Liz Garton Scanlon (liz_scanlon) wrote,
Liz Garton Scanlon

Poetry Friday -- A Blessing

Last night, we went to the rodeo.

This is Texas, after all.

We rode the ferris wheel, ate cotton candy, and watched cowboys try to best the 8-second buzzer by holdin' on & hopin'.

It's a funny thing, the rodeo.
All belt buckles and bluster.
I'm not so sure I love every little bit of it,
but that's not really what we're promised when we step into something new and different, is it?

Plus, in the end, the rodeo's as much about a love of horses as anything.
And having been one of those girls (the pretending, the posters, the finally -- really, finally -- a horse of my own!) -- I can wrap my mind around that.

So here, in a different setting than the ones we watched last night, are James Wright's horses:

A Blessing

by James Wright

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.

(Read the rest here...)


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