13th summer



she rules the world 
(the sky, the breeze, the trees) 
from the back of a horse. 

of course, 
school starts soon 
and the boys will come a-wooing 
and she’ll chew on their flattery 
(both acrid and sweet),
so different from the alfalfa sprigs
she’s used to. 

she’ll trot 
to dance practice 
and run 
the drama show 
and slow 
her pace to theirs. 

she’ll stare 
at quarterbacks 
and blackboards, 

track herself 
by stolen smiles. 

but for now
she conquers miles, 
balanced on this sweet bay 
back, rhythmed only 
to the familiar clack 
and clop 
and heartbeat 
of hooves. 

An additional offering for yesterday‘s PAD prompt.

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6 Responses to 13th summer

  1. flicker says:

    How beautiful. ~A girl on horseback, riding away from it all. This is fantastic.

  2. iidorun says:

    Love this! My daughters ride horses and they seem so happy and free while riding. You’ve captured this sentiment and what happens after they get off the saddle beautifully.

  3. Ali Grimshaw says:

    Delightful. I especially like,
    “and the boys will come a-wooing
    and she’ll chew on their flattery
    (both acrid and sweet),”

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