Laurie Kolp threw down a semi-musical challenge on Imaginary Garden with Real Toads http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/. She wanted an eight-line (octave) poem, written in one minute, using the musical word prompt of “allegro” (briskly).
I cannot tell a lie. I only got a rough draft within the minute time limit. It probably took another two or three to edit it. Believe me; it took much longer to find a photo to fit the poem.
TAKE YOUR MOUNTS
By Mike Patrick
Across the arena they ride,
allegro tempos from their horses’ hooves,
hushed within the softened ground.
The flags they carry show their pride
in their country and their skill.
Their western hats and clothing
add to the timeless pageantry.
It’s time for rodeo.