Photo & Poem: Midsummer

Midsummer, the mare stands square, hooves flat
and neck low, her muzzle faced into the corner
of a dark stall, her tail as still as the heat. Do not
disturb. Hat brim tilted for hot shade, dragging my

feet in small circles, searching dusty bins for one
more clamp needed to repair a gate. Water tanks
that were fresh in the morning, now lukewarm with
soft algae creeping up from the base, still rinsing my

hands, working them to my skull. Heat so dry that
a pale green sweat is welcome. Heat so still that birds
have gone silent. The bay horse stands apart in the
east corner, watching the shade from the tree inch

across the sandy ground, patient until the afternoon
clouds turn purple and roll out from the mountains.
A late breeze skims the pond, fluttering over prairie
grasses, seeping into our lungs, as relief always will.

Anna Blake for Relaxed & Forward

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6 thoughts on “Photo & Poem: Midsummer”

  1. Pond? What’s a pond? I say while cleaning the grit from my teeth. Beautiful and evocative. I can feel the heat, I can feel the breeze.

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  2. “…pale green sweat…”

    I really like that and have been adored with the same fashion, many times.

    Thank you for always making my day better.

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  3. While shivering in the dead of winter, I project visions of a hot and humid summer accompanied by incessant biting flies and think better for me clad in ski pants and the horses well protected by their winter coats. (Though, in the summer months, I project in reverse as I struggle with frozen hoses and broken heating elements!)

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