What Needn’t Be Spoken

Needn’t Be Spoken

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No there is no need to speak at all
and once all emotion has melted  away then
it’s only you that is  uneasy
the words are too easy
if they can fill
a canyon with the pain
or of  empty
promise

High In these mountains  we go for days
without speaking at all
the eye contact alone
enough for both our souls
for both our hearts
or the gentle touch of hands
on the reigns
or the squeeze  of dusty boots
at her flanks

The best riding is when  you bend and mold
a horse at the turn in the trail
to gently brush a  leg against the
bark of a Ponderosa
and pull in my knees to
her flanks to curve
her around a boulder
one fluid communication
no words are needed

And at the end of the ride  the saddle
hung by the pens the reigns
on the iron  hooks
of welded horseshoes
she’s been brushed and grained
and turned lose to run
as she was meant by
what needn’t be spoken

 

EdF

Sometime in my fiftiesI started to write about my life journey , in poetry, in storyand perhaps to sort them out and enter them intoa place of safe keeping . The soul of the writeris perhaps best described in their words , emotions and thoughts . If these poemsor stories touch something inside youthen maybe I have succeeded in sharing . I will not write about my selfin profile , because self isn't so important in writing . Only the journey in wordsand only the sharing areimportant . Why would weever say " Now about me !"........I'd rather write about life , nature , serenity ........

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EdF

Sometime in my fifties I started to write about my life journey , in poetry , in story and perhaps to sort them out and enter them into a place of safe keeping . The soul of the writer is perhaps best described in their words , emotions and thoughts . If these poems or stories touch something inside you then maybe I have succeeded in sharing . I will not write about my self in profile , because self isn't so important in writing . Only the journey in words and only the sharing are important . Why would we ever say " Now about me !"........I'd rather write about life , nature , serenity ........

6 thoughts on “What Needn’t Be Spoken

  • May 23, 2016 at 1:34 AM
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    Nicely penned of that silent communication between man and horse. Very emotive and a pleasure to read my friend.

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  • May 23, 2016 at 8:42 AM
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    I loved this description of the unspoken communication between a man and his horse. Excellent poem, Ed.

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  • May 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM
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    To be but one. A man and his animal friend, whether dog, cat or horse. The connection is sureal. Our spirits blend and both know each others strengths and weakness. But silence golden except for understanding and guiding eyes. Windows to our mutual souls. Well penned my friend.

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  • May 24, 2016 at 5:37 PM
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    I enjoyed this much, Ed. I no longer have my companion horse, but I do miss him, and can feel what you’ve expressed in this piece, Thank you!

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  • May 30, 2016 at 11:52 AM
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    Oh! This brought back precious memories, Ed. It has been years since I rode, yet the sacred bond and communication between rider and horse is still in a beautiful place for me. The nuance of the time together, the slight movements of signs and the caring for each other, the warmth and unspoken love I still feel in my heart. Wonderful memories and a great work of art you pen here. Well done, indeed.

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  • September 17, 2016 at 11:02 AM
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    Ed have you ever though of reading at Cowboy Poetry readings. Nevada has some wonderful gatherings. Would you mind if I read this poem here in Reno to promote the TCE anthology. Jamie

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