Bio Note: Why do poets write about some topics over and over? The ones that won't let go? For me one has been horses. I'm delighted that my new chapbook Let's Hear It for the Horses is now available through The Poetry Box and later in February through Amazon.. It's a collection of accessible love poems about horses. That love started young, why I include here the picture I used in the book as my author photo. "In the End" is the last poem in the collection — by then you'll know Lucky and Daisy.
To find one photo from when I was ten, starting with the suitcase for legal briefs full of my daughter’s baby pictures, the booklets she wrote in fourth and fifth grade, my great grandmother’s photos on my mother’s side that had no names written on the back just generic Lewis. Then I dug out the leather bag bursting with photos, diplomas, meaningless certificates, holiday images spent with a man I’m severed from, snapshots of gardens I encouraged over ten years. The pictures of my first husband looking so handsome fifty years ago I held them in my hand. I found the photo of me riding the paint in the wood box my mother used as a lap desk, the container I consider most important, the box I grab on the way out the door when the earthquake hits. There I am, proud as all get out of the yellow ribbon pinned to my chest probably for sitting a trot well enough to come in third. Or it might have been for barrel racing. I’m not sure.
In the End
It wasn’t Lucky or my friend’s thirty-two-year-old mare, part Tennessee Walker, part Arab who made me write this or Darcy, the paint in the rodeo photo or Secretariat, or Daisy who won the quarter-mile race but gratitude for sharing a universe with creatures that inspired the Greeks, Chinese, Hindi, followers of Mohammed, Koreans, Tibetans, Mongolians, Assyrians and the Valkyries to name the wind drinkers, spirit horses, and ghost horses – and visions of horses with wings, hope that we may rise above limits with friends so different from us that we learn to love.
©2022 Tricia Knoll
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