The Highwayman’s horse

As he lay in his blood on the highway, with a bunch of lace at his throat
I clattered into the darkness, draped on my back was his cloak
He was a just and fair master, he loved me like one of his men
No man was more dashing than he
No lover was more loyal than he
Dearly he had loved pretty Bess, though at his feet swooned a gaggle of comely women.

Poor Bess could not overcome her grief, swung from a rope did she
I roam rudderless and forlorn, though amongst my brethren I be
‘Tis peaceful and quiet here in the meadows
But there ne’er will be a man like the highwayman
A daring and swashbuckling highwayman
Thinking of his daredevil ways, my poor heart often overflows.

Anyone who has read The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, would know that my first line is borrowed from the poem. I know nothing about horses. The little I know, is from this poem, which is my favourite and from the novels of Dick Francis, I read as a young girl. I have written about it here.

Written for Sadje’s wdys.


46 thoughts on “The Highwayman’s horse

  1. This is such a beautifully written poem Punam. Reading this I was taken back centuries to olden times and the romance of a highway man and his beloved. Thanks a lot for joining in. I also loved the poem you’ve mentioned.

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    1. Dora, thank you so much! Thanks a lot for sharing the song. No, I had not heard it and really enjoyed listening to it. We were taught by an Irish nun and she was so good…made us all fall in love with this poem.

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  2. The Highwayman is a poem that remains fresh in memory even after so many years. The youthful mind had been taken by storm then. Thank you for rekindling those memories again, Punam. This poem of yours deserves, in my opinion, a standing ovation. πŸ™‚

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    1. Goutam, thank you so much! I think all of us who studied in ICSE schools remember this poem very well. The lines I memorized then, I can still recite!πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your kind words, I feel humbled. πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸΌ

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  3. Hard way to end a romance… Horses of whatever size are amazng beasts!
    I just finished reading a re-write of an old fairy tale… Little Red Riding hood. The end left me wanting… But at least it was a semi happy ending.


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