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The Cowgirl: A Poem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cowgirl: A Poem

By Priscilla McGreer

Copyright 2017 Priscilla McGreer

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I

 

I can’t make the horse walk backward

I beat it dead

I walk the trail

 

things try to eat me

I put my sword in hungry mouths

things crawl up on me

sure not lonely out here

 

the deadly ones

sweet and nice to rip open

the others

talking nonsense

 

I don’t give my two-leg scream to no-leg ghosts

II

 

now I know you know it’s no fault of yours

girl

my blood still on your granddaddy’s sword

 

I don’t speak

I walk

 

there’re wolves out here

girl

you’re no cowboy without a horse

 

she sets the ground on fire

I don’t cry

I seen the end

makes no difference either way

III

 

all is burning

my sword is cold

 

I fall asleep to riddles

 

the stars whistle at me

but I ain’t ever been in love

 

the wind brushes me

but I ain’t ever been in love

 

the ground stops burning and caresses me

but I ain’t in love

 

Mercy nuzzles me

I am not dreaming

she is mine again

off we go

IV

 

I don’t have enough patience

to braid into a rug

mama use to scold me

 

you’re a fool good as dead

once you get where you feel so good getting

 

I am a fool

I don’t have the learning to use my sword

maybe I don’t have the right

 

but I have more than them to lose

 

I lead the hunt

of wolves that follow

I keep my good eye on the road

V

 

hell looks the same as here

I still know it when we get there

I keep my head down

 

with my other eye

I see the so-called-Princess

she didn’t mean nothing by it

you follow wolves till they find you

she traced them up to her elbow

 

tell your granddaddy

what your mama made me do to your papa

my chambers are not your classroom

GET OUT

she stuck a needle in my eye

she forgot about me

 

behind me

some still laugh at her rage

 

I don’t pay no mind to the other one-eyeds

you’re no cowboy without a horse

VI

 

the horse ran off

away from wolves

the wolves ran off

away from ghosts

the ghosts shut their mouths stunned

mama’s betrayal stings like truth

slapping the face of spoiled children

 

all the world’s a big baby trying to suck on you girl

 

after I kill my granddaddy

I don’t care what happens

 

where I’m gone

is past where I can see

but I don’t need my sword no more

I hear the ground trampling towards me


The Cowgirl: A Poem

"The Cowgirl" is a stouthearted 6-section poem that avoids mischief on its otherworldly canter. Like its titular heroine, the poem moves forward with determined grit.

  • ISBN: 9781370306770
  • Author: Priscilla McGreer
  • Published: 2017-05-01 07:50:08
  • Words: 505
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