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Mustang Island

Updated on February 23, 2015
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Supple muscles ripple in the sun

That keep me strong, sinewy, and at one.

Pristine, white beaches under my fiery hooves

Show that nature meant us to prove.


The warmest of winds cast down upon me

Will never tether me now in the land of the free

Coming and going, as life doth decree

This is the truth of unsubjected esprit.


The long mane of unbridled passions

Stand proudly wild in local fashions

As we stand in the clear water of days gone by

And centuries pass as I am still unbelied.


Majestic and supreme, I stand on high

For each day that passes is closer to goodbye

Since freedom is only temporarily given

And my assumption is clearly stricken.


Looking ahead, the land will change

Industrial pollution removes the gallant range.

Clusters of flowers that once flowed in the breeze

Observe as the water begins to recede.


The birds, once aplenty, in the blue skies above,

Are now replaced by flying machines of love.

Where are the fish once in the shaded harbor?

Now out of sight of the once fruited arbor.


The beautiful earth has been replaced by industry

And we never thought that would come to be,

For nature is delicate, in balance and free of cost

But once it is gone, it is forever lost.


What do the shadows now hold in our minds?

Or has the future brought with it, darkening blinds?

While the black clouds roil and spin while they may

Is that also of the past, a warm soaking rain?


Do heed the call, it may never come again,

The new urban terrain may not include trees.

Protect this semi-barren earth from flood and fire

The present lack of rain makes it much drier.


Place your foot within my hoof

You cannot now remain aloof.

I am now the ghost of hauntings past

May the turn of events leave you aghast.

© 2015 Deb Hirt

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mary, I appreciate your reading, as well as your voice to get my message to as many people as possible.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for your support, ps. Through all of us, we will keep the wild in wildlife as best we can. Thanks for the shares!

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      What a beautifully written perspective on what's happening to our planet. Who would know better than the horses who once ran free over the untainted countryside.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Each day more and more of nature turns to stone. It breaks my heart...I can hear the cry of the horses. All around where I live there are horses, gorgeous, amazing creatures, all sizes and breeds, who are holding onto to their land as tightly as they can

      Angels are on the way to you ps

      Voted up++++ and pinned and shared

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Suhail, they ring strongly for a lot of us, which prompted me to write about this issue. Thanks for being you and a part of my world, too.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      "Place your foot within my hoof

      You cannot now remain aloof.

      I am now the ghost of hauntings past

      May the turn of events leave you aghast."

      So true!

      But as you may have noticed, there have been some good news on environment as well.

      I liked the poetry. The words and the verses mean a lot to an environmentally conscious person like me.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Kevin! The shares are so important to try to get the word out about our land and what humanity is doing to it. Thanks for your help.

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      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      You wrote that with such heart, I love horses. So beautiful and so meaningful Deb. It is so true what is happening to our world. I voted this up+++, shared and Tweeted it.

      Kevin

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Peggy. Peruse a few of my birding columns, and you'll see that we have much more in common. I do a column for my local paper now, which is why I pulled Life at Boomer Lake with Deb.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wild mustangs roaming free...what could be more beautiful than that! Unfortunately for them and for us, the industrial age has destroyed much of what Mother Nature gave us and we need to pay attention so that we do not lose everything. Beautifully written message of importance.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for reading it AudreyHowitt, and this encourages me to take a gander at your material. I appreciate your having stopped by to introduce yourself.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      This piece has a wonderful and important message--really well done!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And thank YOU, Alicia. I appreciate your having read this.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, deergha! Coming from you, those are mighty powerful words, as you are quite the poet yourself...

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      deergha 

      3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Hello Deb,

      Such a beautiful poem with so much truth about nature and the need for must and urgent preservation here. Hats off. You have created a beautiful poem with such strong social message, its really wonderful. To write articles about serious topic is everywhere but then to express such prolific topic including such wide area of many concerns of present time through a poem, really present sheer talent. You are very talented my friend and you are out shining your self in this one. Votes up beautiful, awesome and interesting. Thank you for this wonderful share. Sharing across.

      God bless you always.

      Deergha

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing the very important message, Deb.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks so much, Mary. It is just another way for me to try to get the word out.

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      Man's need for land and lack of foresight have created so many holes in nature. You've said it from the heart of one who suffers from it.

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks so much, Dave. It is up to us all to get the word out and do our part.

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      Dave 

      3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      What can I say Deb, beautifully worded but with a strong message to everyone that shares this planet. We all need to do more to stop this concrete jungle from taking over the places nature has created for us and all her inhabitants. This is a great hub.Well done. Voted up,awesome,beautiful and interesting.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know, Sha, this will always happen. I just hope that these are things that we don't have to tell about in the future, because they will be a thing of the past.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jackie, I was thinking about the horses on Chincoteague Island. I happened to be there one year when the pony auction was happening. I was petting a pony through the wire fence, and some older man told me that I'd better stop because I'd be bitten. Little did he realize, he was talking to the Protector of Animals.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      All of this is so right, perps, and it makes me sad to see things go by the wayside. With the weather and global warming like they are, it will get even worse. Once it is gone, that's it, un;less it is a handful of very rare cases. We must keep up the battle, in any event.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The State of Maine rightfully gave a really large chunk of Maine back to original Americans and within a short time the deer were completely gone from the area where I had previously hunted. Obviously we cannot save everything when those with legal claims do as they please.

      On the flip side, without consultation with the State of Utah and its citizens, a new national park was created restricting exploration and commercial access as well as placing other restrictions (great perhaps for tourism, but imposed and without public involvement.)

      That we have a contest about what is important, is important, but doing things by fiat from distant DCbureaucrats of any administration is hardly called for when modern communication could so easily facilitate public discussion.

      As for local actions, the key is citizen involvement in local concerns, while laziness abdicates decision making to the best connected and the highest bidders, reminiscent of the tactics of communist student activists on China's pre-communist college campuses who organized student organizations after first posting their initial meeting (at which they elected themselves) in out of the way staircases where regular students were not likely to see them, then widely posting the next meetings at which they announced who had been chosen as (their) leaders.

      Activism is important by all concerned so that average citizens are involved and not just steamrollered by any faction.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This reminds me of the Christopher Columbus Mustangs in North Carolina that I wrote about that as you can guess were brought over by him and they have to be kept wild and what a job it is to keep them that way. It is as if man will do anything to undo such a beautiful thing. So sad and I just pray they can continue to protect enough to keep them wild as they were meant to be.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy. It hit me right after the other one last night, so I saved it for today after I added the ending.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      If there is a more beautiful animal than the horse I don't know what it is, and this is a beautiful tribute to the horse and all of nature. Well done, Deb!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Deb, this poem speaks to my heart and makes me want to scream. I wrote a poem using Mother Nature's voice. We (you and I) speak of sadness and of Man's destruction to the environment.

      There's new build going on all around me. What were once treed lots, giving homes to wonderful wildlife are now being replaced with concrete dwellings and Nature's destruction. It's painful to watch.

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