This is the next piece in Mussorgsky's 'Pictures' suite, describing Hartmann's picture of a Polish oxcart.
Unfortunately, the picture is no more, so this is just how we imagine the scene/story. The rhythm is inspired by bars 2124 :-) :>)


Sheets of rain sweep through the fields,
cattle stand and shiver,
track verge trembles, shakes then yields,
road becomes a river.

Farmer must prepare his cart,
take his stock to market,
hitch two oxen, shout to start,
'Come, Borys and Czarit!'

So the big beasts drop horned heads,
set their great limbs trundling,
past the farmyard barns and sheds,
bearing timber bundling.

See the high cart wheels race round,
hurling mud on all sides!
hear the oxen's huge hoofs pound,
through the screeching squall tides!

Closer closer they approach,
whirring, rattling, creaking!
north wind forcing their encroach
on the bank, shrill shrieking!

Smell Borys' and Czarit's sweat,
streaming down their tough flanks!
mingling with the earthen wet
rushing from the bluff banks!

'Whoa there!' Farmer strokes his whip
to avoid a tall oak,
Borys shifts a hefty hip,
rights the flailing haul yoke.

Then the cart turns into town
and the rainstorm passes,
on the farm the sun shines down,
cattle chomp moist grasses.

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Written on 2015-07-20 at 00:45

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Ivan R
This is Dostoevsky, but in English language, it is as powerful a story as one from Mark Twain, no pun intended, just in awe of this marvelous piece of storytelling on Poetbay, this is astonishing literature for the eye and for the soul*

Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Very nicely written. I had a listen to the music and it makes so much sense with these images :)

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Well done! So much stormy action at first, but it blows over, and all is calm at the end.

To imagine a scene with all your senses and have the art to make it utterly real is a very very special talent. I know no one else who can do this as well as you. I think both Hartmann and Mussorgsky would be pleased with what they have inspired.


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