Summer Swim

Summer Swim

Here in the Midwest of the United States, we have had a strange summer so far. Lots of rain and cooler weather have hidden our trails with overgrowth. Still, the horses have been quite comfortable with the milder summer. In addition, the herds around here have gained a few extra watering holes.

And the mud. Oh, the mud!

These two old friends inspired a few lines, as they cooled themselves in a storm-made pond. Because of their puddle plodding, Cloud and Albert have been fondly tagged “The Dirty White Boys.”

Photo c2009 by Nickers and Ink.

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A Daily Dip

What summer sport may more joy bear

Than puddle plodding, mud to wear?

These four-star friends may munch and muse

And splish and splash and standing snooze.

Their lifelines have been etched in white,

Two decades plus without a fight.

What other pair may boast the same –

No bickering or passing blame?

Though fetlock scratches may appear,

They fret it not, companions dear.

As younger equines run and romp,

They swish their tails and simply stomp.

The virile herd may spook and shy,

But these pale gents don’t bat an eye.

For they have witnessed so much more.

Perhaps they’ve seen it all before.

c2009 by Linda Ann Nickerson

Posted for a variety of prompts:

Easy Street Prompts (“lifelines)

Heads or Tails (“where” or “wear”)

Meme Express (four star)

Simply Snickers (“munch,” “muse” and “myself”)

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Sunday Stills (photo/s)

Thursday Challenge (photo/s)

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  1. I just loved this and had to share with a horse friend.

  2. Very nice mirror-image catch...

  3. Lovely shot and they look very happy. Lovely poem

  4. I could understand why the photo moved you to write a poem. And such a beautiful poem.

    Love their reflection in the water too.

    Happy weekend! :)

  5. Oh, I think our barb horses in Africa are asking to join in on the fun!!!

  6. Cute photo and poem. My white horse just loves to roll in mud. Of course then he's no longer white!

  7. Lovely shot and poem ... no kidding *puddles* .....

  8. how cute they are enjoying their drink.

  9. That's why I have brown horses - hides the dirt better! Nice shot.

  10. Really nice photos. Lots of memories too especially when there was real mud.
    Pick a Peck of Pixels

  11. I have similar "toys".

    Nice shot & poem.

  12. Great picture!

  13. Ahhhhh...what great shot of the boys. The poem is so true, they have seen it all before.
    Cloud and Albert have be best friends for 20 years now.
    Though we don't know for sure, vet puts Albert (front) over 30, probably pushing 35. Cloud (back) is pushing 40 and pushing it hard.

  14. Farewell to sweet CLOUD, who will be missed by his equine buddy Albert and so many adoring humans.



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