old Lobo was the alpha wolf!
You’d hear his howls at night –
His song would linger on the range
Until the break of light.

Young Ernest Seton set to task.
He’d cut them from the herd.
But Lobo seemed to know his hand
And have the final word.

Young Seton set his poison baits
Where Lobo left his track.
The baits were taken after dark
And heaped by Seton’s back.

He swore he’d hang the devil’s hide
And that, by hook or crook
He’d hunt him to Perdition’s Gates!
To hell with what it took.

He bought or made a newer trap
Each month that passed him by.
Old Lobo sprung the traps in turn
And left them like a sty.

One night young Seton sat at camp.
He laid against his packs
And staring at the crackling fire,
He saw two sets of tracks.

“We're going 'bout this wrong, my lads!”
He quickly found his feet.
“We’ll bait Old Lobo with his mate,
It’s her we need to beat!”

Old Lobo was the alpha wolf!
You’d hear his howls at night –
They rose and echoed through the air
With majesty and might.

She ran for weeks and missed a trap.
It took her by her paw.
Young Seton rode up full of pride
To work his brand of law. 

They lassoed her to saddle horns,
And broke her neck with ropes.
They’d never heard such mournful howls
Against Currumpaw’s slopes.

They found old Lobo up a ways
Beneath a snowy rise,
Just looking at the open sky,
A quiet in his eyes.

Young Seton bowed his head and wept.
He knew why Lobo died –
He’d left us with a broken heart
When Blanca left his side.

He fell beneath a blazing sky
Of snorting, riling paint.
He’s standing with his Blanca now.
They run without restraint.

They’re playing in New Mexico.
When nights are cold and still,
You’ll see them chasing after paints
Above Currumpaw hill.

Old Lobo’s still the alpha wolf!
His songs are full of pride –
He howls just like he did the night
He sang his deeds and died..


            -m.c.ackerson
            ©2015


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Ballad of the Bouncing Self

At times I, like a butterfly,
May flit from bloom to bloom,
Or with my whimsy set sky-high
To outer space may zoom.
And yet, when all’s been said and done,
I follow what my fate has spun—
For some may strive and ne’er succeed,
While others simply do the deed.

A Muse impels me on a spree
Of whirling swirling craft
Where poems must not mean but be…
Until I’m going daft.
But words, albeit finely wrought,
Can only catch a passing thought—
For some may strive and ne’er succeed,
While others simply do the deed.

When my reality looks pale
I frolic in a theme
From vivid myth, folklore or tale, 
Where dreams are what they seem.
And there where’er I romp and roam
I always feel a welcome home—
For some may strive and ne’er succeed,
While others simply do the deed.

I’ve often fallen to the ground
And picked myself back up.
I’ve hungered for a loving touch
And sipped from passion’s cup.
My longings, cravings ruled my will;
Still never could I drink my fill—
For some may strive and ne’er succeed,
While others simply do the deed.

A life led wrong, though full of song,
Will cause us to regret,
When pondering the winters long,
Our faults we can’t forget.
And then we’re washed in bitter tears
For senseless youth and wasted years—
As some may strive and ne’er succeed,
While others simply do the deed.

I said I want to live before
I die, in villanelle,
To learn where lies true wisdom’s door
And shun the gates to hell.
Yes, wayward ways can still begin
To seek and find the Way within—
For some may strive and not succeed,
While others simply do the deed.


– Harley White (July 4, 2014)


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The Ballad Of Heretical Appliances Pt.1

Late one mornin', I was layin',
the sofa makin' me sore;
the fridge was hummin' nastily,
leakin' all over the floor,
while the fan noisily disturbed
dust motes of all kinds;
Sunlight was busy peakin' through
my carefully closed blinds.
I, then, started sneezin' with
horrid strength far too often.
At first at a loss for what
got me wheezin' 'n coughin',
it suddenly dawned on me,
it was my soul tryin' to escape.
So, I knew what I really needed:
a fresh roll of maskin' tape.
But, those connivin' appliances
were conspirin' against me,
for some reason, aidin' my spirit's
traitorous attempt to flee;
as I arose from the sofa, an
unholy fit made my chest tight,
dust blew into my eyes, robbin'
me of righteous sight.
Yet, like some noble saint,
I struggled ever on;
the sole, uncarin' witness was 
the curious mornin' Sun.
Sufferin' from watchful heat
and fan-blown blindness,
made my way to the kitchen,
thankin' it's cool, linoleum kindness,
only to slip on it's tiles,
where the fridge's water'd settled.
Like Peter, my near-martyrdom
was ass-over-tea-kettled.
Resurrectin' myself, resentin' now,
the Sun's greedy gaze all mornin',
My sightlessness was lifted
to the chorus of robins singin'.


