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Foal and Mare

Updated on July 31, 2013
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Blazing light bursts in on his vision

joining a cacophony of sound.

Overwhelming sensations

of a light breeze

tickle his wet coat

and warmth envelopes him

like a comforting blanket.

A deep breath pulls in morning air

musky over the tongue

and a heavy aroma fills his nostrils.

Sensations foreign

fill his big brown eyes

with bewildering images.

Wavy hair on his neck fluttering

and a smell sublime to the newborn foal;

the odor of the equine

the sensing of his mother

and the overwhelming allure of the mares milk.

Some instinctual calling commands his legs

and he pushes upward.

He feels his trembling legs

flexing, lifting.

He wobbles in place and staggers

but his legs seem to know where to go

and they extend, holding him upright.

From this new vantage point

he is able to see much more around him.

A large figure looms in front of him

and gently touches her nose against his.

Instantly, he is overcome with a sensation

of security, comfort, love, and hunger.

The craving draws him in

and nestled into mother, he feeds

relishing the filling contentment

until intoxicated with the experience

of new senses, nourishment, and bonding

he sleepily staggers away

unsure about the feeling

until with a soft nickering

the dam reassures him

that he can follow this new sense

down into a soft spot on the grass

where he can slowly drift off

into a foals dream of following

the galloping images he espies

on the horizon beyond

the guarding mare.



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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      It is truly a wonderful poem that can make the reader see, hear and even touch and smell and taste through the imagery! You have achieved all of that here Wayne!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      wayne barrett this was so visual.. voted awesome :)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marvelous -- thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love this, Wayne. I'm always amazed at how soon foals stand up and begin walking. Seeing the interaction between Mama and baby is so touching and gentle. Love this! You are a very talented artist, my friend.

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      Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Very visual piece Wayne, the words bringing you into the scene, with all senses. Great work my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for stopping by Jennifer.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Very creative piece!Very talented!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      I hope you don't mind if I share this one on FB. Between the beauty of the animals themselves as you paint them on canvas and with the written word, the 'inside information' of the sensations of the newborn (are you a magician to be able to imagine so graphically?) & the love and relationship of mother and baby, I know many of my friends on FB will love it! In fact one of my nieces, Lyric Maxey, is a riding instructor.

      Thank you for another great one, Wayne! You never disappoint!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nellieanna, I thank you, and you needn't even ask; I appreciate any share on Facebook or anywhere else you wish to share it.

      I also thank you for your compliment to my art. You are a dear!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Frank.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Great poetry. I love your pictures too.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Eric, thank you very much.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, dear Sha!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Tony.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Mares have great maternal instincts, which you've captured beautifully. Thanks for sharing, Wayne!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful Wayne I loved it and vote up.

      Eddy.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      James, thank you for the visit.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Mylindaelliot.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Michelle. I'm am glad you enjoyed the piece.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh joy, Dearest Wayne, I just love it when you include your wonderful art, coupled with the natural beauty of the interaction between mother and baby which you have visually painted most beautifully with your words! Voted up and more and sharing Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you so much, Faith. I'm glad you enjoyed this one.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That sounds so perfect, Wayne. I went to see my "neigh"bor today, gave him a little hay and a few oats. He enjoyed his salt lick, then came outside, where I snapped a few pictures of a fine and wonderful friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      And if I saw those pictures you snapped, Deb, I'm sure I would want to start printing.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Those are beautiful shots Deb. You're Neigh-bor is gorgeous. You are a very talented photographer.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you. My pleasure. And truth is truth!! :-)

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