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The Flight of the Horse (a poem of mythical proportions)

Updated on June 2, 2016
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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The Flight of the Horse

by John Hansen © 2016


Amidst the clouds it galloped,

It's wings reflect the sun.

Racing through the stratosphere,

Cantering in fun.

φ ε φ ε φ ε φ ε φ ε

It's hooves created lightning,

And thunder boomed below,

As the horse flew through the stormy sky,

Dashing to and fro.

φ ε φ ε φ ε φ ε φ ε

Diving, swooping, plunging,

Playing chicken with the birds,

And rising to the Heavens

To inspire poetic words.

φ ε φ ε φ ε φ ε φ ε

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

Then, Pegasus descended

With a swift and whooshing sound,

Wings folded flat along his back,

Hurtling to the ground.

φ ε φ ε φ ε φ ε φ ε

Wherever Pegasus struck his hoof

An inspiration fountain burst,

Like Hippocrene the sacred spring

Where muses quenched their thirst.

φ ε φ ε φ ε φ ε φ ε

Now back on Mount Olympus

Where he served his master, Zeus,

And to the caretaker of his youth

Urania the Muse.

Pegusus ridden by Bellerophon
Pegusus ridden by Bellerophon | 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.

Pegasus stained glass window
Pegasus stained glass window | Source

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Ann. Cheers.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Love the poem and thanks for the information to go with it. Great job, John!

      Ann

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad to bring you some awareness of the story behind the subject of your tattoos, Shauna. Thanks for reading.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      I've always like the image of Pegasus, but never knew the story. Thank you for that, John. Now I know why I have two tattoos on my body featuring Pegasus.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That's great that Pegasus was your emblem in the Army Airborne Brigade, Lawrence. Glad you enjoyed this hub.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      John

      Pegasus is one of my favorite creatures from mythology. He's also them emblem the Airborne Brigade used to wear when I was in the Army.

      Loved this poem and learning the story behind him

      Lawrence

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Siddharth. Much appreciated.

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      Siddharth Kapoor 

      2 years ago

      Interesting, John. Rhyming like a racing whistle here. I see that!!

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That's great, Deb. If you get any photos of him let me know. :)

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Pegasus happens to be a hero of mine. Loved it.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Dianna, yes Pegasus has always intrigued me too, and I learnt some new things as I was writing this.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

      Pegasus has always drawn my interest. You have brought out interesting angles for readers to ponder.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello, Devika. Thanks for your comment. I think a writer's best friend is his/her imagination.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have a great mind in writing. Your mind works wonders with such imaginations.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks as always Missy. I certainly took Mel's comment as a compliment, I would be offended if anyone said my poetry was "complicated." I wasn't aware of Pegasus's origins either..until I researched this. Glad this gave you a new desire to investigate mythology deeper. I also agree about the original "Clash of the Titans" with Harry Hamlin. It was one of my favourites too.

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      Missy Smith 

      2 years ago from Florida

      I think the simplicity refers to a flow of your words in order for your readers to understand it completely. That is a compliment for sure. I take it as that too when people call my poetry simple. If it's uncomplicated, then it does precisely what I want and expect it to. Your words do exactly what I love a story or poem to do. They grabbed the reader and flew away with them along with Pegasus in your brilliant poem, John.

      What can I say, I really, really, liked this one. I love mythology. Mythology, for me, is hard to get a grasp on, but your poem made it beautiful and wonderful. I love the horse Pegasus, and I did not know the story behind Pegasus. I definitely did not know that he was born from Medusa; Medusa is my absolute favorite mythical tale. However, I only knew the story of how she became the gorgon and the beheading by Perseus.

      Wow! This really made me want to dig deeper into mythology. I have always been interested since I watched the "Clash of the Titans" the one that starred Harry Hamlin as Perseus. It's one of my all-time favorite movies.

      Altogether Excellent Hub! :)

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      Of course I meant it as a compliment. I truly enjoy your stuff.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Mel, that is a strange mating and offspring for sure. I think Pegasus has appeared in many people's dreams and fantasies. Saying my poetry has a 'simplicity' about it is a compliment. For me, I want others to easily understand what I write..I don't want to hide it behind ambiguous meanings.

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      Funny how a winged horse could be sired by a man-like God and a chick with a snake infestation problem in her hair. That's mythology for you, or is it? Haven't we all seen horses in our dreams, maybe even flying horses? Could Pegasus have emerged somewhere from our shared consciousness, and on some level is real?

      There is a delightful simplicity to your poetry. I wish I had the patience to write verse. Great work!

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Bill, that kind comment is very much appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spreading your wings and flying, just like Pegasus, you are....well done, John. You are a talented man and a good friend.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for loving this, Frank. Anytime!

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a great comment, Theresa. I enjoyed writing this and glad you enjoyed the read. Blessings.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Venkat. Glad you found this interesting. Thanks for reading.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks, Phyllis. I know you like mythology. Glad you enjoyed this.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      Jodah, wow this was so entertaining.. man I loved it

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      What a fantastic mythical poem, John! Your words create quite a wonderful visual in one's mind. Plus, your added information is truly interesting and I learned a lot.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice poem and very interesting facts of Pegasus. Thanks for sharing them.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I like reading the mythical stories of Pegasus and you covered this very well, Jodah. I love your poem. Very interesting and informative article.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Pegasus has always been a popular figure in mythology. Thank you Larry.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Pegasus has always been a popular figure in mythology. Thank you Larry.

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Nothing quite capture the imagination like a Pegasus. Beautifully and imaginatively written.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Mike, that's exactly what it was, a bit of a flight of fancy. Glad you consider it educational too. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Manatita, I appreciate your comment. That means a lot coming from you.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Kaili. I saw some pics of those horned Pegasus statues "alicorns" but wasn't sure if they were elated either. Thanks for reading this.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks, Dana, always great to receive your comment on my work. Glad you liked the descriptions.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, your kind comments on my poetry is always appreciated (so are critical ones for that matter but you never give them :)

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      mckbirdbks 

      2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      A perfect flight of fantasy. Educational, inspirational and imaginative.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Excellent rhyming poem, Jodah. Great!

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      Kaili Bisson 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Loved the poem and the background on the myth. I snapped a photo of a statue of a horned Pegasus in Turkey...I think these were called "alicorn", but not sure if they are related in mythology?

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I love the descriptive words you used. Very creative.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Really a great read. Your poetry is wonderful.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      My pleasure, Gener. Thank you for reading and for the generous comment.

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      Gener Benter 

      2 years ago from Mapayapa Village, Pulanlupa, Las Pinas City, Philippines

      Nice poem and a magnificent literary style. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey, Flourish. Thanks for the kind comment. Have a great day.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad you liked this, Ruby. Good on you winning on a horse named Poseidon. Now you have to watch out for one named Pegasus.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Buildreps. I appreciate it.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      This was a nice combination of information and creativity.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love this. I'm reminded of going to the races and betting on the horse Poseidon and won a few dollars. Your rhyming is very good. Thank you for sharing.

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      Buildreps 

      2 years ago from Europe

      Nice poem and great explanation about Pegasus, John

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