Photo Challenge & Poem: Tour Guide


Peeping through a knothole in a pine fence,
a wind-worn cheek pressed to splintered wood.
Craning to watch a small girl in a second 
hand green t-shirt and blue jeans, scuffing

rubber-capped tennis shoes toward the 
dairy barn. She's dragging a play-train;
three cardboard boxes, strung together with
dirty twine, stuffed animal passengers in

each one. Her voice carries; she's talking to
an old border collie in a manner so familiar 
that my chest aches, closer than kin. Crooked
bangs, cut too short. The girl pauses when 

the middle cardboard box catches on a weed 
and the gabardine seal goes tail up. She gives 
the twine a sharp tug to right the box and 
the train rolls on. So far to go, little one.

Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
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Tour Guide

16 thoughts on “Photo Challenge & Poem: Tour Guide

  1. Jean McCormick

    I feel I’m right there, watching with a heart filled with love for this little girl. I have know her – maybe even more than one of her.

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  3. Anna, I have been following you silently for a while. Forgive the intrusion, but this speaks of such a moment, I want to say, ‘Psst. green t-shirt girl, you caught the seal but you dropped the donkey!’ My wagon train always lost the donkey. Might be why I have five on my ranch, now, and how I love your windows that look in to our spaces.

    1. Wonderful comment, thanks and I do chuckle. I didn’t know donkeys back then, stuffed or otherwise. Give those longears a scratch from me, and welcome. Glad to have you with us, Motherdecker.

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