Photo Challenge & Poem: Prolific

 

Pray his back is broad, strength
needed for the precarious load he
bears, the seesaw blessing and curse
of a human’s promise and limitation.
Let his hoof land true; it’s a grand
idea that two different animals

might share a heart, might travel
as one. Let trust rise up to settle
all doubt, that kindness might lead
you to a secret place as intimate as
breath and hope. And when many
years have passed and he can no

longer hold you, no longer lift and
carry you as always before, may you
take his weight, may you carry him on,
saying thank-you in as many ways as
there are hairs warming his back, shed
out and re-grown, each new season
together.

….

Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
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Prolific

34 comments

  1. That’s the agreement made in love and happiness. I’ve had 2 that I shared lives with and now my last 2 are with me. Thanks for the lovely poem.

  2. Thank you, Anna. Truly a lovely tribute to horses and also the connection between horse and human. Cant wait for book(s) to be published !

  3. I love this!! I would like to print this out and hang it in our barn if you wouldn’t mind. It reminds me of a horse we lost at the age of 32 last September….he needed so much special care in his later days. Care that I loved bestowing on his gentle soul. ❤️

  4. Oh, yes. We owe that carrying to them. Your poem is a beautiful sentiment and it rings true for any and all who we have in our lives. Thank you, Anna, for continually reminding us to do better.

    On Mon, Apr 23, 2018, 6:13 AM Relaxed & Forward: AnnaBlakeBlog wrote:

    > Anna Blake posted: ” Pray his back is broad, strength needed for the > precarious load he bears, the seesaw blessing and curse of a human’s > promise and limitation. Let his hoof land true; it’s a grand idea that two > different animals might share a heart, mi” >

  5. Anna, this touched my heart, as so many of your writings do. This morning, my 30 year old gelding with a degenerative spine condition was due to be trimmed. My patient Farrier and myself toiled for quite a while positioning and repositioning this old boy so he wouldn’t lose his balance. He worked so hard to cooperate, and when I looked in his eye I thought I could see the frustration that aging and loss brings to all of us. However, when the job was done, he took off at his awkward gait and hurried to feast on the new Spring grass. Living in the moment; what a gift.

  6. That’s us. Me and my boys. I made a promise. It’s in their eyes and in my heart. Growing old together.

  7. This brings tears to my eyes Anna, we lost our three oldies in a 12 month period and its coming up to the anniversary of the last one cantering over the “rainbow bridge”. Probably doesn’t help having Meryl Streep singing ABBA’s “The Winner takes it All” in the background….. They all are “Heart Horses”, but the oldies in particular. Mine are now “Horse Angels” (I dearly hope so anyway :’-)

    Warm regards Sue (from Victoria, Australia clinic)

    PS Sorry just reading in reverse order and catching up some missed e-mails 🙂

    On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 11:12 PM, Relaxed & Forward: AnnaBlakeBlog wrote:

    > Anna Blake posted: ” Pray his back is broad, strength needed for the > precarious load he bears, the seesaw blessing and curse of a human’s > promise and limitation. Let his hoof land true; it’s a grand idea that two > different animals might share a heart, mi” >

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