Colin F. Jones

~ One Spur And The Arrow ~
Part 7 ~ THE TAMING

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Thus in the station yard
Still wild and proudly brave
The stallion called the Arrow
Stands with silent crave

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For his valley in the mountains
Where his herds are running free
Were the silvery river ripples
Beneath the alpine tree

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Where the grasses green and swaying
Make sweet the thriving land
As in the sky the sun shines down
Upon the wild horse bands

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Five barred of scrublands strongest gum
Stood strong the homestead yard
And all the day and all the night
A stockman was there to guard

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Deacon rode to the station
With a smile upon his lips
For this was the day of all days
With the Arrow in the slips

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“Today I ride the Arrow”
Said One Spur to his friend
“Today I ride the Arrow
On this you can depend.”

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From all the distant lands around
All day the riders came
To see if famous One Spur
Could this great stallion tame

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The Arrow stood quietly in the yard
But sensed what was to come
As all around the stockmen gathered
Beneath the lazy sun

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Then at noon One Spur appeared
And stepped into the yard
He roped the Arrow as they cheered
And tied him down hard

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Upon his back he swung a saddle
As the wild horse sparred around
But finally the girth was strapped
And the crowd made not a sound

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Slowly One Spur climbed the chute
Then lowered himself down
He wore no hat upon his head
but upon his face a frown

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He spoke the word, that final word
That meant his life today
The creek of wood, the gate swung wide
And the Arrow leapt away

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His hooves were high, neck was arched
His nostrils blew and screamed
In the yard he twisted wide
Like a cyclone it would seem

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But One Spur held to leather
And yelled the stockman’s cry
As from the ground the Arrow leapt
And flickered in the sky

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The gate was opened in the rail,
To let the wild horse through
And with a lurch towards the trail
The Arrow through it flew

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They galloped off into the wind
Across the meadow plains
And One Spur knew that he had won
As he fought the bridle reins

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From the homestead stockmen watched
The cloud of dust grow dim
Then all across the wild range
The air began to thin

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Out of the sun a rider came
Astride a fine black horse
Towards the station yard ‘twas plain
Following the rivers course

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The horse had warmed to this fine man
Warmed to his gentle hand
‘Twas here that friendship first began
A friendship fine and grand