Dawn Wink: Dewdrops

Landscape, Language, Teaching, Wildness, Beauty, Imagination

When I Am An Old Horsewoman


When I'm an Old Horsewoman

When I’m an Old Horsewoman

I sat with coffee and candles this morning and read this poem. It speaks of such spirit and beauty. 
For you.
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.
-Author Patty Barnhart

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Author: Dawn Wink

Dawn Wink is a writer and educator whose work explores language, landscape, wildness, beauty, and imagination.

22 thoughts on “When I Am An Old Horsewoman

  1. Beautiful poem 🙂 And beautiful picture. Can I use it for an academic presentation of osteoarthritis in horses and people? And can the resolution be improved? Thank you!

  2. who was this written about?

  3. Reblogged this on When I Ride… and commented:
    A lovely poem to read every year…

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  5. I fell in love with this poem. It speaks to so much…growing old gracefully, horses friends full of unconditional love, the preservation of life and profound peace.

  6. Love it, what a woman.
    Love and hugs for you Dawn.

  7. Written from the heart!

  8. How beautiful! I can see my oldest granddaughter becoming this very person. Thanks and Love Cathy

  9. Reminds me of Grace.

    Sent from my iPhone


  10. Mrs. Dawn Wink. It´s an honor to be a member of your web. Maybe you don’t remember me but I really love every single thing you post within your page.
    I am from Guatemala and met in Barcelo IGA-NTC November 2013. Fantastic information you´ve shared here along these days.

    • Querida Rossanna! Thank you so much for taking the time to write and connect! I am so grateful to share this journey and web together. Gran abrazos y cariños! Dawn

  11. Her father’s daughter, me thinks…..Love the poem! Love Micki

  12. Dawn I read this poem a few days ago online and thought of you, “I shall wear turquoise. . . ” It’s a beautiful poem. Thank you for posting this in Dewdrops.

  13. This is my favorite poem, I am going to write this on a wall or frame it for the wall.Thanks for putting this up.

    • Toni, it is now my new favorite poem, too. I just discovered this morning. This is absolutely going above my writing desk. Thanks so much for taking time to connect. Here’s to both of our favorite poem! Dawn

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