Birth of a Poem- Crazy Horses




This poem grew out of wave watching.  A couple of weeks ago I went to the beach to watch the waves. We had a sneaker wave alert going.  I sat up close to the seagrass to watch the waves.  They are amazing and I was trying to figure out how to describe them in a new way.  Let’s face it the ocean has been written about in many powerful ways.


I kept coming back to the ancient Greek idea of horses belonging to Poseidon.  Waves really do remind me of horses galloping across the sand. I started writing down all the thoughts and descriptive word about what I was watching.  I saw a sneaker wave surprise a woman on the beach.  They really are sneaky.


So I kept pondering how to write about the wave action?  I was also wondering what causes sneaker waves?  And really, what is a rip current and why do they happen? So I went off on my rabbit trails to find out.


At the same time, I came across an article on the Osmond brothers and their song “Crazy Horses”.  The bubblegum group also recorded a hard rock/heavy metal song.  Did you know that?  I didn’t.  So, of course, I had to research it.  


The next time I’m at the beach looking at the waves, the song starts banging in my head.  The waves are “crazy horses”.  Ok, I have a bubblegum band song and ancient Greek horses galloping across the sand. It makes sense to me though.  How do I combine and write about it?


Then another song washes through my brain,  “Riders on the Storm” by the Doors.  I am intrigued.  Can I combine that with “Crazy Horses”?


Off on another rabbit trail.  Did you know the Doors were jamming on ”Ghostriders In The Sky” when they came up with “Riders In the Storm”?  Of course, I had to go research and listen to that song.


Now I had Greek horses, Crazy Horses, Riders on the Storm, and Ghostriders in the Sky swirling around in my brain.  What to do?


The next day a woman was swept out to sea in Gold Beach by a sneaker wave and they found her body the next day.


The poem came together.


I love writing.

We will see if anyone publishes it.






Published by: Basicallybarb

Barbara A Meier is a poet, teacher, and mother, trying to write her way out of Kansas, anxiety and depression. Instead of indulging in feeling like garbage, trash, or rubbish, she chooses to examine the debris of her life by writing poems about it. After all as a forgiven, child of God, simultaneously saint and sinner, she is loved and cherished by her God.

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