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Arabians to Zebras

Ancient Arabians, mother to all
Bloodlines, essence of exquisiteness

Clydesdales, symmetry of strength
Dignity of duty, power of purpose

Ebony elegance, midnight silk
Friesians, crusaders in
Galloping gallantry

Hardy hearts, tiny and tenacious
Icelandic horses, gaited grace over
Jagged soil, volcanic climes

Kaleidoscope diamonds, lissome finesse
Lipizzaners, dancer of moonbeam dreams

Mustang beauty, bred by
Nature, to run in
Open grasslands, their hides
Paints of freedom

Quarter horses, nimble and surefoot across
Ranges unfenced, corralling waves of herds

Sleek strides, sinewy speed
Thoroughbreds, spirits of the wind

Unbridled, they fill all
Valleys and vistas in
Wild wonder; with Alexander and
Xerxes, they conquered the world

You may say these are outside the list
Zebras, to me - the mounts of fairies and myth


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Date: 3/11/2020 7:10:00 PM
Great poem Michelle, I'd certainly have placed it!
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 3/14/2020 3:17:00 PM
Thank you, Beth, appreciate it-
Date: 3/8/2020 10:46:00 PM
I'm sorry to see this didn't place among the winners, but there is nothing to hang your head about, this is dazzlingly brilliant in its description of the various horses you selected. There was no stumble whatsoever in the Q/X/Z where many of these poems falter. So smooth, educational, and poetic to the core. Well done! ~ John
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John Watt
Date: 3/9/2020 1:10:00 AM
I'm with you on that. With the right attitude, disappointment can be an effective motivation to improve.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 3/9/2020 12:48:00 AM
Thanks, John - it is disappointing to get an N/A in a contest but lately I use them as a prompt to learn a new style of poetry or just give my muse a nudge -
Date: 3/7/2020 11:36:00 AM
This is a wonderful description of favorite animal. You wrote this ABCEDARIAN so well I didn’t notice that it was one until I got down to near the end. Good Luck in the contest and into my FAVs. SuZ
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 3/9/2020 12:49:00 AM
I am flattered you like it, thanks, Suz-
Date: 2/23/2020 11:54:00 AM
This is so cool. I usually am not a fan of this form but I am of this gem. Good luck in the contest. Hugs Rick.
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Date: 2/22/2020 8:18:00 PM
You express yourself eloquently, your style of this form is enduringly receptive and easy on my eyes, my best to you, Michelle -- Aloha!~@wk
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Date: 2/17/2020 3:05:00 PM
I see that you weren't just horsin' around here, my friend. Nice! Say Hi to Wilbur! ~ Mr. Ed
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 2/18/2020 11:18:00 PM
A horse is a horse, of course - unless he's the famous Mr Ed! Thanks, gw-
Date: 2/16/2020 8:37:00 PM
This is a feast for horse nerds! Thoroughly enjoyed :))) Good luck in the contest, xomo
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 2/17/2020 11:01:00 AM
I guess I'm a horse nerd ;) Thanks for your comment!
Date: 2/16/2020 5:33:00 PM
Wow Michelle, this is so beautiful! I love horses and you have quite the collection. Your ending is superb! I think this will be a top winner! xxoo
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 2/17/2020 11:00:00 AM
Thanks for your encouraging words, Connie!