The Red Rider

A Myth of Cheshire

And then the Red Rider came, on the night
Of the storm. And the howling winds shook all
The stout timbered walls, and the portal gate
Bell sent out low hideous sounds. Dark fright
Found the Knight deep in Bramhall Hall: “You fall
This night, Knight of Bramhall Hall. The fate
Of you, Knight of Bramhall Hall, comes in
With this horseman in crimson and red, comes
In on his steed, most unearthly and black,
You know the stories. You must welcome him
In, must give him warm fare, share good ale from
Your stores, safe lodge his horse. No turning back
No turning from, what must be will befall.
The Red Rider’s come, Knight of Bramhall Hall.”

Published by Juleigh Howard-Hobson

Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s work has appeared in many places, including Think Journal, Able Muse, Third Wednesday, War Literature & The Arts, Consequence, The Lyric, and The Tishman Review. She is a Million Writers “Notable Writer”, has won the ANZAC Award and the Alfred, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Best of the Net and a Rhysling; her fifth and most recent formalist book is Our Otherworld (Red Salon Press). ,

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