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Old Bill

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Old Bill

In Memory of Jimmy Dale Still, Barrel horse rider, KIA,  Song Be, Viet Nam, 1/1/70

Old Bill,
swaybacked, sand burrs in his mane.
He stands no longer hopefull by the fence up near the house,
but follows the shade around the shed,
switching flys.

Nearby the dented barrels
rust rank and file akimbo,
no longer equadistant prey 
of steed and gladiator.

Hay in a self feeder.
The last time Jimmy came to break a bale,
carrot in his pocket, bridle in hand,
they were both young,
impetuous,
fearless,
     bullet proof.

Bill's walked a trail, deep, 
along the fence to the old arena.
Quiet now; full of weeds.
A place for breaking horses.




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  1. Date: 1/13/2011 10:07:00 AM
    Congratulations on your featured poem this week Wayne. May you have many more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/12/2011 9:54:00 AM
    At age 81 I can get into this one even though it concerns a horse. Good, good poem, worth many readings. Congrats on the selection. Dave

  1. Date: 1/9/2011 6:40:00 PM
    Congrats Wayne on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a great one to share with us all with luv my friend...

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 8:59:00 AM
    Congratualtions on being featured this week. And what a wonderful work this is.

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 11:48:00 AM
    Many congrats on your feature this week Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 11:22:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Wayne. Love,Carol

  1. Date: 11/21/2010 5:52:00 PM
    Congrats Wayne on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a great choice to share with us all luv.. hope u and family enjoy a very Happy Thanksgiving with luv..

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 7:28:00 AM
    sad write...enjoyed reading your tribute!

  1. Date: 8/27/2010 8:06:00 PM
    Welcome to Poetry Soup.. enjoyed your creative write tonight.. there are many contests offered on the contest page... check them out and enter... good luck..with luv..