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
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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.)

Reflecting

Photo Challenge: Danger

The danger of horses is not 
their strength and power, 
thrusting forward with a brilliant 
heart, ribboned with intelligence- 
clean and authentic and never 
quite under our control. 

It isn't our earthbound worries 
or the fear of injury. The danger 
of horses is that we will fall short 
of their vulnerability; fall short  
of their wild beauty. The danger is 
that we may never feel that free.
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.)

Danger

Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

WM Edgar eye close

It’s the irresistible call
to scout hidden ravines and
gaze along the elevated vistas
from the edge of an eyelash.

A wish to explore generations
of memories, honor and courage
beyond self, cautiously stored in
the language of ancient travelers.

Ask permission at the gate,
take the solitary unmarked path
meandering the full distance
between his head and his heart.

….
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.)

Wanderlust

Photo Challenge: Earth

WM Preacher hindsight

Born of indelible green,
of boundless clouds and sky,
and tasked in each tiny life
to be curious and bold
and care for others.

If you are lost, look down. 
Trust the colors that are true. 
She will bring you home safe,
ease your brow, and then urge 
you to strike out again.
 
Earth to Earth,
so goes the prayer.
Safe in her arms 
all the while.
….
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.)

Earth

Photo Challenge: Surprise

Dawdling through chores, 
then rushing to a book event,
I checked the visor-mirror, 
and eek! -a long coarse hair
sprouting from my chin.

Aging requires a tolerance
for physical betrayal
but it helps to have 
friends who wear whiskers
like upside-down halos.

….
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.)

Surprise

Photo Challenge: Security

Home.
You tuck it
in some tidy place,
like half-way between
your head and your heart.
If you decide to launch, it won’t
get in the way of flight but until then
it’s the Earth’s good work to hold you here.
….
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.)

Security

Photo Challenge: Dense

Stupid. Dense. Stubborn. Lazy.

Until we stop seeing others
in our own worst self-image,
these words will describe us.

….
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.)

Dense

Photo Challenge: Easy Being Green

A Controlled Burn

I'll take this gray rain
to soften my jaw; rounded 
shoulders hang low and honor 
the loss of a old heart 
that held mine.

I'll take this gray rain
to smooth my brow, while
rising to meet the ash 
easing to green, almost
but not quite.
….
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.)

It IS Easy Being Green!

Photo Challenge: Atop

 
It’s an inherited seat;
elders and babies ride loose in time,
strong and vulnerable
and not quite domesticated.
Sky-tall and exquisitely tiny;
a saddle blends contradictions
into a familiar sacred stride.
 
….
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro

Atop