Teri Murray on Thomond Bridge

The Cowboy Of The Western World
 
He rides the range at Thomond Bridge
tracking trampled hooves
smeared by heavy plod of wellies
ragged tyre threads
 
Branded on rim of Stenson’s brim
random ropes of yahoos and sneers
bounce off a tarnished silver star
a pitchfork’s rusted spears
 
Lassoed on saddle bags
a magpie’s hoard of littered dreams
huddled in an empty churn
where secrets cannot be seen
 
Reflected in the river
beckoning west
towards Clare.
 
– Teri Murray
 
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