Friday, July 19, 2013

Bareback

image by Margaret Bednar

A real woman rides
bareback.

Cinnamon thighs
astride
and hair 
undone.
Sun chasing.

Breakneck.

Split skin.
Bared bones.
Red dirt teeth
and tongue.
Heart racing.

And, comes back

balancing
day and night
on her hip
and tasting

of solstice.

An Artistic Interpretation (summer) of Margaret's photo for Real Toads with a little rhyme, alliteration and synesthesia throw in for dVerse.

35 comments:

Brian Miller said...

ha. love those last couple lines...balancing day and night on her hips...tasting of solstice...some creative line breaks there too...

Margaret said...

Cinnamon thighs, tasting of solstice! This is SO cool (unlike the summer we are experiencing right now)

(I also ride bareback... but not in shorts anymore :) sigh

Loved the whole entire poem! I'd quote it all, but that would be silly.

Mary said...

I love your version of womanhood, MZ. Like Brian, I too am struck by the 'balancing day and night on her hip.'

ninotaziz said...

This is an amazing ride, a toast to freedom!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Ah, I remember those horse-riding days of mine - such a sense of freedom which you express within the shortened lines and breaks of this poem.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

WOW!!!!!!! "balancing day and night on her hip and tasting of solstice". Perfection!

maryazilberberg said...

Oh, Mama! This is awesome. Love the closing lines too. (Really all of it). Delicious!

maryazilberberg said...

Oh, Mama! This is awesome. Love the closing lines too. (Really all of it). Delicious!

Claudia said...

YES!

turtlememoir said...

ah, i remember those days with pleasure & with longing - your poem does the picture proud

Glenn Buttkus said...

This one really percolates, you are woman and you're roaring your butt off; this is one of my faves of your work; exhilarating, sensual, pulse-pounding.

Dulse said...

So much freedom in this one, Mama... beautiful, I feel like riding wild towards that solstice...
Great choice and capture.

Jennifer Cooper said...

very summery, love that last bit

Nico said...

Wonderful--riding in and out like a summer day. Very enjoyable read!

Sioux said...

Synesthesia? I'm going to have to look that one up...

Great summer poem, Mama Zen.

Helen said...

I love the energy in this .. riding bareback, hair flowing in the wind will make one forget the heat ~ in a flash!

Kay L. Davies said...

Wow.
I keep returning to the second stanza and re-reading it, because it's so wonderful.
(And I'm afraid of horses, but don't want to be.)
K

lavender raindrops said...

I love "cinnamon thighs" and the ending:

"balancing
day and night
on her hip
and tasting
of solstice."

Susan said...

A real woman can at least dream! Your poem sure helps! Beautiful, free, powerful! I like.

Grace said...

She is some woman ~ Every line is exquisite, one of my new favorites from you MZ

Poet Laundry said...

As it should be! Love it.

Gail said...

You wrote my dreams perfectly.

Susie Clevenger said...

Cinnamon thighs, tasting solstice...love it! You certainly captured the feel of the photo.

Vandana Sharma said...

Bold woman she is

Björn said...

What a great piece.. cinnamon thighs and solsitice.. :-)

Lorraine said...

Wow it's stunning, I just felt the breeze on my face, how amazing you are

Outlawyer said...

Lovely distilled sensual poem, MZ. Very nice rhythm to it --kind of a soft warm canter there. k. (Outlawyer is an old blogger blog - this is http://manicddaily.wordpress.com). k.

Peggy said...

Love your interpretation of this photo! Wonder feeling of freedom.

Hannah said...

Ooo...balancing day and night on her hip!!! I love this poem, Mama Zen!! Magical. :)

Fireblossom said...

The last eleven words are much the cool.

humbird said...

Written boldly!

kaykuala said...

I love it MZ. It shows the freedom of choice! Nicely!

Hank

Marian said...

have you read Stephen King's Dark Tower series? this poem is totally Susan Delgado. :)

Maggie Grace said...

Oh this gave me goosebumps...all lovely, especially hit with the solstice. I was riding with her...wishing I could ride. lol. Feeling of such raw freedom ♥

Kathie Brown said...

Love this one! I think most woman want to be this wild and free.