Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A handsome pony and a poem recycled, 184/365

This pony lives down the road and is quite a character.  He reminds me a lot of the pony I had when I was a child.  My pony was all brown, but quite friendly and curious, just like this little guy.  I wrote a poem this past December about Velvet and thought I would re-post it.  This photo is also for "Black & White Wednesday".

Our Pony

Softness of heart, Velvet, her name;
Shaggy coat and gentle gaze.
Her short legs worked overtime;
in front of the pack, the lead she always maintained.

One blue eye, one brown, always cautious.
Watchful babysitter on many a rambunctious day.
Summer mornings, warm and promising, off we went;
field eagerly crossed, sister and I securely upon her back.

Traversing up and down the quarry
through tall cornfield and railroad tracks.
Wading along river bank and forest trail;
aware of the way home, she always led us back.

Until the day our feet nearly dragged upon the ground.
We knew our journeys had come to an end.
With joy I must admit we welcomed a bigger horse,
one eager to explore and take us away, fast.

But behind the fence we heard her whinny,
her indignant cry of being, finally, left behind.
Never again did she join the pack, no leader she.
Resigned to wait until we returned, greeting us eagerly.

She cared for us when we were small and watched us
outgrow her.  We brushed and petted and walked her by lead.
The big horse moved on when we finally grew up,
but she was family, beloved and cherished, she remained.

By Margaret Bednar, Art Happens, 12-21-10

I have to say, the punctuation of poetry is a nightmare for me!  I think I have changed it a hundred times... and I'm sure it is still wrong...  a (,) or (:) or (.)  I think I will just use NO punctuation like many poems I see ;)


Patty Ann said...

Totally love it. The picture is great!!

texwisgirl said...

Oh, I'm so glad you kept your little pony! I hope she had a good long life...

Mike Patrick said...

Lovely, touching poem. The punctuation works fine. All the average reader need is to know when to take a micro-pause so the rhythm maintains it flow.

Ginnie said...

What a beautiful memory for you, Margaret! I was lucky to even see a horse growing up, let alone ride one. :)

Brian Miller said...

ha i hear you on the punctuation...i feel much the same at times...so cool on your pony...i take a kid i work with and we work out hte horses....very therapeutic for him..my oldest little wants to learn to ride...

izzy said...

What a lovely tribute! Thanks.
Less is better on punctuation- Have a great week!

lisa said...

What a beautiful poem Margaret!
Gorgeous photograph also.

Margaret said...

A good pony or horse can be a wonderful best friend. Mine really did keep me out of a lot of trouble when I was a kid (not all, but a lot) and the physical exercise and responsibility are just what children need. The only problem is they are expensive.