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WHEN I AM AN OLD HORSEWOMAN

WHEN I AM AN OLD HORSEWOMAN

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 my 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 gelding,


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 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


For the kind of woman I will be


When I am old.

By Patty Barnhart

I recently discovered this poem at http://buckarooleather.blogspot.com.  It was originally published in The Arabian Horse World magazine in l992.  Patty’s website is http://www.willowspringsguestranch.com/home.html
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5 responses to “WHEN I AM AN OLD HORSEWOMAN

  1. Victoria Bloom

    Love this!

    From: The Paintd Phantom Reply-To: The Paintd Phantom Date: Sunday, June 9, 2013 2:17 PM To: Victoria Bloom Subject: [New post] WHEN I AM AN OLD HORSEWOMAN

    WordPress.com The Paintd Phantom posted: “WHEN I AM AN OLD HORSEWOMAN When I am an old horsewoman I shall wear turquoise and diamonds, And a straw hat that doesnt suit me And I shall spend my social security on white wine and carrots, And sit in my alleyway of my barn “

  2. I love this poem, but I’m not waiting until I’m old ;)

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