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The favorite poem for 2008,
Forty-eight Poems for Nico Wind,
is "When I am Old," by Jessica (last name unknown).
 
This year, 2008, Nico requested that she be the one to choose the favorite poem of the year that is printed on the page.   She knew right away which poem she wanted, and so it appears below, along with the other 47 poems for her 48th year of life.  Happy Birthday, Nico Wind! 

When I am Old

 

I shall wear turquoise

And a straw cowboy hat that

doesn’t match and doesn’t suit me.

And I shall spend my social security

on white wine and carrots

And sit in the alley way of my barn

And listen to my horses breathe.

 

I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night

And ride the dappled mare

Across the moonstruck meadow,

If my old bones will allow.

And when people come to call, I will smile and nod,

As I walk them past the gardens to the barn

And show, instead, the flowers growing there.

 

In stalls fresh-lined with straw

I will learn to shovel and sweat and

wear hay in my hair as if it were a jewel.

And I will be an embarrassment to all

who look down on me

Who have not yet found the peace in being free

To love a horse as a friend,

A friend who waits at midnight hour

With a soft muzzle, welcome nicker and patient eyes

 

For this is the kind of person I will be

When I am old.

 

Jessica (Last Name Unknown)

 

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48 HORSE POEMS FOR NICO WIND

 

1.         An Imagined Horse Disguised as a Young Girl – Beth Anstandig

 

2.         At the Children’s Violin Concert – Susan Cataldo

 

3.         Black Horse and the Cherry Tree – K.T. Tunstall

 

4.         Blue Horses Rush In (for Chamisa Bah Edmo) – Luci Tapahonso (Navajo)

 

5.         Circus, The; Or One View Of It – Theodore Spencer

 

6.         Day Mares – Wilhelmina Stitch

 

7.         Fly-Away Horse, The – Eugene Field

 

8.         For What Binds Us – Jane Hirshfield

 

9.         Four Fiery Steeds Impatient of the Rein – William Wordsworth

 

10.       Four Mares – Katherine Fallon

 

11.       Gallop Apace . . . – from Romeo & Juliet (III, 2) – William Shakespeare

 

12.       Ghost Horse Legend – Nancy J. Bailey

 

13.       He Knows – Anonymous

 

14.       Headless Horseman of Cuba, The – Margarita Engle

 

15.       He’s the colour of the nutmeg. . . from Henry V (III, 7) – William Shakespeare

 

16.       Horses, The – Ted Hughes

 

17.       Horses and Men in Rain – Carl Sandburg

 

18.       Horses in the Air – Jorge Guillen

 

19.       Hoss, The – James Riley Whitcomb

 

20.       How the Old Horse Won the Bet – Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

21.       I Bet – Terrell Adsit Neuage

 

22.       In Praise of the Horse – Ronald Duncan

 

23.       Live Like Horses – Lyrics: Bernie Taupin, artists Elton John & Luciano Pavarotti

 

24.       Love Chase, The (from) – James Sheridan Knowles

 

25.       Man and His Horse, The – Anne Finch, Countess of Winchelsea (1661-1720)

 

26.       My Horse – Bonnie Lewis

 

27.       Ocean Stallions – B. J. Olvera

 

28.       Palomino Stallion, The – Alden Nowlan

 

29.       Perspective – Maxine Kumin

 

30.       Poet Goes to Indiana, The – Mary Oliver

 

31.       Sam’s Race Horse – Marriott Edgar

 

32.       Saturday Matinee – Mary Crow

 

33.       Seahorse – Peter Cooper

 

34.       Seahorse Roundup – Paul D. Haemig

 

35.       Sheridan’s Ride – Thomas Buchanan Read (1822-72)

 

36.       Sleigh-Bells, The – Susanna Moodie

 

37.       Somewhere in Time’s Own Space – Stanley (Cap) Harrison

 

38.       Spring Evening on Blind Mountain – Louise Erdrich

 

39.       Statues in the Park – Billy Collins

 

40.       Team of Workhorses, The – Robert Bly

 

41.       Tennessee Stud – Jimmy Driftwood

 

42.       To the Appaloosa – Mary Lynn Walker

 

43.       Twenty-Fourth Poem About Horses, A – John Peck

 

44.       Weakness – Alden Nowles

 

45.       When I am Old – Jessica (Last Name Unknown)

 

46.       Wild Mares – Ogden McGahan

 

47.       Windhorse – Suzanne Rancourt (Abenaki/Montaignes

 

48.       Winter Sun – Matsuo Basho (trans. Davis Landis Barnhill)

 

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