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Francene Hopkins


Comanche, OK, US

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Black Cloud Overhead


Francene Hopkins

The Black Cloud overhead
filled with lightning bolts of trouble
is a swirling tornado
that has chosen him to follow. Lightning strikes the path he chooses
and burns every bridge he crosses.
The tornado wind left traces
of anger upon his face.

Now. . . trouble touches all around him
damaging structures that once stood firmly,
slamming doors that once were open,
and twisting friendships forsaken.

He's facing yet another river
and wonders now how he'll cross over.
The bridge he burned still smolders,
and he wonders who will rebuild it.

He sees the Black Cloud overhead
with its lightning bolts of trouble
hurling its tornado wind toward him.
He asks why it has chosen him to follow.

The Black Cloud looks down on him
with a menacing, mocking grin
swirling trouble all around him
and says, "That's for you to figure out!"



Francene Hopkins

When he was home, hed watch me play
But I knew when he went away
Hed come home with a pocket of money
And we could write some check

He thought it funny when he came home
To hear the same request:
"Daddy, buy me a horse!"

A sight to see, my dad and me
My cowboy boots and kerchief, too
His Khaki blue and steel-toed shoes
Wed go hand in hand
Id ride away on my pretend horse

My pretend horse was a just stick
Id gallop along and shoot my guns
And Daddy would call to me
"Ride em Cowgirl! Shoot em up!"

I begged and pleaded for that horse
And to this day, I can hear him say,
"Now, what would you do with a horse?"

"Id ride and play, and Id scare away
the bad guys in this yard!"

Hed laugh at me, but it was plain to see
I wasnt getting a horse

In my dreams Id stand real tall
On my bareback horse
Hed run so fast,
No one could catch
The leader of this gang
And when Id awake, Id run to see
If Daddy got that horse for me