Urge to Run

Urge to Run

Urge To Run
The urge to run has taken over my thoughts I forever ponder,
Born 150 years to late the cowboy in me wants to wander.
Night is long as the thunder rolls across the timberline,
Crack and rumble brings the lightning flash as per design.
Pulling over I can hear the raindrops as they beat against the windshield,
The outsider, the recluse, the cowboy in me is no longer concealed.
Top of the Divide in the hammering rain my thoughts are now askew,
My mind is adrift and I don’t know why I act the way I do.
Falling in love with you just ignited the fuse,
Most times I act as if I don’t have a single thing to lose.
Being close creates the restlessness the urge to run,
Even before loving you, loving us has ever even begun.
My mind and heart maybe will never be prepared,
Talking to you about us – the loner in me just got scared.
I have always been my own worst adversary
Lost a wife and many of girlfriends because I have always been so damn wary.
Memories flood of the things I’ve done for foolish pride,
The lone wolf that lives within me is so ever tough to hide.
Looking in the west there is the open wet road in front of me,
Glancing east in Denver is you and what could be.
Looking west is the road away and one I have known before,
To the east in Denver my heart spins and my love for you roars.
I know that you and I could have a life most would crave,
Not sure if the cowboy and the restlessness in me can behave.
Murky feelings and the urge to run forever defeated.
This time I will not let my love and heart be cheated.
My mind is jumbled and for once my heart wins out,
I have decided you, our love I cannot possibly do without.
Thunder roars when turning the pickup and down the mountainside,
Happiness and that loving feeling is by your side.
Rain and thunder the high mountains are storming,
Through the rain-soaked darkness—Denver by morning.
Kurt James

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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Kurt’s family roots were from 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 photographers through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. The Denver Post, PM Magazine, and 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado featured his poetry. 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 16 books all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand, Kurt James novels, short stories, reference books, and poetry, are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt has 3 books that he is currently writing. The 8th book in his Rocky Mountain Series - Raphael Eye for an Eye. His third ghost town reference book, Kansas Ghost Towns, Hauntings, Treasure Tales, and Other BS. And a western/horror novel - Devil’s Tower Spirit of Chiha Tanka. Kurt is a proud member of Western Writers of America.

10 thoughts on “Urge to Run

  • October 6, 2018 at 6:00 AM

    Expressive and very visual, like your work in the “Daunting” your latest novel. Your very deep feelings and love not only for the wild wilderness and Rocky Mountains, your love and yearnings for a deep connection with love for your partner. The cowboy and wanderlust in you Kurt shows in your style of writing. One can feel the wind in your step, the breezes on your cheeks, the tip of your Stetson, the long coat covered in dust wrapped around your soul, you sir reclusive or not, bring out the yearnings that many a man has for the lifestyle of a cowboy, writer and photographer in you. Beautifully penned, I felt your love of the Colorado’s and love of your life in each word. Bravo

    • October 6, 2018 at 6:18 AM

      I am humbled by your words Vincent. Your reference to my novel The Daunting is truly inspiring for me. Many that read it fail to understand at the core it really is a love story between a man and a woman that swirls beneath extraordinary events. Thank you for your kind words my friend.

  • October 6, 2018 at 7:51 AM

    Wow pretty deep. Love your poetry. Looking forward to reading the Daunting.

  • October 6, 2018 at 5:32 PM

    A wise man once said to me that love is the one emotion we poets always can fall back on. Raw and emotional I loved your verse. I love the aspects of the cowboy life that are injected into your stories. Its gives it that western flare. Nice work my friend

    • October 6, 2018 at 8:34 PM

      Love or lack of love is absolutely something we as poets are always well versed in. It is something we understand the least and write about the most. The western flare is easy for me since I live those aspects and ideals. Thank you Paul for you kind words and for stopping by my campfire for a spell.

  • October 9, 2018 at 10:07 PM

    Well, Kurt, your writing never fails to touch something deep inside. As a little boy growing up I loved to fantasize about being the cowboy hero from the many western movies on TV, and that little boy is still hiding not too far under the surface. Yes, we poets and songwriters can always fall back on the theme of love and it is probably the most popluar subject in the written word. You combine the two so wonderfully, and it is always a pleasure to read your work.

    • October 10, 2018 at 3:24 AM

      Thank you John for stopping by my campfire. In all of us lives the cowboy riding into the horizon or the pirate on the open seas. The adventure we call life is what we make of it or what we dream of. It is a rollercoaster ride for sure with love or the lack of love at each and every peak and valley. I would not change it for anything.

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