Blogidays 2016

25 Days of Gifts – Day 6 – The Poem

For Blogidays 2016 I will be posting the 25 Days of Gifts. These can be gifts of all shapes and sizes, all materials and non-materials, or gifts that are both given or received. (And they don’t necessarily have to be gifts from Christmas time.) 

Day  – 6 – The Poem

Back before I got heavily into drinking I used to be a poet, or at least I used to write poetry. I had at least one notebook full and was working on another when one day I just stopped. I’m not sure where those notebooks are now, but luckily a few of my poems got saved online. I want to talk about the one below.

I wrote this one while I was in college. My brother started riding bulls when he was about sixteen years old. This is actually a bit older for boys to first get into riding, considering how good he became at it.

About five years ago I took this poem and had it put on a plaque for a gift to give to my brother at Christmas that year. It arrived on December 23rd, as I was putting the finishing touches on the rest of my gifts that year. I showed it to my mom and to his wife at the time. He wife wasn’t very happy with me but in a good way. She was (fake) upset because she thought he wouldn’t like any of his others gifts after he received this one. Little did we know, she was going to be right.

He actually shed a few tears after he opened it, and I’ve been told that every time he moves into a new place, this is the first thing to be hung up onto the wall.

I’ve often thought about writing poetry like this again. I prefer the Shakespearean Sonnet for some reason, Iambic Pentameter. What do you think? This is by far one of the best things I’ve ever written, but it still needs work.

 Eight Seconds Tonight

One day in one week, eight seconds tonight
I’ve got to get my mind in the middle
I want the bull to buck with all its might
Blow, Buck, or Spin? Makes the perfect riddle
It’s almost my turn, got to get ready
Boots, Hat, Spurs, Chaps, Rope, Glove, got it all here
“Wow did you see that one?” Keep your head steady
That guy didn’t last very long. No Fear, No Fear
Three more to go, got to get that buckle
Can’t pay attention to those other rides
Here we go, pull the rope to the knuckle
Slide up, ready to go, the bull confides
The crowd is standing ready to make noise
Tonight is mine, “OK boys, Let’s go, Boys!”

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You ever give an emotional gift? Have you ever given the “perfect” gift?

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