Seizing the Moment
Photos c2009 by Nickers and Ink. All rights reserved.
Today, it is snowing again. Each time a new storm arrives, we assume it to be Old Man Winter’s final growl. After all, it’s April already. Still, the skies are filled with surprises.
Yesterday, however, a bright blue canopy covered the pastures. I slogged through the melting snow and mud to retrieve my half-Arabian sport horse colt for a ride. All of the youngsters were bagged out in the grass. At high noon, it was naptime in the nursery at the barn.
I sat on the ground next to my boy. He didn’t move. I leaned up against him and rested my head against his quiet breathing. The bay Hackney filly opened one eye in my direction before resuming her own nap nearby.
Eventually, I swung a leg up over him, half-expecting him to rise to his feet. He grunted and stayed put. I even crouched behind him and tried to rock him up. But he preferred to continue his sunny siesta.
So I took his little sister inside instead. This two-year-old filly wore splint boots and a bridle (with a D-ring copper snaffle) for the first time. (OK, so she is coming three this summer, but who’s counting?) She also stood proud and still, while I fastened a surcingle around her for the third time.
The mare and I played in the round pen for a while before returning to the pasture. I wanted to check on the colt again. As soon as I hopped the gate, he rose to his feet and came running. I guess nothing beats a good nap in the sun for a growing boy.
A bright blue sky bids us outdoors
‘Mid warmer winds and equine snores.
We’d like to saddle up for flight
In fanciful fantastic light,
To celebrate the sunny spring
With landmarks softly listening.
But statues still are all we find,
With limbs and tails and manes entwined.
No contract have we thus to ride,
To bring these peaceful ones inside.
By listening, we learn, of course,
To curl up quietly with a horse.
Posted for a variety of prompts:
Easy Street Prompts (“floating the light fantastic”)
Meme Express (Sunday Invitation)
One Single Impression (“listening”)
Poetic Asides (April P.A.D. Challenge: “landmark”)
Read Write Poem (NaPoWriMo – “introspection” or “50-word pickup”)
Simply Snickers (“blue,” “bright” and “bring”)
Weekend Wordsmith (“contract”)
Photo/s posted in response to these prompts:
Camera Critters (photo/s)
Scenic Sunday (photo/s)
Show and Tell Saturdays (photo/s – “collections”)
Straight Out of the Camera (SOOC Sunday)
Thursday Challenge (photo/s)
Weekend Snapshot (photo/s)
Wordless Wednesday (any day – photo/s)
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