Photo Challenge: Delta

Walking the washout, high desert ground
between pond silt and prairie pasture,
I know to look for crushed cans, bits 
of barbed wire, and runaway fence staples.
Only to find you crouched, invisible and silent, 

refusing to see me even as I bend close. Not 
a blink of acknowledgment, you are so wildly
strong. So committed to life as to play dead.
Brave hatchling, as you grow you will find
your voice, singing out your name, race walking

in a stilted gait, an undeniable citizen of this pond. 
Too often humans lose our voices as we age, thinking 
we won't be missed in the din and flap of this chaotic 
world, forgetting the indisputable power of a single call, 
clear and true, to lift the quality of the very air.
….
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
(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. I take these photos with my phone, on my farm. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)

Delta

20 thoughts on “Photo Challenge: Delta

  1. Lynell Abbott

    Would that we don’t lose our foothold as we make room for the hatchlings. Thanks, Anna. I needed this today.

  2. Judy Shaub

    Beautifully said. As I get older I find comfort in blending in with my surroundings a bit. This is a good reminder to never give up. Thank you. Your poetry is wonderful.

  3. Fred Plumer

    Loved your poetry. I think it had a greater impact because we have several of those amazing birds in our pasture. I am always worried the horses are going to inadvertently step on them or their nest. Just saw two little ones yesterday running back to their mother (or father) . Everyone was OK for the moment. Love ya!

    1. Thanks, Fred… and I know there is a circle to life, but I cleared a horse out of his run this week, for a baby bird. Can’t save ’em all, but it’s sweet when it works.

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  5. Alice

    Dear Anna, your work so often brings tears of recognition of the beauty that you impart with your lovely words. Please continue this beautiful gift to the world that you are! Thank you for being you!

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