Remembering Barbaro (Totally Optional Prompts)

21 Oct

Remembering Barbaro

Artist: Sheril Drummond
Lexington, KY
Copyright for this image is retained by the artist. Please respect her work!

I did not know this horse.
I do not follow racing or that world.
What I know of him, I heard on the radio on NPR when he died.
But it touched me.

There is something heroic in a horse that races, head down, goal in sight, giving it his all.

A race is such a small thing; so unimportant in the grand scheme
But when you are in it, it is everything
And animals know.  They know it’s important.
Horses will race in open fields for the joy of it.
For the head-tossing, foot stomping, heart pounding joy of it.

He knew that joy.  And, he shared it, passed it along.
A legacy worth living for.

More on Barbaro {click}.

More Horse inspired poems at Totally Optional Prompts.
All content written by Liza Lee Miller unless otherwise noted.
© 2007, Liza Lee Miller. Creative Commons License


7 Responses to “Remembering Barbaro (Totally Optional Prompts)”

  1. Crafty Green Poet 21 October, 2007 at 8:11 am #

    Yes horse do know that joy, i think.

  2. jo 25 October, 2007 at 7:31 am #

    I enjoyed this very much — a lovely ode to horses!

  3. Tumblewords 25 October, 2007 at 3:00 pm #

    Beautiful! The artwork and the poem – superb.

  4. paisley 25 October, 2007 at 3:44 pm #

    isn’t it amazing what knowledge can be bred into a horse.. and it is knowledge as well i skill i do believe……

  5. gautami tripathy 25 October, 2007 at 5:46 pm #

    That artwork is very good. And one great tribute to a horse.

  6. garlinjake 27 October, 2007 at 6:20 am #

    I couldn’t help taking it as a metaphor for my dad who died too young but enjoyed the “wide open fields” of life, too! Thanks for the warm memory!

  7. my backyard 28 October, 2007 at 9:07 am #


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