"I am hearing poetry when awake, dreaming poetry when asleep, breathing poetry with each breath, I am living in a poem."

Friday, March 30, 2012

Tin Horse Knight

A knight on a tin horse,
discount hopes
that didn’t have the change
to pay for anything
more elaborate.

She wanted love,
 the American dream
of a house with a mortgage,
car payments and
credit card debt.

Her soul had scars
from fairytales gone sour.
She didn’t want any more
rose painted disillusionment.

Her practical heart
wanted someone
who liked to watch sunsets
from a tailgate, dancing
to the Rolling Stones,
and spending five bucks
on Wednesday night lottery tickets.

She has dreams and some
might think they are more
clearance rack than upscale,
but she no longer cared
for the two cents others
were always ready to give her.

 Somewhere there
was a guy on a tin horse
waiting to ride in and
love her and believe in
her dime store dreams.

©Susie Clevenger 2012
For the challenge Ella asked we share
the poem sketching our written piece came from.
Here are my sketches:
Tin horse
A knight


Ed Pilolla said...

you flesh out a character from the inside. i really like practical heart... sunsets from a tailgate, dancing
to the rolling stones... spending five bucks on wednesday night lottery tickets. everyday beautiful.

Geraldine said...

this is wonderful Susie. very original too. love and happiness can be all about the "simple" pleasures of day to day...

Mama Zen said...

All the great details make this special. Wonderful write.

Daydreamertoo said...

Awww... at least he rode in on something. We all need our heros and heroines, don't we? :)

Ella said...

Wow Susie! You captured a view of the simple, but extraordinary life~
Wonderful imagery...I thought of your daughter when I read this.
I know the ordinary means more, when one is struggling. I know a bit of the struggle! I hope things are on the upswing for her, for you, your family~! (((hugs)))

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