Photo Challenge: Collage

How many times did I ask
on a breath and a thought
that you consider the moment?
Consider joining me in an adventure
or a moment of solitude,
or a wisp of air.

Your thoughtful response; a
soft eye, maybe an interested ear.
And in another breath, the arc of your
glorious neck sharing an indelible
instant, season, lifetime. 
It was enough.
….
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
(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. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)

Collage

Photo Challenge: Bridge

The frail filament strands that
suspend us in parallel travel
are intricately woven back onto
themselves, situated so cleverly that
one day we're asked to lead the ones

who helped us find the way. To lift
and carry those who shouldered
our weight in another time, on a 
passage of interlaced perseverance 
armored with gratitude.
….
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
(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. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)

Bridge

Photo Challenge: Delta

Walking the washout, high desert ground
between pond silt and prairie pasture,
I know to look for crushed cans, bits 
of barbed wire, and runaway fence staples.
Only to find you crouched, invisible and silent, 

refusing to see me even as I bend close. Not 
a blink of acknowledgment, you are so wildly
strong. So committed to life as to play dead.
Brave hatchling, as you grow you will find
your voice, singing out your name, race walking

in a stilted gait, an undeniable citizen of this pond. 
Too often humans lose our voices as we age, thinking 
we won't be missed in the din and flap of this chaotic 
world, forgetting the indisputable power of a single call, 
clear and true, to lift the quality of the very air.
….
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
(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. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)

Delta

Photo Challenge: Transient

A hand flattened to shade my brow, questioning
the blurred late-afternoon apparition and not certain
I should trust my wind-burnt eyes. How to make sense 
of a tropical memory skimming across this land-locked 
farm --are those pelicans on my prairie pond?

They're rare visitors floating with mallards and mergansers
and Canada geese. The herons are suspicious of sea birds 
breezing onto our prairie grass ocean. Relax, they're just
like us, awkward and beautiful creatures migrating across
shared lives, resting awhile, then pushing forward. 

….
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
(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. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)

Transient 

Photo Challenge: Focus

This willful mare will not be owned.  
She makes choices; her neck softens 
lower as she turns her ear to me. 

She smells so familiar that I think
it might be my own scent, remembered 
by those who knew me lifetimes ago. 

Then the horizon blurs, retreating
as the sky lifts us high enough
to trot the shoulders of the moon.
….
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
(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. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)

Photo Challenge: Order

The hours of the day
spook and buck and bolt,
swirling together and scattering
apart in a dust devil of nickers,
skittering hooves, and manure. 

I'm only human. I stumble from
water tank scum to fence repair,
trying to mitigate the day's erosion 
and prepare for the next thing that
will be a thing I've never seen before.

But under the chaos and distraction
and resistance, gravity is a persistant 
call to order; to earth with each revolution
of the sun; this circle dance of life. 
Complacent hours were never meant 
to be confused with love or peace.


….
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
(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. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)

Photo Challenge: Friend

One likes to be alone.
One likes to sleep a lot.

One likes contrary opinions.
One doesn't care what others like.

Yawns and snorts, leaning toward 
an itchy acceptance; an unlikely friend.


….
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
(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. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)

Friend

Photo Challenge: Evanescent

After the bay gelding's leg has been
doctored, I walk the fence line looking
at bent posts and hair caught up on wire.
Clues don't change the task ahead. 
Unload the rolls of fencing and tools to 
start early. The horses will be in stalls 
until the work is done and new tires
for the truck will have to wait.

Then the day sneaks west and darkness 
gathers all the colors back home,
restored. Debt paid.

….
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
(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. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)

Evanescent

Photo Challenge: Heritage (with Doghair)

 …

The dog watches me sit at the edge of bed
pulling a frayed t-shirt over my head,
shoulders rounded with work not finished.
Pushing back, swinging my feet under covers
and easing down to the pillow. Wet whiskers
at bedtime; her gray nose nudges the quilt.

Yes, I say. She lumbers up and drops flush
to my side. That sweet weight of her head as
she rumbles a satisfied moan. It takes longer
for my shoulders to surrender the day but then,
between the prairie grass and the howlin’ moon,
my ribs go soft. Good girl.

….
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. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)

Heritage

Photo Challenge: Reflecting

It’s the job of a hero
to stand invincible
dwarfing the sky
and giving us pause,
reflecting the sum of
our inadequacies and hopes
too precious to name.

Could I be that strong,
that resilient, with decades
behind me and a dwindling future?
She holds her ground, with
steady eyes and no apology.

Our nature demands that
we measure ourselves with
cold calculation and doubt,
though the hero makes no claims
against us. Instead, she holds
a space beside her. Step up,
lay down the rest.

….
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
Blog  FB  Email  Author  FB  Tweet  Amazon  
(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. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)

Reflecting