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A poem-a-day-for-four-days - number 3

Elaine Walker

My third poem was written on the day my beloved Appaloosa X Welsh Section D mare joined my herd. Her registered name is August Serenity but this poem is about the way she came by the name I call her.

Autumn Horse 

Against the fading brightness of a bank of mountain ash,

with the burned brown ends of last year’s reeds beyond, she

surveys her surroundings. Behind her, a crown of red berries, a wreath

of golden leaves, a swathe of crisped and faded purple heather. Her black

and white spotted rump is round as a full moon floating across the tired-moss

field. Her finely shaped head is alert, the arched-bow neckline echoes the curve

of the moor against the muted sky. She plants her neat hooves evenly with each

step. She is interested as she explores her new field, keeping a distance

from the unruly geldings crowding along the fence to call her. She does not

trouble with them. A whole day, she wanders ground that’s strange beneath her,

smells air that’s damp and rich with loam and tastes grass that’s a new texture

in her mouth. She is thoughtful, cautious but not overwhelmed. She will breathe

the peat-soaked air from the moors until the rhythms of her blood are attuned

to this place and she blends like her patterned coat into the russet background of

the rippling valley. By evening I have named her ‘Rowan’ and

the colours of autumn have gathered around her.

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Virtual Writing Residency - week 3

Elaine Walker

For my third week as Writer in Residence for Jane Badger Books, I've posted two poems about my own horses.

Both of them appear on these pages - the first, Rowan, is the blanket spot Appaloosa x Welsh cob, and the second, JB, is the little grey cob - he was a blue-and-white skewbald in his youth.

He died around this time last year at the age of 27 - a wonderful old horse who baby-sat any youngster who joined the herd and also many novice riders.

We still miss him, but Darius and Topaz, the other two Appaloosas in my photos, have taken over as uncles to my latest newcomer, Ruby, a Quarter Horse x Appaloosa.

 

Staroak American Blues aka Ruby

 

 

 

 

 

Herd interaction always fascinates me and the way Darius, not a tolerant horse generally, and Topaz, who is a real softie, are patient with Ruby is a treat to watch. Rowan, who's still only five herself, has made friends with Ruby but makes no special allowances for her!