Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Artistic Interpretations
(posted by Margaret) – Write a poem for one or more of the images

Welcome to Artistic Interpretations. Inspiration is found in nature, museums, and … at county fairs. These works of art are diverse in medium and age range, and created by “amateurs”.

All Art work from NC County Fair – Asheville


I am just a scaredy-
horse. They all set
a course for descending
the mountain. Just can’t
seem to pony up, get my knobby
legs to stop shaking. Making
a fool of myself up here
alone. Need to put my feet
down with assurance, hold
my head up, whinny a time
or two, maybe toss in
a snort for good measure.
I hear them neighing at me
from the valley. Sally
is laughing at me. I did
so want to make a good
impression on her. Oh well,
I guess I’ll trot on back
to the barn. Listen to
those silly chickens spinning 
yarns. Heard them all before.
Maybe next time, I will have
more courage, go down that
mountain, and stop being
just a scaredy-horse.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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12 Responses to Henry

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    It is hard for a scaredy-horse, when humans expect so much of them. I empathized with the horse in this poem, kiddo.

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  2. Sangbad says:

    Well written…by the way wrote an Erasure Poem based on Plath poem…hope you’ll visit soon…


  3. Horses are a fright/flight animal – but they also “pony” up quite often — beware any dog or coyote that would dare get into my horse’s pasture – I’ve seen him take off after huge dogs and they were lucky to get away with their life! “…chickens spinning yarns ” that’s a great take on all their clucking 🙂


  4. jazzytower says:

    Sounds like a fun chsllenge:) I like this.


  5. jazzbumpa says:

    maybe next time . . .

    it takes some strong motivation to break the circle of fear
    not sure henry has it in him



  6. We’re all scaredy horses at times.. Your words work so well with the image


  7. Poor little horse… so hard not to have the courage to fail just a little bit.

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