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Handshake

The hooves that thundered on the roof,
An awful sound to hear;
And when the mighty steeds arrived,
My heart was gripped with fear.

The horses black as ebony,
A chariot in tow,
A fearsome rider held the reins;
I had no place to go.

The horseman’s face a scowling mask,
So clearly in command;
But racked with pain, I smiled relief
And gladly took his hand.

I will not see the light again;
But here with Death, I feel no pain.

Jack Horne for Gail’s Crossroads contest

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  1. Date: 4/19/2013 5:07:00 PM

    Death seems not so bad, with someone grabbing your hand--I like to go, too, so maybe that will be the way it happens, thoughtful poem Jack

  1. Date: 2/15/2013 10:38:00 AM

    Awesome write! This is really good, as always, Jack. I'm adding this to my Favs. List. Y

  1. Date: 11/15/2012 11:51:00 AM

    Congratulations on your well deserved win in Gail's "Standing At A Crossroad" contest Jack. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 10:42:00 AM

    Jack, another wonderful win.. congrats... PD

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 12:52:00 AM

    A sobering yet well put write here that you have done Harry.."

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 8:57:00 AM

    Hi jack having problems leaving comments... in case this go through, congrats brilliant poem...

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 7:12:00 AM

    Well done Jack, congratulations....Seren

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 3:59:00 AM

    Congratulations Jack, loved this when you posted xx

  1. Date: 11/9/2012 11:32:00 PM

    This horse was a winner! Well done

  1. Date: 11/9/2012 8:37:00 PM

    CONGRATS JACK ON A STELLAR WRITE AND WIN MY FRIEND .. HOPE U R DOING WELL .. WE R STILL PLAYING TAG WITH POWER OFF AND ON FOR DAYS NOW BUT GRATEFUL ALL R SAFE LUV..

  1. Date: 11/9/2012 4:10:00 PM

    Hi Jack, I see below you have lost your Dad and I want to say how sorry I am. This kind of loss is so hard to accept no matter how much we know it's coming. I know you must have wonderful memories. Also, your wrote a great poem that reminds me so much of the "headless horseman". Takecare my friend. Love, Elizabeth

  1. Date: 11/7/2012 2:01:00 PM

    Oh Jack, this is an amazing poem, grieve has inspired your poetry, I hope you are coping. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Constance

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 4:51:00 PM

    Dear Jack, Sounds like you've had a terrible tragedy. I wish you peace. Like Sara said I hear my much admired Dickinson here. Your last stanza is a stunning relief to the dark foreboding pace of the carriage horses. Pain and fear finally gone. A beautiful piece of poetry. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 3:36:00 PM

    wow, Jack, you took your father's passing and made a very good poem here. bless you and your family. this one was truly inspired.

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 2:12:00 PM

    Come sweet death, eh. I love the happy ending to your nightmare. Love, daver

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 10:16:00 AM

    A sure winner,Jack.Powerful rhyme! Regards to you and your family..Arild

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 6:24:00 AM

    A very powerful write this Jack, wonderful entry for the contest. Nice to see you back and regards to you and your family.

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 5:17:00 AM

    This one is a winner..It reminds me of Emily Dickinson but your very own creation..Enjoyed reading this morn..Thanks for the visits to my work..Your presence is always uplifting..Sara

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 3:58:00 AM

    Hey there Jack just wanted to send my regards and also sympathizewith your dad's passing. Hope you and your family are doing okay, lfde Wilma

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 2:56:00 AM

    Hi Jack this is great.... Thanks for your comments, ha ha I see you still read the one 3xs in an hour. Will be thinking of you and the family Thurs xx

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 10:43:00 PM

    SO WONDERFUL TO SEE U BACK JACK LUV .. A STUNNIN G ENTRY FOR GAIL AS EMOTIONS RUN HIGH AND DEEP .. WINNING WISHES .. MAY U FIND PEACE NOW KNOWING DAD HAS FOUND HIS .. THANKXX WE R ALL RECOVERING FROM SANDY AND A NOR'EASTER IS BARRELLING OUR WAY FOR WEDNS. ..RON HAS BEEN FEARLESS AND OUR ROCK ..HE SAYS HI LUV ..

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 10:43:00 PM

    Heya, Jack. Strong writing from you with this poem -- it does read like a modern sonnet to me. The last line is both striking and timely. I hope you are doing well under the circumstances.

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 6:25:00 PM

    We all do our best to maintain a safe distance from this fellow but eventually we will all be caught. It seems unfair that he has the benefit of horses.

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 5:30:00 PM

    This is so very perfect for the contest Jack, I am in awe with the power of this write my friend! I originally thought this was a nightmare about Santa Clause, ha ha, but then I read on and figured out what you were up to! I really enjoyed reading this phenomenal poem this evening! What a fabulous piece, Great Work!!

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 1:58:00 PM

    Powerful read....

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 1:58:00 PM

    A stunning poem Jack thanks for sharing and thank you for stopping by to comment on my poem At The Crossroads. I'm praying that you are doing alright. Hugs always, Gail

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 1:48:00 PM

    Very sonnetesque! A sonnet in ballad meter why not! [Smokey's back in the house, he came in about 11 pm that evening after I yelled myself hoarse! Thanks for worrying over us!] Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 1:11:00 PM

    Wonderful poem, Jack! Really splendid!!! Terry