Weekly Photo & Poem: Favorite

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

A woman. The caretaker on a small farm with
a strong back for throwing hay, filling troughs,
mucking and repairing. Bringing a warm alfalfa
mush to her stall but 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 sustenance has always been our
natural due. She acquiesces no allegiance, 
acknowledges no dependence on me. She can
make the choice to come closer, without debt, 
and the mid-day sun will warm our bones, a 
blessing on the wind-tossed prairie we 
share. Now guarded equals.

Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
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27 thoughts on “Weekly Photo & Poem: Favorite

    1. 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.

  1. Frances

    ‘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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