Photo Challenge & Poem: Experimental

They live with us now, hooves half 
in their own history and half in  
ours, so closely inbred that our 
insecurities show in each other's 
eyes. So close that we tell each 

other's secrets with blunt honesty 
but pretend to not hear, just like 
family. Some horses show a bold 
compassion that humbles the human 
heart, while some bipeds manage to 

lift their shoulders and canter out, 
momentarily free of their personal 
gravity. Most of us walk the middle 
path, carrying the burden of our 
dreams, with hope whittled down to 

fit a smaller space. Quieted to cause
less spook or bolt; cramped into a tiny
corner of a small barn. Why would we
reduce horses to our own image, when
we could recreate ourselves in theirs?
….
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
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(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. And then I write a poem. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)

Experimental

27 thoughts on “Photo Challenge & Poem: Experimental

  1. This is my favorite poem of yours ever. I’m always moved by the truth, depth and beauty of your words. This time more than ever. Thank you for being exactly where you are, doing exactly what you do, and coming into my being and reaching me with wisdom and soul. Lydia

    On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 5:38 AM Relaxed & Forward: AnnaBlakeBlog wrote:

    > Anna Blake posted: ” They live with us now, hooves half in their own > history and half in ours, so closely inbred that our insecurities show in > each other’s eyes. So close that we tell each other’s secrets with blunt > honesty but pretend to not hear, just like ” >

  2. Lynell Abbott

    “Why would we
    reduce horses to our own image, when
    we could recreate ourselves in theirs?”

    I would be honored to be a member of that club!

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  4. Shannon Donohue

    The most wonderful, moving poem of yours that I have read. The final phrase contains the entire world and yet remains heartbreakingly intimate.

    Well done.

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