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Eight-Second Ride!

Updated on September 2, 2014
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By: Wayne Brown

 

A ton of muscle, a mass of flesh

Snorting, pushing, shoving intimidation

No fear of man, desiring no friend

A caged explosion

An eight-second wonder

 

His back broad and expanding outward

Pushing, shoving, crushing my legs on the chute

Determination, a fearful conquering foe

A short calm

An eight-second storm is coming

 

Legs tight, rope firmly in hand bound

Breathing, shaking, heart beating out of my chest

Apprehension, a future of uncertainty

A head nod

An eight-second explosion

 

Leap out of the chute with all four high

Twisting, pounding, whirling out of control

Doubt, questions of strength

A spur of authority

An eight-second eternity

 

Sunfishin’ leaps with hoofs in the air

Sweat, panic, desperation, ragged-doll emotion

Endurance, time drags by

A blowing horn

An eight-second relief

 

Loosening the rope, jumping for life

Fear, happiness, relief, outlined with caution

Dirt, escaping the peril

A short run

An eight-second lifetime

 

Upon the gate, safe once more

Stomping, snorting, enraged, distracted by clowns

Safe, watching with respect

A brave warrior

An eight-second rage

 

A worthy opponent

 

 

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...I'll drop you a couple of emails with ideas. WB

    • Truckstop Sally profile image

      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      WB - That would be great. Any help would be appreciated - especially since you got me into this (ha). I was thinking about finding a real event, and then go from there -- a historical fiction.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...Yes, the reality may be a bit limiting but fiction lends itself to broad borders of the imagination. I will send you an examle and maybe that will get you started. WB

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Aw shucks!!

      No really, Pardner - The gaunlet's been thrown. I'll do it! But the only women I know from the Old West are Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind (or something like that) - Davy Crockett's wife from the kid's tall tale version and Miss Kiity from Gunsmoke. I've got some homework to do!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...Shoot, you'll be writing this stuff in no time...it's addictive. I would really love to see someone take the female perspective and write of the old west...I really think that would be good but it will take a woman to bring the emotion and perspective. WB

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      I always thought of myself as a country girl at heart, and I have fun at the livestock show and rodeo every year -- but I never considered myself an afficiando of western literature -- until now. Thanks!

      On my way to Sunfishing!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally....great, glad you like the poem now look for the story that is similar called "Sunfishing". LOL! Sorry to give you the runaround...give me the word and I will send you a complete current list of all my stuff. WB

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Fun ride! Love the synonyms /descriptions for 8 seconds -- wonder, storm, explosion, eternity, relief, rage . . .

      Quite a rodeo!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, KFlippin! I am not a bull-rider but I wanted to attempt to created the experience. Glad you enjoyed it! WB

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      KFlippin 

      8 years ago from Amazon

      Awesome! One of the best for sure! Excellent imagery and movement and you just can't stop reading it.

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      good choices from both of you gentlemen!

    • saddlerider1 profile image

      saddlerider1 

      8 years ago

      Unforgiven one of my all time favorites, Clint was a pretty slick dude, but the King of westerns for me is the Duke/John Wayne. Well pilgrim I can sit down for a weekend and watch reruns of the Duke's, he never failed to let me down. He was such a versatile actor, The Quiet Man as an ex American boxer defending himself in Ireland against the love of his life's father. Great fistycuffs all throughout the village. hah.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @EPGMan...We share a few: Culpepper Cattle Co., Missouri Breaks, Winchester 73, Unforgiven, 3:10 To Yuma, The Cheyenne Social Club, Quigley Down Under, Open Range, Lonesome Dove, Blazing Saddles, The Outlaw Josey Wales. How's that? WB

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      it would take most men 8 years to achieve what Mr. Brown can achieve in 8 seconds - and those are the plain and simple facts - god you're a great writer and such a fine gentleman!

      Please list some of your favorite westerns for me as a courtesy - some of mine:

      THE SEARCHERS

      CULPEPPER CATTLE CO.

      THE WILD BUNCH

      THE PROFESSIONALS

      MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER

      THE ORIGINAL STAGECOACH

      MISSOURI BREAKS

      ..more to come at a later date

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Okay, Stan...I will hang here at 125 a bit. It's about time I hit the wall...overdue actually! Now you know who to call when you need that really great advertising slogan! Glad to see you comin' by! Maybe we need another collaboration. I like that line....Stephen King on Meth! WB

      @saddlerider1...I think "Conversation Pieces II was the bottom of the barrel for me in terms of dark and weird, Ken. It's hard to get any more twisted than that one. WB

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      saddlerider1 

      8 years ago

      I loved Stan's comments and genius. It's those late nights down at Earl's drinking those suds that get's your mind in gear to be so creative and twisted at times. Hey Wayne don't get me wrong, the twist is important in your writings it keeps us all coming back for more. And yes, Stephen King would be proud of you, so keep those storms a coming, breaks up the plot now and then. Peace

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      Stan Fletcher 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      'an eight second storm is coming'. What a line, dude! That should be on all of the PBR promotional materials. And BTW, slow down bro. You're cranking out more good material than Stephen King on meth!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Laura...so glad you liked it. I wanted to take everyone on a bull-ride! WB

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      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Wayne Brown, This is wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I don't have to garden, Poppy! WB

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      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      After I garden I feel like I've been on a bull for hours. Ouch!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @ Tom Whitworth....that's my kind of bull-riding too, Tom! LOL WB

      @SilverGenes....Thank you. I got up feeling like a bull-rider this morning, all stiff and sore! I thought I would try to write about. I hope it is credibile since I don't engage in the sport. Thanks for the good words! WB

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      SilverGenes 

      8 years ago

      Wayne, you've done it again. I really like how you've taken this from the first moment of apprehension and determination, through the ride, and onto the fence. You've also managed to convey the view from the animal's point of view - the ride isn't over for him. Fantastic job!

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      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Wayne,

      I only would ever consider bull riding if it was medium rare on my plate with a baked potato with sour cream!!!!!!!!!!

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