Pink Petals and Horse Power (w/audio poem)

“Say this of Horses” by Minnie Hite, reading by Michele Lee
“Say this of Horses”
by Minnie Hite Moody

Across the ages they come thundering
On faithful hoofs, the horses man disowns.
Their velvet eyes are wide with wondering;
They whinny down the wind in silver tones
Vibrant with all the bulges of old wars;
Their nostrils quiver with the summer scent
Of grasses in deep fields lit by pale stars
Hung in a wide and silent firmament,
And in their hearts they keep the dreams of earth
Their patient plodding furrowed to the sun
Unnumbered springs before the engine’s birth
Doomed them to sadness and oblivion.
Across the swift new day I watch them go,
Driven by wheel and gear and dynamo.

Say this of horses: engines leave behind
No glorious legacy of waving manes
And wild, proud hearts, and heels before the wind,
No heritage of ancient Arab strains
Blazes within a cylinder’s cold spark;
An engine labors with a sullen force,
Hoarding no dreams of acres sweet and dark:
No love for man has ever surged through wire
Along the farthest slopes I hear the rumble
Of these last hoofs-tomorrow they will be still;
Then shall the strength of countless horses crumble
The staunchest rock and level the highest hill;
A man who made machines to gain an hour
Shall lose himself before their ruthless power.

Thank you to Paola with Arizona Riders for riding with me and for taking our photo, Petey and me. We had a wonderful time with a coyote spotting along the trail. The coyote, being distracted by us, lost the rabbit he was hunting. A lovely afternoon topped off with finding a field of wildflowers. 🌸 Petey is a sweet seven-year-old Quarter Horse from Winnipeg, Canada. The desert southwest is a bit warm for him. I can relate. Thank you for visiting and listening. Be well. πŸ’— Michele

Two special shoutouts: Thank you to J Re Crivello with Masticadores Spain for publishing my post, “Write Path.” πŸ™πŸ» and To all the poets who have been posting every day this month, National Poetry Month. Quite impressive! πŸ‘πŸ»

A friendly reminder… Mother’s Day (in America) is next Sunday (5/8). I know! I can’t believe it either! Why give the moms in your life a generic greeting card when, for the same price, you can give them an illustrated poetry chapbook (or 3), created by mother and daughter artistic team. Clicking on cover image will take you to your shopping experience. 😁

My featured band, Riders in the Sky, is an entertaining band to see in person. Not my go-to music genre, but I was/am impressed with their musical talent and surprised by their humor. 🎢 (album title below) πŸ˜‚ You might be familiar with their song, “Woody’s Roundup” from Toy Story 2. Enjoy my featured selection, Rawhide! 🀠 A song title that takes on new meaning after horse riding yesterday. 🀣

Find my photos, reels, and micropoetry on IG~ @mlsefton

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106 thoughts on “Pink Petals and Horse Power (w/audio poem)

  1. To be honest, I’m speechless, I got emotional while reading and then listening the poem .
    You are a mother and I’m of age of your daughter ( or probably younger), I love the soothing voice of this mother. As a child, I felt peace while listening with eyes closed. Then the poem was very beautifully written, kudos to the poetess. It made me think and I went into a serene imagination.
    Then whatever you’ve written, I felt very happy to read it.
    So, I’m saying, as a reader I love this blog. It has a feeling of belongingness and I absolutely love reading it 😌πŸ˜ͺπŸ™‚

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    1. Speechless… that makes two of us after reading your comment. Thank you, Devang. Your comment is heartwarming. I cherish it, as a mother, teacher, writer, poet, and reader. πŸ™πŸ»I am particularly fond of your comment about feeling a belongingness. That mention contributes to my feeling on purpose in this space. 😊

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      1. In the beginning I wanted to visit and read the blogs of The Michele Lee, because I heard positive things and got curious. But when I read your few blogs, I got mesmerized, it touched my heart, made me think. That’s when I realised, I want to read your blogs forever. I just want to say thank you for writing.

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      2. To touch hearts and make people think. A most high honor – a life well lived! I did my best to do that in the classroom. To continue doing that in a more creative and expressive (writing) manner, is a soul’s purpose. ✨ Thank you. πŸ™πŸ»

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  2. Poetpas

    Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
    Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
    Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
    Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
    Keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’
    Though the thighs are swollen
    Keep them dogies rollin’, rawhide
    Through rain and wind and weather
    Hell bent for leather
    Wishin’ my gal was by my side
    All the things I’m missin’
    Good vittles, love and kissin’
    Are waiting at the end of my ride
    Move ’em on, head ’em up
    Head ’em up, move ’em on
    Move ’em on, head ’em up, rawhide
    Cut ’em out, ride ’em in
    Ride ’em in, cut ’em out
    Cut ’em out, ride ’em in, rawhide
    Keep movin’, movin’, movin’
    Though they’re disapprovin’
    Keep them dogies movin’, rawhide
    Don’t try to understand ’em
    Just rope ’em, throw, and brand ’em
    Soon we’ll be livin’ high and wide
    My heart’s calculatin’
    My true love will be waitin’
    Be waitin’ at the end of my ride
    Move ’em on, head ’em up
    Head ’em up, move ’em on
    Move ’em on, head ’em up, rawhide
    Cut ’em out, ride ’em in
    Ride ’em in, cut ’em out
    Cut ’em out, ride ’em in, rawhide
    Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
    Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
    Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
    Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’

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  3. You are so great dear friend with sweet voice, horse riding and so lovely written the grace poem πŸŒ·πŸ™β™₯οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸŒ·
    Actually I was so admired, A special Tribute to the grace horse’s poem Pink Petals and Horse Power πŸ˜πŸ’
    All The Best πŸ’and Happy May Day wishes πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ––

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    1. Thank you kindhearted and gracious, Thattamma. Your words add beauty, love, and acknowledgment to every blog you visit. 🌞 Thank you for visiting mine! Have a wonderful weekend lovely lady. πŸŒΈπŸ’—

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    1. Thank you, David. I have enjoyed reading aloud since I was in first grade. Then, to my class. Thank you for listening and appreciating! The coyote was a skinny one – probably needed to eat. Survival of the fittest and least distracted, I suppose.

