Ride and Tie
Ride and tie, ride and tie
the old country way of sharing a horse
between two riders
which my father and I tried one afternoon
in summer. From the point of origin
the first one rides apiece, the
second walks behind
outdistanced quickly but knowing
that at a likely tree ahead the
first will leave the horse tied
and walk on while the second rides;
at some point further along
the first is overtaken and remounts
to ride again while the second trails
him to the awaited tree
where the horse will be tied.
In this way all three are rested
and cover easily the miles
to their destination.
Yes, ride and tie, ride and tie.
In this way generations span
the great gap of their lives.
I see my father still as striding ahead
while I ride and
when I overtake him we will have our
under the deep hills by the pine
before he rides on again beyond me.