Riding Against the Wind


Being human and living life can cause emotional upswings or downswings in all of us. If you are lucky as you have grown older you have found the perfect place to help repair yourself. The one place where your mind runs free and there is no one to judge you on your thoughts so you can heal yourself from within. We all need that one place where we can ride against the wind.

Riding Against the Wind
Oh so lost, now riding my horse against the wind,
Above timberline to a place we both have never been.
My mind is so confused, my thoughts have caught fire,
Clear my thoughts – it is the high mountains I require.
Riding against the wind – somehow it is always good,
Wildfire of emotions of those thoughts I never should.
Wear my passions on my sleeve – always cause me pain,
All my life love and loving has driven me forever insane.
Seems like a life time of riding my horse against the wind,
Irresistible urge to run, sometimes I never know where it begins.
Surrounded by friends that don’t see life as I see it,
I am an old soul, not like most I have to admit.
Find myself seeking shelter of the Rocky Mountain high,
Riding towards the wind heavenward and closer to the sky.
Somehow I break all the rules that I never knew existed,
Trying to stay the course, but my heart and soul get twisted.
Now and then I ride towards the wind where the air is thin,
There are times I need mountain clarity to heal from within.
All my troubles, worries, depression are always self-inflected,
Riding against the wind above timberline I never feel neglected.
Oh so lost, now riding my horse against the wind,
Above timberline to a place we both have never been.
Kurt James
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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographer’s through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 5 novels all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand Kurt has also released a poetry collection - Poetry and Thoughts of a Wandering Man - (Uniquely Colorado edition) and now this collection - Poetry and Reflections of a Wandering Man (Random Thoughts edition) all are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is working on his 7th Colorado adventure tale novel “When the Song Vanishes”.

4 thoughts on “Riding Against the Wind

  • October 30, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    I love this verse, Kurt, It brings back memories when I was in my teens and went horse-back riding in the summers. It was at a ranch up in the Cascades – and the mountains have always been my place of serenity. Great poem.

    • November 2, 2019 at 3:59 PM

      Thanks Phyllis, nothing as peaceful as riding or walking the mountain highs…

  • November 2, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    “…loving has driven me forever insane..” As I read I felt as if our journeys crossed over for a second. Amazing….I am journeying in the Sierra Mountain range with the same fight in my mind…thank you Kurt. Jamie

    • November 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM

      May you journey bring you peace and harmony – thanks for stopping by Jamie.


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