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THEWhaling SHIP CAPTAIN's LOVER ballad dedicated my gmother's life

THE SHIP CAPTAIN’S LOVER   (from my grandmother's life--her betrothed lost at sea on a whaling vessel in Norway 1890)

by Victoria Anderson-Throop

The winds blow free
And the winds blow cold
There never was a man so bold
As the man I loved who went to sea
The month he was to marry  me

Times were hard
And times were tough
Winds were cold
North seas were rough

But a whaling man will fight for breath
Dare the sea , defy their death
He ordered his crew
“come follow me
Who fears to sail
Is cowardly”

“No, don’t leave me--
Please --I called”
He slapped me then
He was appalled

I had shamed him with my fear
I should have handed him his gear
And wished him well upon his way
Gone on like any other day

A woman’s place is by the shore
Nothing less and nothing more
She never begs and never cries
Unless her own beloved dies

While I waited on the shore
Fear seeped out of every pore
Days went by
And then a week
Tears were shed by brave and meek

Life was bitter, life was sour
A bell was sounded from the tower
For each beloved man
Now lost--
What a bitter
Deadly cost.

And , for me,
My life's in tatters.
Men don’t know the thing that matters--
I wish I had my man so sweet
Not my world
Thrown at my feet.

Oh darlin’ babe now in my arms
Don’t fall victim to wild charms
When the sea calls in your head
Stay at home-- die in your bed



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The Ballad Of Heretical Appliances Pt.2

My head still ringin' with
the effects of concussion,
while,the fridge hummed to
the fan's whirlin' percussion.
Though, my sneezin' fit had
finally, apparently passed,
I couldn't risk this threat of
fan, fridge, and soul amassed.
With a great, dire caution,
I walked so eloquently
to the kitchen drawers, then,
ripped through them, reverently,
found the roll of sticky paper
my salvation sorely needed;
kept my back to the Sun,
as it's distant attention grew heated.
I tore off seven pieces for
my mouth, ears, nostrils, and eyes,
sealed 'em tight against,
what could only be Satan's lies.
Havin' achieved this most
burnin' of any goal,
that bein' the denial of
the flight of my eternal soul,
I parted the blinds to hurl
a muffled curse at the sky,
and the Sun in it's cozy
seat, up there on high:
"You good fer nuthin' giant lightbulb,
what've you got to fear?
Quit yer silent gawkin',
I coulda used yer help down here!".
I, of course, waited the
accepted forty minutes, forty seconds,
before tearin' off the tape
and startin' the admonissions,
quotin' scripture to the fridge 'n fan,
knowin' they'd see their sin,
I, then, shouted in victory,
"To Hell with you soul, I win!".


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The Ballad of the Winter Fallen

It was the cold and dark of winter
I was outside playing alone
My fingers were chilled like cinders
I ventured far from home

I turned around and it was white
I couldn't see at all
So I closed my eyes real tight
Then I began to fall...

I fell into a slumber
Awaken by bright lights
I heard the sound of water
I felt I slept all night

I saw a beautiful girl
With a voice as enchanting as gold
Her clothes white as pearl
She wasn't that old

I took her sweet soft hand
We walked to a grave
The grave's in white sand
My soul she couldn't save

Lights of green and blue
I was suddenly in a room
Kids in white dresses too!
Could it be my doom?

Taken to water so clear
I could hear my dad calling
His voice full of fear
The sound so loud appalling

I fell into the pond
Appeared in front of the door
This is the truth my bond
My dream existed before