May The Verse Be With You: Horseplay

There’s certainly horseplay in the film Into The West (1992). Earlier this week we published a feature: Forgotten Gem: Into The West. Perhaps the real star of the film...
Horseplay

There’s certainly horseplay in the film Into The West (1992). Earlier this week we published a feature: Forgotten Gem: Into The West. Perhaps the real star of the film is the white horse, Tir Na nOg. As well as dramatic moments, and emotional scenes, there are also some hilarious ones. Consequently. We’ve tried to capture one specific one in this week’s poem, featuring popcorn guzzling antics!

 

Horseplay

 

The White horse knew the boy grieved much

and searched his small soul, mournfully;

Oisin so greatly craved the touch

of she who died, so he could be . . .

 

Through giving birth, his mother died

and never knew her youngest lad

The hole in his heart grew so wide

just like the one inside his dad

 

Then Tir na nOg turned up one day,

seeming to come out of the sea

To fix those holes, in his own way,

but soon made horseplay wantonly

 

There was something about the beast,

so wild, boisterous and free;

we saw it when it had a feast,

and chomped on popcorn, greedily!

 

The sea called back the untamed soul,

the boy and horse gone, in a blink . . .

He did not die, and the great hole

in Dad, and lad, begun to shrink

All words by Benjamin Francis Cassidy

Illustration by L. A. Cassidy

 

There are some film that really do have a unique feel. Into The West is certainly one. It seems only right to make a poem out of Tir Na nOg. Irish mythology is a rich source of inspiration for many poets, including William Butler Yeats, perhaps Ireland’s most famous poet. We doubt he’d mind us having a little bit of horseplay! Take care dear readers, and see you all next week for more Friday fun!

 

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