Leap of faith

15 March 2011 § 4 Comments

A staggering feat

‘Jumps like a stag,’
The ads for hunters
In the Horse & Hound declare;
The familiar, forgivable
Hyperbole of horsemen;
Count your fingers after you shake hands.
Caveat emptor. Let the buyer beware.

For no horse I sat in twenty years
Could match the handsome cocoa-coated
Four-point buck I flushed today:
Straight over a breast-high hawthorn hedge
Off a two-foot verge from a standing leap;
Then popped the sheep-net fence beyond
And blithely bounced away.

For no horse living ever knew
The tearing fear of running wild
From shining monsters borne on wheels
And finding ancient bolt-ways blocked
By thorn and wire and tarmac road.
To jump so high perhaps requires Man to be
Not on your back, but at your heels.

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§ 4 Responses to Leap of faith

  • Ina says:

    I liked this poem. Sounds like a good horse 🙂 The shining monsters borne on wheels can’t do what horses can: feed roses.

  • gonecycling says:

    Thanks, Ina – your comment reminded me of the question posed by the American theologian George Rupp, who asked: “When will they make a tractor that can furnish the manure for farm fields – and produce a baby tractor every spring?” Great to see you here as always!

  • Ina says:

    🙂 I have nominated you for the Versatile blogger award; hope you will accept but don’t feel pressed 🙂 More about the Versatile blogger award on my blog.

  • Narnie says:

    Brilliant rhythm that echoes a canter. Your admiration for the steed is well projected and can be appreciated by even a non horsey woman thing like me 🙂

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