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  4. A wonderful poem made more delightful hearing your voice, my friend. Always nice. Your wildflower photograph is also a treat. And, congratulations on having your “Write Path” poem published on Masticadores. As I’m sure Petey would attest, you post wonderfully. 🐎 Thanks for sharing & have a great weekend! 🌞

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    1. Story time with Michele. πŸ˜† Thank you for joining. Isn’t that a gorgeous photo! I am not bragging – Mother Nature deserves all the credit! I hope to see Petey again. Sweet horse. Thank you, Phil. You too!

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      1. Nice to be here at this time. Yes, it is indeed! I’m no expert re: horses (lessons at a young age, only), though remember that riders ‘post’ when the horse moves. Horses are cool. TY lovely poetess Michele. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜Š

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    1. I enjoyed the poem, too. Horses – a subject I have never explored, poetically. This one, by Moody, has a powerful message. Pun not intended. haha It had been a long time for me too. I enjoyed it and hope to go again, without so much time passing. It was a lovely and busy Saturday. πŸŒžπŸ˜… Thank you, Jeff! Hope you are enjoying some time in the great outdoors!πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ³πŸ’

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      1. Haha! I’m glad you enjoyed it, it sure did look like you had a grand time. 🐎 You’re welcome, Michele. Always! Ah, it is a beautiful day here, thank you! πŸŒΌπŸŒžπŸŒΏπŸ’–

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  5. I have been horseriding in the mountains quite often and it truly is both a noble and beautiful way to spend time experiencing the scenery from a beginning perspective! Loving the bright photo, happy smile, and proud horse. πŸ™‚

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  6. Girlfriend, congratulations! I had no idea your post “Write Path” was published by Masticadores Spain. You go girlfriend. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ Take your bow! πŸ€— No you didn’t include Rawhide’s theme song in your post, which is one of my favorite westerns growing up. 🀠🐴🐎 I am so proud of you Michele My Belle! You never cease to amaze me! How on earth did you get the horse to look at the camera for your photo? Oh never mind, you always have something to pull out of your hat that fascinates us every single time. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ₯‚βœ¨πŸ™πŸΌπŸ¦‹πŸ’ Thank you for gracing us with your many talents!!!

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    1. Kymbelina, your support and enthusiasm are gifts for me! πŸ’ Masticadores Spain periodically publishes my poems. I appreciate their efforts. ✍🏻 Great song! Fun to listen to. 🀠 As for the horse looking at the camera, he was looking at his owner, my riding companion. She is sweet too! It was a wonderful day of connection to nature and to her, a knowledgeable horse owner/rider. Thank you for spending time here. πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒžπŸŒ„ I am enjoying the ride!

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      1. Oh girlfriend, enjoy the ride indeed. 🐎 I am so proud of you my friend and your accomplishments. I’m rootin’ for ya. Continue to soar! βœˆπŸ¦‹πŸ±β€πŸπŸ¦…πŸš€ Hugs and smooches dawwwwlinkkkkkk!!!! πŸ˜πŸ’–πŸ˜˜

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      2. We should, right? It won’t last forever! Might as well make the best of it. We do our best. πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‡ I cherish your words of encouragement. πŸ₯° Back at you with hugs and smooches! πŸ€—πŸ˜˜ And dancing, of course!πŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸ»

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    1. I am so glad you like the poem, Anne. I read several horse related poems Friday, and that one stood out me. Gorgeous phrases and lines and a powerful message. ✨ Petey was a sweetie! Chrome – nice! Thank you, I hope to go again. 🐴

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  8. Visiting your site is always a pleasure for me, Michele. I love the poem!
    And the photo shows me a wonderful moment because you smile is so happy and relaxed on this beautiful horse. I’m sure you had a wonderful day with Petey.
    πŸ’š Best to you too, Michele πŸ‘
    Rosie from Germany

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    1. Your visits are a treat for me, Artist Rosie, and of course I love visiting your creative space! πŸŽ¨πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨ Thank you, I did have a wonderful day. 🌞 Wishing you happiness and boundless creativity, Rosie from Germany. πŸ’

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      1. I used to but not anymore after my accident because you need to ride a horse going to the farm. You may walk but it gets tiring because it’s far from the main road. My daughter and her cousins always visit the farm during school vacation. They’d stay for just a few days because there’s no electricity and you know kids nowadays, they can’t live without internet! By the way, my mother named him Gung Ho after she watched a Korean drama years back. He was named after the lead actor. 😊😊😊

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      2. I went to my mother’s Facebook account to look for Gung Ho’s pictures and saw that his legs are not white like that of Petey’s. But they do have that the same white in their forehead. 😁😁😁

        You’re welcome! More, more hugs to you!

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