A Poem and a Photo Meant to Be Together

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My sister recently sent me a poem by Robert Wrigley, and it happened to arrive on the same day Dave and Nichole Ferry of Horsewright Clothing and Tack (in my links) sent me a photograph of their daughter Alyssa loving on her horse. Talk about Jung’s theory of Synchronicity. The two seemed to go together so well, I couldn’t resist.


Kissing a Horse

Of the two spoiled, barn-sour geldings
we owned that year, it was Red—
skittish and prone to explode
even at fourteen years—who’d let me
hold my face to his own: the massive labyrinthine
caverns of the nostrils, the broad plain
up to the head to the eyes. He’d let me stroke
his coarse chin whiskers and take
his soft meaty underlip
in my hands, press my man’s carnivorous
kiss to his grass-nipping under half of one, just
so that I could smell
the long way his breath had come from the rain
and the sun, the lungs and the heart,
from a world that meant no harm.

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6 thoughts on “A Poem and a Photo Meant to Be Together”

  1. Thank you for sharing. Reminds me of my horse, Mason. Best wishes for continued success

  2. Oh how I miss the smell of a horse! My last died about 3 years ago. He went from a starved looking old man to a young horse of 36 years, that could kick up his heels in the cool Spring days. I could bury my face in his winter coat and smell his sweet smell.

    I made it a point to keep those over-sized soft round mints on hand, making sure each of my old gents had at least 2 or 3 a day.

    Thank you for reminding me of them. Wonderful photo and an excellent poem.

  3. Ah…nothing smells as good as a horse’s breath. Blowing into each other’s nostrils is how horses make friends with each other, and we can only hope to be found worthy enough to be included in their herd.
    Thanks Jameson!

  4. All I know about horses could very easily fit on the head of a pin; but this I know, their noses are velvety smooth. And a pleasure to rub.

    The other day I read an article from nofilmschool.com, “Taste Matters: Jameson Parker on what Producers Want to See.” Is that you? Are you a producer?

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