|Three Young Friends Went Riding (standard:poetry, 967 words)|
|Author: Andrew Dayton||Added: Oct 19 2004||Views/Reads: 1954/1219||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Three boys on their way to being men have a fortuitous encounter with strangers. Verse form.|
Three young friends went riding To see what they could see To spend three days a-drifting And one of the friends was me We galloped through the valleys And camped among the trees We rode along the mountains And batted in the breeze. We came one night at twilight When hunger had us in To a campfire warm and cheerful A campfire and two men. They hailed us well and welcome As we climbed down stiff and sore They began to make some coffee (Which we gave them from our stores.) I said, "my name is Rico. My mates are Cliff and Clem We're glad to share your campfire." I said to the two of them. Then they hauled themselves afoot And each stuck out a hand And said "I'm pleased to meet you, Rico, Cliff and Clem." They settled down while we eased our mounts and didn't give their names But watched us in amusement While the moon and starlight came We sat around the campfire And told our stories true Of boasts and hopes and longing And all we thought we knew. Oh, we were a fiddle-footed lot of boys yearning to be men And we talked of things important As we saw them just then. Then the first man hitched himself around And introduced us to his name The other dumped his coffee, And then he did the same. And he said," our names are strange Though we're strangers not to you, And we're surely glad you found us As it's time we met you too." The first man said," I'm Loyal, That's short for Loyalty. There's not a man met in kinship, That hasn't met with me." The other one jumped in talking, With hardly a moment's pause And said," Just call me Trust." Click here to read the rest of this story (161 more lines)
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