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The Flight of the Horse ~ a Poem of Mythical Proportions

Updated on April 20, 2021
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.

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Standard Definition: FABLE

Fable is a literary genre: a fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature that are anthropomorphized (given human qualities, and that illustrates or leads to a particular moral lesson (a "moral").

A fable differs from a parable in that the latter excludes animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as characters that assume speech or other human abilities.

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The Flight of the Horse


Amidst the clouds it galloped,

It's wings reflect the sun.

Racing through the stratosphere,

Cantering in fun.


It's hooves created lightning,

And thunder boomed below,

As the horse flew through the stormy sky,

Dashing to and fro.


Diving, swooping, plunging,

Playing chicken with the birds,

And rising to the Heavens

To inspire poetic words.


Then, Pegasus descended

With a swift and whooshing sound,

Wings folded flat along his back,

Hurtling to the ground.


Wherever Pegasus struck his hoof

An inspiration fountain burst,

Like Hippocrene the sacred spring

Where muses quenched their thirst.


Now back on Mount Olympus

Where he served his master, Zeus,

And to the caretaker of his youth

Urania the Muse.

Pegasus (the Horse of Muses) on roof of Poznań Opera House
Pegasus (the Horse of Muses) on roof of Poznań Opera House | Source

Pegasus the Myth

Pegasus ( Πηγασος) was a flying horse in Greek mythology, (usually depicted as white coloured.) Sired by Poseidon and his mother was the Gorgon Medusa, he was born along with his brother Chrysaor when Medusa was decapitated by Perseus.

Pegasus was tamed by Bellerophon, a Corinthian hero, who rode him into battle against the fire-breathing Chimera. Later, while the hero was attempting to fly to heaven, the gods caused the horse to buck, throwing him back down to earth. Pegasus continued on its way to heaven where he took a place in the service of Zeus.

The horse was also placed amongst the stars as a constellation, whose rising marked the arrival of spring and seasonal rainstorms.

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Pegasus stained glass window
Pegasus stained glass window | Source

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