Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Horses and Men in the Rain by Carl Sandburg

Horses and men in the rain by Carl Sandburg
"Let us sit by a hissing steam radiator a winter’s day, gray wind pattering frozen
 raindrops on the window,   
And let us talk about milk wagon drivers and grocery delivery boys.   

Let us keep our feet in wool slippers and mix hot punches—and talk about mail carriers 
and messenger boys slipping along the icy sidewalks.   
Let us write of olden, golden days and hunters of the Holy Grail and men called
 “knights” riding horses in the rain, in the cold frozen rain for ladies they loved.   

A roustabout hunched on a coal wagon goes by, icicles drip on his hat rim, sheets of ice
 wrapping the hunks of coal, the caravanserai a gray blur in slant of rain.           
Let us nudge the steam radiator with our wool slippers and write poems of Lancelot, 
the hero, and Roland, the hero, and all the olden golden men who rode horses in the rain."

Want to step back in time? Check out Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament at Baltimore Castle in Hanover, Maryland. The ladies and lords are quiet nice to peasants.

Jousting in Maryland? We have it all. Besides, in 1962, Maryland designated jousting as the official sport. Bet you didn't know that!


If ye luv ye olden days, ye may want to confer with ye time wizard and make way to Revel Grove in Crownsville, MD, near Annapolis for the annual Renaissance Festival. Dates are August 25, 26; September 1,2,3,8,9,15,16,22,23,29, 30 and October 6,7,13,14,20,21. Gates open at 10:00 a.m.

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