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Stallions Last Dance/Lone Wolf Howl

Updated on July 27, 2013

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Brave Stallion

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Standing eighteen hands

he was a giant of a steed

coat black as midnight

and satin sheened mane

now with a touch of gray

that shined like silver

over this mighty stallion

the lord of his breed


He stamped his hooves

striking sparks from stone

flexed proud shoulders

and muscled flanks

that rippled as he demonstrated

a lightning quick

rearing kick

that once shattered bone


Screaming at the night

steaming nostrils flare

across the scarred muzzle

of a plains warrior

shaking his lowered head

with a fire of challenge

in his eyes

and battle in his blazing glare


The leader of his herd

now grizzled and old

to protect one last time

he makes his final stand

against the surrounding pack

of wolves his longtime foe

who had tried his mares before

and been left dead and cold


But the wolves knew his time was done

to the night they sounded their howling cry

while the stallion pawed

eying the Alpha male

the one he would take with him

on the red floor of the prairie

under a crow clouded moon

would be a good night to die


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Lone Wolf Howl


A shadow stalking the night

with glowing eyes like embers from hell

that stare from the lupine visage

from black mane flecked with silver and gray

around a muzzle of bared fangs

as his paws step silently circling his prey

the leader of the hunt

the packs Alpha male


He warns his clan

holding them back

with raised hackles

snarls and snaps

he has lived by patience

cunning and stealth

he will give the signal

when time to attack


Behind razor sharp teeth

he emits a rumbling growl

with tail held rigid

and his ears laid back

he fearlessly faces

the danger ahead

and to his wolf family

he screams the killing howl


The leader of his pack

now grizzled and old

to provide one last time

he takes his final bite

against the giant equine beast

the steed a longtime foe

who had killed his mate

leaving her dead and cold


But the horse knew this wolf was old

so he reared and screamed his battle cry

while the Alpha male crouched low

to lunge for a sacrificial hold on the stallion

the one he would take with him

on the red prairie floor

under a crow clouded moon

would be a good night to die



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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Nikki. Glad you enjoyed this one

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      Nikki Wicked 4 years ago from Louisiana

      2 great poems in one. The story of the hunter and the hunted, 2 great beasts, animals of high stature and rank. They have lived long lives and will go out as foes, but will finally be at peace under a crow clouded moon, and someone else will take their place, to rule the pack, the herd, and worry about protecting them and gaining their feasts.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I appreciate the thoughts. Thank you Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The visions of both combatants are real and unequalled. The thoughts of both allow the fury to be erupted. Yet, who us the victor? Neither, my soulful friend, neither...

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Eddy, I appreciate you! Thank you for the visit and for the share.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful Wayne ;I really enjoyed this one ad vote up without a doubt. Enjoy your day and here's to many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Kim, I'm glad you enjoyed this one. Thank you for the compliment and the vote!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Vincent, I'm sure there have been some red prairies on your Canadian Prairies. I am glad to see that you stopped by. This one was a little different; something I wanted to try. I had thought of doing it as a short story and paralleling the two as the story progressed. I may still do it, but it's a back burner.

      Sounds like you've been working hard, but I see you are still at the writing. Hope you have a good week and I will be looking forward to reading some more of your fantastic pieces.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wayne,

      Hair standing up. Chills creeping down my spine. While I love horses and think wolves are pretty cool as well, I am quite afraid of wolves and very apprehensive around horses--I think sheer power is overwhelming. And yet, you took that amazing power and created another excellent poem. Another VOTE WAY UP!

      Best,

      Kim

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nellieanna, ( who started my day with her beautiful poetry), thank you very much for the visit and the feedback.

      I really don't think wolves and horses are natural enemy's, but I do know that wolves are predators and will take whatever nature offers them.

      And again, I thank you for your wonderful compliments concerning my artwork.

      I hope you have a wonderful week, and I am looking forward to more Nellieanna poetic artwork! : )

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      You captured this perfectly, two males ready to die, knowing very well there time had come to overcome everything including their pride. Like mighty warriors facing in stance, both gave a glance and hoped for their chance to end this final dance of two males of dominant breed. There is a time to live and a time to day, my friend today was there day on the rugged red floor of the prairie.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Wayne, this literally gave me chills up and down, such a vivid portrayal of the long-term mortal enemies drawing their 'lines' and proceeding to cross each others', - now both older and more weary by such battles, yet all the more charged up for vengeance and for self-protection, each against the other. The physical and emotional response I felt, reading it, proclaims its greatness.

      I hadn't really realized these were natural enemies, but your word pictures, - and more, your gorgeous art, - show without a doubt that they are. Creatures in the wild with which I'm familiar don't include wolves and wild stallions. Fortunately, both those are marvelous creatures to depict both visually and in word, as you've done.

      Of course, Nature in all her glorious moods and modes is a fierce place. Yep. When an artist/writer can capture that intense ferocity so fully, it's not only beautiful, but educational! I feel that I've just witnessed nature-in-the-raw! (And am feeling around for my secure seat here on my couch in my den after that trip! Momma raised no dummy) ;-)

      Even so, I would love to see for myself the "satin sheened mane" and the "stone flexed proud shoulders and muscled flanks that rippled as he demonstrated a lightning quick rearing kick" - (so long as I was much nearer the satiny mane than the kicking flanks!) I'm a little less inclined to be close to the other's "glowing eyes like embers from hell" and "muzzle of bared fangs" and " razor sharp teeth". I love animals but I guess I'm more attuned with the equine than the canine, especially in the wild. A swift kick wouldn't be fun but a tearing bite would be really horrible. Neither really appeals to me or suits my preferences! Oh well. Here on my couch, I feel fairly secure from either. Whew! Best to be vicariously transported!! So thank you for it! :-)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you again, Romeo, and may you have a great weekend as well!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the compliment Sha

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Congratulations Wayne! You must be really made up now that your ' baby ' is walking. When I get some wages I wouldn't mind buying a copy. I started last year, but it's just a hobby really, although the publishers seem to like it, so whilst the iron is still hot, and the pen flows, I guess I'll keep it going.

      Have a great weekend;

      Best wishes,

      R.Q.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Romeos. I have actually just published my first eBook, a short story called, "Midnight in Jackies Garden", so I guess I finally have my foot in the door. We are working on some more for publishing in paperback. And having said all that; how about you? You are quite the poet.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Cleaner...I love that we are in a generation that even among poets, we can say your work was baddd...and know that you just received a great compliment. Thank you my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      And so is the end of a generation of warriors. Awesome poetry, Wayne. You're quite the artist, both with pen and brush!

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi Wayne;

      Great storytelling here; reminds me a little of 'War Over You', and ' Gaunt ', I wrote a little while back.Hemmingway would be proud!

      You really should consider approaching an established, reputable publishing house with some of your work.

      Clickety click, and sharing!

      Best wishes,

      R.Q.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi Faith, it's good to see you and thanks so much for the nice words.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi James. Thank you very much.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Wayne .. this is a baddd poem ..my man .. one of a kind .. awesome is what I pushed up top .. Wow ..love it.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I love your stallion poems, coupled with your stunning art is beyond words! Really intense and dramatic piece here, especially with the added Lone Wolf Howl!!!

      Exceptional writing here dearest Wayne.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Bless you

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Gem

      What a beautiful magical piece you have penned.