An American West matador,
he battles over 2000 lbs.
of bone-wrenching bucking fury.
The bull-rider mounts
the mountain of fury but,
the rodeo clown faces him
mano a mano in a ring
of sawdust and dirt.
Bucky age forty-six
was ancient for a rodeo clown.
But Bucky had never lost
a round with Taurus
and other than a couple busted ribs
and a piece of missing ear,
Bucky had faced twenty-six years
of muscled vengeance
Midnight busted out of the shoot
bucking and twisting midair
like he'd been possessed
by a legion of demons.
The cowboy held on for six
before losing his rhythm.
After face planting the muscled neck
of Midnight, his head jerked back
like it was attached to a whipcord.
The bull-rider slumped,
knocked dead cold and hit the ground,
his fist still cinched in place.
And the demon bull kept bucking
trying to dislodge the dead weight
of the bull-rider he was dragging.
Bucky pulled a blade, clamored
onto the side of Midnight
and cut the cowboy's hand free.
Over 2000 lbs. of Midnight fury
swiveled, turning 180 degrees,
head lowered, ready to finish
what the bull-rider had begun.
The other cowboys carefully
the unconscious bull-rider from the ring.
And Bucky lay in the sawdust and dirt,
dead with a smile painted on his face.
G. Snethen is the owner and publisher of Darkling Publications. He serves as
vice-president of the South Dakota State Poetry Society. In May 2017, 10 pages
of his poetry was anthologized in Resurrection
of a Sunflower, a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, curated by Catfish McDaris.
Snethen's poetry has been published by Bear
Creek Haiku; Cover of Darkness; Danse
Macabre; Dark Gothic Resurrected;
Haiku Journal; The Horror Zine; Miller's
Pond; Pasque Petals: Thirteen Myna
Birds, and several other
publishers of poetry. Snethen also coaches oral interpretation of literature
and Poetry Out Loud. He has qualified two high school students for the National
Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington DC and has had the SD State Poetry
Out Loud runner-up on two separate occasions. His favorite poet is William
Blake and his favorite poem is “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel