Clip-Clop Ride


In my father-in-law’s things, after he died, we found some sketches he had done some years earlier. This Amish buggy was perfectly drawn down to the minute details. Our d’verse prompt today from Bjorn, is to use onomatopoeia  to create a poem. These are words that sound like they are spoken. I decided to use Dad’s Amish buggy to make my poem. The onomatopoeia words are in italics.

Clip Clop Ride

Amish buggy // wheels rattling against pavement

Rolling down the road // slowing down traffic

Thwack of the reins on the horses back

Trotting down the road to town and back

Rolling past fields with mooing cows

And a farmer feeding his pregnant sows

Little girls sitting in back with their brothers

Avoiding tourists with cameras and snapping shutters

Home again past their barn full of hay

And the cackle of chickens as they scratch and play

A unique life style frozen in time

Quite a different choice from yours and mine


Sketch: Paul White

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40 thoughts on “Clip-Clop Ride

  1. I’ve never been for a buggy ride, so this is the closest I’ll probably ever come to one, Dwight. So evocative. The rhythm and rhyme scheme convey the trotting horse perfectly. It’s amazing how the Amish sustain their lifestyle in these modern times. If technology fails, they have nothing to fear.

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  2. A wonderful take on the prompt, and tribute to your Dad. You also touch on a serious subject–the plight of the Amish, Quakers & Mennonites in the 21st century!

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  3. Exquisite drawing and words so well describing the scene and its sounds. Years and years ago, we lived in rural Iowa. I used to go to Kalona, Iowa where there was an Amish settlement to go to their country store for fresh eggs, butter, and some very simple dishes that we still have: a sturdy mixing bowl, a butter dish. I also often bought snaps and buttons there as I did a lot of sewing in those days. We often saw the Amish buggies parked next to the store…folks farming with plows pulled by horses. Thank you for the lovely memories.

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    • I love your story. Iowa has a lot of Amish as does Ohio, Indiana and Pennnsylvania. Their food is hard to beat. When we travel to Pensylvania, I always go to a Amish bakery and get Moon Pies (apple turnovers). They are the best. Thanks for your great conmment!


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