Thursday, April 13, 2017

DMC: "The Passionate Stallion to His Mare" by B.J. Lee

In July of 2014, Tamera Will Wissinger challenged us to write parody or tribute poems. Here's the fabulous poem B.J. Lee contributed, based on "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe. You'll also find it in The Best of Today's Little Ditty: 2014-2015. Come back tomorrow to see what Tamera has been up to lately!

The Passionate Stallion to His Mare

Come live with me and be my mare
and we will every pleasure share.
I'll save my treats and give you all
the apples when they start to fall.

And we will graze in glorious grass,
and I'll not let a moment pass
when I am not as close to you
as I can be through chomp and chew.

We'll share the stable past Duck's pond,
and there we'll strengthen our deep bond.
I'll give you first dibs on the hay
and I will never say thee neigh.

So if this life seems good to you,
then bid your former life adieu.
And if you smell love in the air,
come live with me and be my mare.

© 2012 B.J. Lee. All rights reserved.

The DMC challenge for National Poetry Month is to contribute to our Ditty Potluck. Follow the guidelines for any one of the last 28 challenges, choosing from the following recipes:
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Post your poem on our April 2017 padlet and be sure to indicate which challenge you are responding to.  All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, April 28th, and one lucky participant, chosen randomly, will select from the following:

Option 1: A set of 8 copies of The Best of Today's Little Ditty: 2014-2015 to use with a classroom or extracurricular group.

Option 2: One copy of The Best of Today's Little Ditty, plus a $20 gift card to purchase a poetry book(s) of your choice.

Option 3: A $25 gift card if you already have all the copies of The Best of TLD you need.


  1. Well done, B.J. The apples are such a sweet moment in this poem.

  2. wonderful tribute to a horse J.B. such a beautiful love story and perfect for spring

  3. Clearly I was so overcome with passion for this poem that I had to share it again, BJ! That chomp and chew line gets me every time. :)

  4. Thanks for reposting, Michelle! This one was so much fun to write!

  5. It's so perfect, BJ. I have a friend who rides and owns horses. She will adore this! Love "as I can be through chomp and chew". They do seem to graze close together!

    1. Thank you, Linda! I love to think of horses in love <3

  6. I'm in love with how simple this appears. I'm sure it was not so simple to write. But, it is lovely, this love for the mare. I can picture them and it gives me peace.

  7. Thank you, Linda! It's a parody, or perhaps a pastiche is more correct, of a poem written by Christopher Marlowe ("The Passionate Shepherd to his Love"), so the form and rhyme scheme were a given. It was more about "writing in the voice" of Marlowe that was tricky.

  8. Wonderful. The love and emotion shines here.