Photo Challenge: Poem – Italian Sonnet – “Cowboys and Indians” #amwriting #poetry

Thanks to MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie for hosting this week’s photo challenge.


Credit: Elizabeth Anna


Face so black, eyes green-blue, a warrior stood, 

In forest, playing games, children not meek.

On the faces of cliffs roam, hide and seek,

Cowboys with guns, face arrows of wood. 

Her hair is in braids, she’s taller and could, 

 Take out any boy; her face paint it streaks;

Black oil paints stain her pink dress as she seeks, 

Unafraid, with bow ready, arrow’s wood —

Will strike at any movement and set fly, 

Weapon which could hurt, but that’s life she sighs.  

Hopes her arrow might hit a deer — dinner, 

For a family she can’t feed, as a child. 

Only a girl, no parents but she plays, 

In this strange cowboys and Indian brave’s game. 


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved. 

6 thoughts on “Photo Challenge: Poem – Italian Sonnet – “Cowboys and Indians” #amwriting #poetry

  1. Copper Cranes December 16, 2016 / 9:38 am

    Amanda, this is fantastic sonnet. I admire your talent and ability, writing this challenge in sonnet structure is lovley. The image is wonderful, I can see how it could provide some great inspiration. I like that you show her strength and determination, I believe she would be able to take on any challenge. It’s a bit sad, if I interpret this correctly, she has no family, yet can most definitely take care of herself, even though she is still a child. This is a terrific poem Amanda, so visual and beautifully penned. Have an amazing day, stay warm and take care. ~ Mia

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    • mandibelle16 December 16, 2016 / 11:23 am

      Thanks Mia. Happy you liked it. She does have a family and shecis only a child, taking care of younger kids. That was my intention but your reading is valid too.

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      • Copper Cranes December 16, 2016 / 1:23 pm

        You’re welcome Amanda, thank you for sharing your intentions on that. 🙂

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  2. Janice Wald December 20, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    Hi Amanda,
    That’s quite a graphic! Great poem.
    Thanks for bringing your post to the Blogger’s Pit Stop last week.

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandibelle16 December 20, 2016 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you Janice. Yes it is. It’s a prompt photo so it was provided 😉

      Liked by 1 person

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