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A Gift Horse

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A Gift Horse


In Australian vernacular
he was a ‘flea-bitten’ grey.
Not dappled like a dream horse
but speckled like a rock and not a 
fine large horse like Tom Cable’s
roman-nosed, “Major.”

Dad, had traded for him- two rolls of barbed wire
and a fence strainer.  He came with a used saddle
 and bridle and the high spirits of
 the seldom ridden.

Before he would let us mount him, Dad
knew he had to take the 'curry' out of him.
 Rode him hard, through a ploughed paddock.
Rode him until he stood in a foaming sweat
ears sideways, subdued.

I can’t forget being led, those first few rides
“Don’t let go of his head, Dad” I’m not ready
yet,” and I knew the horse sensed the trembling
 in my being, until one day his bone- jarring trot
 became a solved puzzle.
I felt a gathering- a sense of balance between the 
pony’s mouth, the stirrups and the reins
and from a secret fulcrum
I was posting, “Let him go now, Dad”
I shouted, and my heart and  soul were
 floated to some rhythmic magic.
Around the homestead once and back
I cantered
 
I pulled the reins, “Whoa boy!”

That first halt, obeyed,  filled my head
for days and days.

Suzanne Delaney

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  1. Date: 5/14/2013 11:51:00 PM
    There are - I imagine - many insightful inroads into a well-constructed poem; not least, through the correlatives the poet intentionally provides. In yours, a sincere un-trammeled voice emerges which makes the event of growing-up under the protective eyes of the parent the quintessential experience, so that neither the horse nor even the persona is vital to the poem - symbolically. That's why tropes nor schemes remain essential props here. Well done, Lady. Will read on. Cheers! EGW. Wignesan

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 5/15/2013 12:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thankyou for your wonderful comment. It seems that when a dream is fulfilled it takes on wings of its own and sharing is the most natural outlet it can find. SuZ
  1. Date: 5/8/2013 12:30:00 PM
    You communicated with him like two alive beings collaborating onto the same goal. It is a psychologically strong piece - the second part enters the subconsciousness of your readers and tries to bring some new logic to any remote reality they may possess. You are convincing. Admiringly persuasive and transmitting your dimension of reality, not only through this piece but through all of your writes. Powerful quality! Bravo.

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 5/15/2013 12:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Giorgio: You have made me so happy with your kindness and encouragement. SuZ
  1. Date: 5/3/2013 12:01:00 AM
    I know zilch about horses, but you really knew how to put me in your shoes. I could feel that pride you had of mastering your commands with the horse, and how the bond quickly began to form. A very well told story!

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 5/3/2013 10:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    So glad you enjoyed it Timothy. There is a long narrative further down my page, titled." Memoirs of Mathilde Morgansen," about a girl's adventures With her pony
  1. Date: 5/2/2013 8:57:00 PM
    Dear Xegrakio POETESS, S - N, S u Z, YOUR Dad was quite the Barterer. Do YOU have a Picture of " Tony " above YOUR Hearth? Superb Sequel. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR S-P, Poet, Friend, and Loyal Liege...Harry

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 5/3/2013 10:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I only have an old brownie picture of him with Dad on him after he rode the curry out of him. I will search for it and let you know when I find it. SuZ
  1. Date: 5/2/2013 7:41:00 PM
    I love horses and you have communicated vividly the process of horse and rider becoming as one. Beautiful. Rick

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 5/3/2013 10:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Rick So glad it gave you some joy. SuZ
  1. Date: 5/2/2013 5:55:00 PM
    you made me feel like I was there with you. This is no small thing, you have good communication skills and have imparted the emotions and atmosphere of the day.

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 5/3/2013 10:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Richard Your comment means a lot. SuZ
  1. Date: 5/2/2013 4:19:00 PM
    Fantastic imagery and lines in your poem. You captured the event all so well. So many great lines in your poem I have read it a number of times. You capture the sense of adventure, excitement and achievement effortlessly and with flair. Well done.

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 5/3/2013 10:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for reading. It means a great deal to me. SuZ
  1. Date: 5/2/2013 12:49:00 PM
    This is just a wonderful story. I love horses. It was a pleasure to read, Suzanne...

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 5/2/2013 1:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Caleb: Horses are wonderful in all ways. have a great day and thanks for visiting.