Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The New Verse News, peace horses and Uncle Delmar

My uncle Delmar, a rancher in the Sand Hills of Nebraska (the Sand Hills, one of many hidden gems of the Great Plains), gratefully moved into an era when innovative ranch/farm machinery replaced what horses had been ably doing for generations (although there still lingers, at least for me, a less romantic western image as cowboys ‘ride the range’ on 4-wheeler's rather than on horseback)  Yet, Delmar always had horses, stating ‘just having horses helps keep peace on the homestead’.  This, the uncle born on the family homestead and lived there all his life - during our visits, we would go to nearby Ainsworth, and Delmar would walk on grass rather than sidewalks, stating ‘man wasn’t made to walk on cement.’ 

‘Horses help keep peace on the homestead.’  The New Verse News has been a hard-working on-line peace horse for years.  Imagine all our concepts of ‘war horse’ re-imagined/re-created into peace horses - rather hard to even get one’s mind around it, but - The New Verse News shows us how through our very own poetry, ably coupled with images and quotes from related worthy sources

- from their submission guidelines -

 ‘The New Verse News presents politically progressive poetry on current events and topical issues. Submission Guidelines: Send previously unpublished poems in the body of an email to OR to Use "Verse News Submission" as the subject line. Send a brief bio. No payment. Authors retain all rights after 1st-time appearance here.’
Although the editors and audience of The New Verse News have a politically progressive bias, we welcome well-written verses of various visions and viewpoints. In any event, opinions expressed in The New Verse News are those of the poems' writers (or, perhaps, only of the poems' speakers) and not necessarily those of the editors, the audience, or other contributors to the site. 

  Check them out, perhaps give consideration to poems of your own that may nourish a hard-working peace horse --

- examples - three of our poems The New Verse News has published  (but, check their web-site out ‘for reals’) -

Tibet Is a Country
young monk’s red
and saffron robes
dissolving into flame 
the intersection of
faith, courage and despair                                      Judith Partin-Nielsen

among the homeless
   so many
      service medals

the doorbell
her youngest’s
first tour of duty                                                            ayaz daryl nielsen

and -

see you in a moment -

ayaz daryl nielsen

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