Four Hundred Thousand Horses

by Jordan   Nov 28, 2011

Four hundred thousand
horses gallop by;
tempered steel steeds
stamping pavement,
trampling as old jesters
stammer. They jest -
just making jokes
about cemeteries
as they pass, laughing
and holding their chests
making light
of life and death.


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  • 6 years ago

    by Scrittore

    Such a simple yet profound poem. I loved the imagery used of the powerful horses, too pompous in all their glory to understand life and death. Isn't that all too much the case?
    Thanks for this poem.

  • 6 years ago

    by Hellon

    My thoughts on this..well I would think something pompous to bring so many horses out...four hundred thousand of them...maybe you meant four hundred thousand hooves? Regardless...

    Maybe it was the Remembrance Day Celebrations? I think, when you make the suggestions about old jesters making jokes about cemeteries as they pass...could be them being
    thankful that they are still alive...nothing to do with the horses...Your poetry always makes me thing beyond the norm and...I like it for that very fact.

  • 6 years ago

    by sibyllene

    Good wording, as usual. The assonance of the first half really mimic the "galloping" of the horses.

    I always find the pairing of death and lightheartedness very interesting.

  • 6 years ago

    by Decayed

    This reflects pride and glory. I like that much, especially that you can feel it's alive, with all the movement. Great one.

  • 6 years ago

    by Britt

    This reminds me of that movie "The Patriot". Instantly thought of the British in this specific scene where they walked past a shallow grave, chests puffed in 'honor'.

    This had a satirical feel to it. I love the play on words. The steel steeds, stamping and trampling etc. Very poetic! :)