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Horse Poems - 45

The favorite poem for 2005,
Forty-five Poems for Nico Wind,
is "For My Daughter on Her Twenty-first Birthday"
by Ellen Bass.
My favorite of 45 poems for 2005 is poem that, when I first read it, made me sob because of the closeness of its words to how I feel about my own beautiful girl, Nico: "For My Daughter on Her Twenty-first Birthday" by Ellen Bass.  


When they laid you in the crook
of my arms like a bouquet and I looked
into your eyes, dark bits of evening sky,
I thought, of course this is you,
like a person who has never seen the sea
can recognize it instantly.

They pulled you from me like a cork
and all the love flowed out. I adored you
with the squandering passion of spring
that shoots green from every pore.

You dug me out like a well. You lit
the deadwood of my heart. You pinned me
to the earth with the points of stars.

I was sure that kind of love would be
enough. I thought I was your mother.
How could I have known that over and over
you would crack the sky like lightning,
illuminating all my fears, my weaknesses, my sins.

Massive the burden this flesh
must learn to bear, like mules of love.


Bass, Ellen

Mules of Love.  Rochester:  BOA Editions.  2002.




1.      A Little Perspective – Willis Lamm,


2.      A Moment at Dusk – Kimberly Freeman


3.      Absence – Billy Collins

          Nine Horses: Poems. New York: Random House. 2002.


4.      Alex – Mary Oliver

          New and Selected Poems. Boston: Beacon Press. 1992.


5.      All Through the Rains – Gary Snider

           No Nature: New and Selected Poems. NY: Pantheon, 1992.


6.      Appaloosa Mare, The – Hilma (Volcano) Volk


7.      August 1972 – Adrienne Rich

          Berg, Stephen, Bonanno, David, and Vogelsang,

          Arthur (eds.) The Body Electric: America's Best

          Poetry from The American Poetry Review.

          New York:  W.W. Norton & Co. 2000.


8.      Beneath a Portrait of a Horse – Anne Hanley

          Summer Solstice 2001 edition of “Ice-Floe:

          International Poetry of the Far North.”


9.      Birth of the Foal – Ferenc Juhasz

          Heaney, Seamus and Hughes, Ted (eds.) 

          The Rattle Bag.   London: Faber and Faber. 1982.


10.    Black Beauty – Judith Barrington

          Horses and the Human Soul. Ashland, OR:

          Story Line Press. 2004.


11.    Bronco That Would Not Be Broken, The – Vachel Lindsay


12.    Buffalo Bill – Carl Sandburg

          Cornhuskers. NY: Henry Holt & Co. 1918.


13.    Burial of the Minnisink – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



14.    Clip Clop (Ode to Equus) – Barns and Barns


15.    Earth and I Gave You Turquoise – N. Scott Momaday

          Niatum, Duane (ed.) Harper’s Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry. San Francisco: Harper & Row. 1988.


16.    For My Daughter On Her Twenty-First Birthday – Ellen Bass

          Mules of Love. Rochester: BOA Editions. 2002.


17.    Harvest – Judith Barrington

          Horses and the Human Soul. Ashland, OR: Story Line Press. 2004.


18.    Here’s Your Mule – C.D. Benson

19.    Horse – John Donne


20.    Horse, The – Ronald Duncan

          Way, Olwen (ed.) The Poetry of Horses. London:

J.A. Allen. 1994.


21.    Horse Pavillion, The – Elizabeth Harvor

          Horvor, Elizabeth. Fortress of Chairs. Montreal: Vehicule. 1992.


22.    Horses – Annalynn Hammond


23.    Iron Horse of Winter – Patrick Boyd

          Bovee, Timothy (ed.) Day-Poems (#1684),


24.    Jingle Bells (One-Horse Open Sleigh) – James Lord Pierpont


25.    Just Horsing Around – Grandpa Tucker


26.    Lippinzaner, The – Edvard Kochek


27.    Living Without Horses – Judith Barrington

          Horses and the Human Soul. Ashland, OR: Story Line Press.  2004.


28.    Man From Snowy River, The – Banjo Paterson

          The Complete Works of Banjo Peterson. Melbourne: Landsdowne Press. 1983


29.    Matins – Andrease Embiricos


30.    Mr. Ed – Ray Evans and Jay Livingston


31.    Nine Horses – Billy Collins

          Nine Horses: Poems. NY: Random House. 2002.


32.    Ode to Equus – Kimberly Freeman


33.    Old Whim Horse, The – Edward Dyson


34.    One Man Watches a Horse Race – Wendy Battin

          In the Solar Wind. Pratteville: Ashland Poetry Pr. 1997


35.    Poet, The – Judith Barrington

          Horses and the Human Soul. Ashland, OR: Story Line Press. 2004.


36.    Ride A Cock Horse – Mother Goose (Public Domaine)


37.    Ride Me Down Easy – Author Unknown


38.    Skyball Paint – Author Unknown


39.    Source – Mark Doty - Source.  NY: Harper Books. 2004.


40.    Stewball – Folk Song


41.    Taku Skanskan – Paula Gunn Allen

          Niatum, Duane (ed.) Harper’s Anthology of 20th Century Native       American Poetry.       San Francisco: Harper & Row. 1988.


42.    We came into this life all naked and bare – Anonymous



43.    White Horse – Mac McAnear


44.    Why Young Girls Like to Ride Bareback – Judith Barrington

          Horses and the Human Soul. Ashland, OR: Story Line Press.  2004.


45.    Wild Horse, The – Yadollah Maftoun Amini