Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare

WM donk 1

She’s a spare donkey. No longer useful,
laid off her last job fighting coyotes and
protecting calves. She’s displaced, in rescue. 
Not eating but not a victim, she’s fostering
me. I mean fostering with me. My farm

has a spare pen for a decrepit longear. I’m
nervous for her frailty, I have more issues 
about my age than she does hers. Nearly 
worn out, her eyes are fading. A gray coat has 
felted to steel wool, her teeth expired to nubs,

and there’s a serious hitch in her step. She’s 
had a spare life with few luxuries, not that 
she minds. Prairie old. Prairie tough. I see 
a little roundness now. She is gaining a belly;
I serve a pan of pellet mush a few times a day.

We’ve got food to spare; this little life doesn’t 
ask much. She’s shy and she hates dogs, kicking 
anything within her range. She has a bray more like 
a roar; deep and full, as if she must be heard above 
the yap of coyote adversaries. Maybe they have

spared her; she’s no threat now and the prairie 
would be less without her. When I take her to the 
sweet grass, she slowly rubs her nose back and forth, 
bruising the grass to a finer smell. Lifting her ears,
she wobbles, step by step, over to look me in the

eye and tell me a story. I’m working on her manners 
or she’s working on mine. Her fossil heart blooms
with curiosity. She assumes her position at the edge
of the family herd, tilting her head slightly to benefit
from the venerable warmth of the morning sun.

Anna Blake, Infinity Farm.

(WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly prompt to share a photo–I enjoy twisting these macro prompts to share our micro life here on the Colorado prairie. My photos are taken with my phone, on my farm. No psych, definitely not high tech.)


27 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare

  1. Lynell Abbott

    “Yes, there will be a parting in our future…” The best I can say about this is: but that parting is NOT today. So smiles for you and all who you hold dear.

  2. Sabina Cox

    This is the furthest motivation to evoke pity…it evokes reverence.
    Thank you to you and the beings who you inspire.

    Anna, the synchronicity is not lost on me as I have just recently and out of the blue had a very unexpected experience of cultivating a communion of souls with a mini donkey…right at the time of an unexpected heartbreak of losing a herd member. Not just a herd member but a Master Teacher who unexpectedly dropped his beautiful black horse form. I wonder if I can email you privately and talk donkey for a bit?

    much love and reverence,

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  4. I see you always find something to spare – and that’s what makes you more than enough as a person, as a caretaker, as a seeker of kindred souls…and then one appears.

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