Apologies to Mr. Ed

This human being is . . .
stabilized.
Once frisky, galloping,
romping o’er fields afar.
Ran the mighty race too,
round the curve,
thrilled by the chase.
Set out to pasture in 2012 –
slowed down, but still free to roam.
2020 came and all hell broke loose.
Who knew I’d be corralled?
Merry-go-round bound.
Same path up and down,
days blurred, round and round,
going nowhere fast.
Even old nags need to be free.
Grease this damn pole!
Shoot me up and uncarousel me!
Little did I know
out to pasture or not,
the grass was always greener
wherever my hooves did trot.

For those of you not familiar with the title, it refers to the tv show Mr. Ed. It aired from 1961 to 1966. As inane as it sounds, Mr. Ed was a talking horse. I never could understand how the show ran for five years!

Kim is hosting Tuesday Poetics at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. She asks us to begin a poem with the line “This human being is…”
Have no idea why this concept popped into my head….other than the fact that for this past Covid year, we have mainly been corralled into our homes. Probably the most useless item we bought for the year 2020 was a Day Planner! And yes, I did rejuvenate (never say retire) in 2012. Photo from Pixabay.com
So I guess you could say, Mr. Ed had nothing on me….considering my life as a horse!

18 thoughts on “Apologies to Mr. Ed

  1. calmkate March 16, 2021 / 4:50 pm

    of course, of course Mr Ed the talking horse!

    Love this Lillian, you captured life’s trajectory as a horse and tethered to the carousal is not how any one wishes to spend their rejuvenation

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  2. msjadeli March 16, 2021 / 5:25 pm

    I enjoyed this and appreciate the frustration. Hoping the Twilight Zone we’ve been in on our carousels comes to an end soon.

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  3. Beverly Crawford March 16, 2021 / 5:31 pm

    Hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel, and our LONG bout of being sequestered is endong.

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  4. rogblog666 March 16, 2021 / 5:58 pm

    i hope we can gget of the covid carousel soon. i am with you runnind free when we do. untill i have to get back to the work carousel.

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  5. Carol J Forrester March 16, 2021 / 6:06 pm

    I think being stuck on a merry-go-round is perhaps the best metaphor for 2020 that I’ve heard. No end in sight, and just a level of absurdity that can’t quite be understood.

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  6. sanaarizvi March 16, 2021 / 6:28 pm

    This is incredibly poignant! The covid carousel has been stretching on for too long .. may we have the strength, the patience to endure and move on when it’s finally over! 💝💝

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  7. rothpoetry March 16, 2021 / 10:31 pm

    A merry go round is a wonderful metaphor for this life we are living. Being human is like riding through the fun house. You never know what is going to pop up at your next!

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  8. Stine Writing March 16, 2021 / 10:38 pm

    I love the line – Uncarousel me! It is so true that life just keeps going around and around no matter where we are in life.

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  9. Ingrid March 17, 2021 / 3:23 am

    Oh, this was fun to read Lillian, and I’m sure you had fun writing it! I can understand the feeling of frustration being constantly stuck on the carousel. Hopefully we will be set free soon!

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  10. kim881 March 17, 2021 / 5:29 am

    I remember Mr. Ed, Lill, we had it over here too! I love the way you took the prompt line and made it your own merry-go-round. I also remember the frisky galloping and some racing. Stabilised is a comforting way to describe life in the slower lane! I’m not so sure about being corralled though – it’s been a long year.

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  11. ben Alexander March 17, 2021 / 5:57 am

    Lillian, I deeply loved this, and I think Mr. Ed would have too!

    Who knew I’d be corralled?
    Merry-go-round bound.
    Same path up and down,
    days blurred, round and round,
    going nowhere fast.

    This made me smile broadly. Fantastic!

    Yours,
    David

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  12. sarahsouthwest March 17, 2021 / 12:31 pm

    Grease this damn pole!
    Shoot me up and uncarousel me!

    and the painted horses go up and down – is that Joni?

    Great metaphors, Lill!

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  13. Tricia Sankey March 17, 2021 / 2:05 pm

    I watched a few Mr. Ed reruns in my time! And our Covid days does feel like a rerun, our horses just running in circles. Being human can sometimes mean stuck, but hopefully we all get to break free soon enough! ❤🙏❤

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  14. Sherry Marr March 17, 2021 / 5:15 pm

    I resonate with this so much. We lived those years when personal liberation and wide open spaces were the pathways we sought……covid has sequestered us – who ever thought we would live such times as these? Loved your poem.

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  15. robtkistner March 18, 2021 / 11:32 am

    What a brilliant expression Lillian , of being of our older selves in this damned pandemic. I zgree! I am fully vaccinated and intend to trot a bit — but with one eye trained on the surroundings. Loved this my friend!.

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