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When I am an Old Horsewoman



I have this horse poem printed and displayed on my fridge. It's quite a conversation piece - people seem drawn to this poem for the simplicity of its sentiments.

Unfortunately, I do not know the author. If anyone can tell me, please email me: editor =at= horses-and-ponies.com - thank you!

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When I Am An Old Horsewoman

I shall wear turquoise and diamonds,

and a straw hat that doesn’t suit me.

And I shall spend my social security on

white wine and carrots.

And sit in the alleyway of my barn

and listen to my horses breathe.

I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night,

and ride the old bay mare across the moonstruck meadow.



If my old bones will allow and when people come to call,

I will smile and nod as I walk past the gardens to the barn.

And show instead of the flowers growing,

inside stalls fresh-lined with straw.

I will shovel and sweat and wear hay in my hair

as if it were a jewel.



And I will be an embarrassment to all

who will not yet have found the peace

in being free to have a horse as a best friend.

A friend who waits at midnight hour

With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes.



The kind of woman I will be

When I am old.

An old horsewoman.

~ Anonymous



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