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Here is the title poem from the collection. It's available at Amazon.

Harness bells?
big and solid brass and leather
out of place
and time
harness bells
in Shelby in central Texas
in October
in an antique dealer's booth
many strings of them
light sounds
strings strongly leather
the sounds of warm smells
of heated horses
in blue air
the surprisingly light sounds of purpose
the going and getting there
the strength of
Percherons, Belgians, and Clydesdales
a way never known by me yet known
Yes, they jingle of icy slices of wind
warm clothes
maybe an old patchwork quilt in the lap
just like the one in the next booth
in warm Shelby
in Central Texas
in October.


Home of Dick Heaberlin Writes

Orange House Books

A Cavalcade of Oilfield Novels

Fountain Wells: Oilfield Novels of Ontario, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia

Gushers: Oilfield Novels of Texas

Poetry Collections

Trotting With the Fox

Harness Bells

My Writing Guides

English Syntax:
A Guide to the Grammar of Successful Writers

Writing Style 1

Connecting for Coherence:
A Guide to Building Sentences With Syntax And Logic

Writing Style 2

Purposeful Punctuation:
A Syntactic Guide to English Punctuation

Writing Style 3

Skinny Writing:
A Guide to Concise Prose
for Writers and Editors—Writing Style 4

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