Weekly Photo & Poem: Favorite

 

Her years on flat open prairie, the
hard-scrap jumble of danger and chance
left only the essentials: skeptical wisdom,
long-ear sensibility, and eyes that watch with
great vigilance from deep under her brow.
She keeps an entrancing distance. Magnetic
in her independence.

This caretaker of a small farm with a strong
back for throwing hay, filling troughs, repairing
Fence. I’ll bring a soft mush to her stall but
I’m not willing to make it a bribe. Neither
of us mere beasts of burden, we have each
been both predator and prey. We know
the value of self-reliance.

The earth’s abundance has always been our
blessing and the gift we have to offer; we
share a promise to hold to nature first, so she
needs no dependence on me. The donkey and
I make a choice, to stay away or come closer,
as guarded equals owing no debt and
demanding no allegiance.


Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
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27 comments

  1. “we have each been both predator and prey. We know
    the value of self-reliance.”

    This helps.

  2. I especially love this one. The gift of no hidden agenda gives both ways. Freedom. Free love.

    • Thanks, my friend. This isn’t what I told you I was writing. I think I’ll be writing about Lilith for a while… Best in the New Year to you and yours.

      • Either way. I think she’d approve. Some of these guys just worm their way in and inspire us for years to come, don’t they.

  3. This touches something in me I can’t even name yet. Anna will probably help with that, too.

  4. Everyone’s comments times two or more!!

    And the photos says it all!!

    Thanks from the ‘cold’ south.

  5. ‘She can make the choice to come closer…’
    So many people could learn a lot from this ‘mere’ quote alone especially when working with rescue animals, why do we persist in pushing ourselves into their space…?
    Great poem Anna you continue to inspire and teach us all!

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