Monday, January 28, 2013

Wild Lightning, Spooks And Me--By Robert L. Hinshaw--United States

Wild Lightning, Spooks And Me

I'm as free as the wind as I sway in the saddle!
I love life! There's no clutter, nothing to addle!
I give my faithful cayuse Wild Lightning free rein,
As we meander across God's majestic terrain!

My pal Spooks trots ahead surveying sagebrush and crags.
I sense that he enjoys life as well by the tail he wags!
I crave no roof, the wide-open range is my home;
Terrestrial boundaries don't confine me - freely I roam!

Well-worn saddlebags contain my earthly possessions.
I don't aspire riches nor am I burdened by obsessions!
My soul overflows with wealth as I view His Creation!
Ah! The grandeur of it all! 'Tis ample compensation!

I pause on a knoll viewing the vast panorama and ponder,
The river, a lake, those snow-crowned mountains o'er yonder.
In the valley a herd of pronghorn antelope gambol and play;
At dusk The Master Artist paints a brilliant sunset display!

Campfire embers slowly die - Wild Lightning grazes nearby.
Spooks lies at my feet - snug in my blanket I ponder the sky.
I anticipate being 'wakened by a glorious sunrise next morn,
When Wild Lightning, Spooks and I continue our vagabond bourne!

Robert L. Hinshaw served 30 years in the Air Force retiring
in 1978 in the grade of Chief Master Sergeant. He began
writing poetry in 2002 at age 72 and has composed over
1100 poems.


  1. Hi Robert:
    I do love this free flowing story and the names of your horse and dog. It took me into a space I have really missed, as I also loved riding in my younger days.
    Just wondering if that last word is really meant to be journey?
    Hope to read more of your poetry soon.

  2. Enjoyed your poem. Penning 1100 poems is no mean feat!

  3. Dear Robert,

    Thank you for sharing your poem with readers, giving them a chance to enjoy your words. I appreciate your comments--Suzanne and Ndaba. Blessings to all of you for your interest in Whispers!


  4. Hi Bob -

    Glad you are here too. Got that Old West flavor.


  5. Very nice story poem, enjoyed reading it. Makes you want to travel a bit, and enjoy the simpler things.

  6. Nice to read your work again Robert.You can hear me read one of my latest style on youtube here Best wishes with your writing Rgds Brian