Haiku

Horse Haiku of the Day, by Jane Polk

Horse life in 17 syllables.
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Photo courtesy of Jane Polk

Each morning we release a fresh new horsey haiku (or set of haikus!) into the Internet ether. Today’s haikus come from Jane Polk, who explains, “After an exhilarating day foxhunting with The Camden Hunt in South Carolina, I penned these haikus about my experience.”

Take it away, Jane!

The Hunt Master speaks

Distracted hounds stand alert,

prepared for the chase.

In full cry we run

through sandy trails of Camden

I smile, breathless.

(Jane notes: “smile” is two syllables in this Southerner’s vocabulary!

Happy wagging tails

follow hounds’ mindful noses

Foxes take cover.

Heed the Hunt Master

You shall not be forgiven

for upsetting him.

Thanks for allowing us to live vicariously through your hunting adventure, Jane! Before we head out, here’s one more for the road:

Send us your haikus

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Email your own horse haiku (a three-line poem with 5-7-5 syllables per line) to [email protected] Include a photo of your haiku’s equine inspiration if you like!

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Horse Haiku of the Day, by Jane Polk

Horse life in 17 syllables.

Each morning we release a fresh new horsey haiku (or batch of haikus!) into the Internet ether. Today’s haikus come from reader Jane Polk and her equine muse, Molly.

“Molly, a 13 year old Belgian mare, was a classic Craigslist find,” Jane explains. “Purchased/rescued from a petting zoo as a mount for my husband, she has exceeded our expectations in every way imaginable. Here are some Haikus about our favorite Belgian.”

My draft horse loves mash

She slurps it up sloppily

And licks her dish clean

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My Belgian Molly

Nickers and stomps for beet pulp

Muzzle slobbery

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I now know better

Then to stand between my draft

And her mash. Good lord!

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My draft horse makes sport

Of colliding with jumps.

She laughs. I repair.

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Love it, Jane! Thanks for sharing — Molly sounds like quite the character, and mash-aholic! Before we head out, one more for haiku from all of us here at Horse Nation:

Send us your haikus

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Horse Nation needs you

Email your own horse haiku (a three-line poem with 5-7-5 syllables per line) to [email protected] Include a photo of your haiku’s equine inspiration if you like!

Go Riding.

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Horse Haiku of the Day, by Leslie Wylie

Horse life in 17 syllables.

Each morning we release a fresh new horsey haiku into the Internet ether. Today’s haiku comes from yours truly, HN commander-in-chief Leslie Wylie.

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Seriously, I need these boots. (OK, so “need” is a strong word.) Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Bank account dwindling

Tack store was bad idea

Yay for credit cards!

That one is based on a true story. Before we head out, one more for haiku from all of us here at Horse Nation:

Send us your haikus

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Email your own horse haiku (a three-line poem with 5-7-5 syllables per line) to [email protected] Include a photo of your haiku’s equine inspiration if you like!

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Horse Haiku of the Day, by Melanie laCour

Horse life in 17 syllables.
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Photo: Leslie Wylie/Horse Nation

Each morning we release a fresh new horsey haiku into the Internet ether. Today’s haikus come from reader Melanie laCour from Bismarck, North Dakota.

Sun has not risen

Temp is at eighteen below

Time to muck these stalls

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Photo: Leslie Wylie/Horse Nation

Good luck with that, Melanie! As a southern hot-house flower myself I have no idea how you folks up there do it.

Before we head out, one more for haiku from all of us here at Horse Nation:

Send us your haikus

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Horse Nation needs you

Email your own horse haiku (a three-line poem with 5-7-5 syllables per line) to [email protected] Include a photo of your haiku’s equine inspiration if you like!

Go Riding.

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Horse Haikus of the Day, by Laurie Jakobsen

Horse life in 17 syllables.
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Laurie and her horse (they leave their pink polos at home on horse show days)

Each morning we release a fresh new horsey haiku (or set of haikus!) into the Internet ether. Today’s haikus come from reader Laurie Jakobsen.

Laurie writes, “Here are some from a city dweller perspective.”

Commute from the city

Inhale barn air deep, relax.

Best moment of week.

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Apartment building

Washer/dryer. Sneak saddle

pads, polos in — pray.

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Matching shirt, wraps, pad.

Would George approve? Not in pink,

frowning trainer says.

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Quick stop at Costco

after lesson this morning.

No fashion statement.

Thanks for sharing, Laurie! Before we head one, one more for haiku from all of us here at Horse Nation:

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Email your own horse haiku (a three-line poem with 5-7-5 syllables per line) to [email protected] Include a photo of your haiku’s equine inspiration if you like!

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Horse Haiku of the Day, by Margaux Lavenue

Horse life in 17 syllables.

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Each morning we release a fresh new horsey haiku (or set of haikus!) into the Internet ether. Today’s haikus come from reader Margaux Lavenue.

Sometimes I feel like
My horse only likes me when
I have  food for him

My nighttime prayer
Before all of the horse shows:
PLEASE NO LONGSPOTS GOD

It’s show day, all dressed
My horses mouth is covered with
Slime he’ll wipe on me

I wish that I could
Train boys like I train my horse
And just give them food

My horse got a new
Blanket for $300
The next day, it’s ripped

When I have food, I
Am god to my horse and when
I don’t, I’m nothing

Thanks for sharing, Margaux! Before we head one, one more for haiku from all of us here at Horse Nation:

Send us your haikus

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Horse Nation needs you

Email your own horse haiku (a three-line poem with 5-7-5 syllables per line) to [email protected] Include a photo of your haiku’s equine inspiration if you like!

Go Riding.

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Horse Haiku of the Day, by Rachel Olsen

Horse life in 17 syllables.

Each morning we release a fresh new horsey haiku into the Internet ether. Today’s haiku and accompanying photo comes from reader Rachel Olson.

Cuddly little foal

Was going to do homework

Sleeping here instead

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What a cutie! Just show that photo to your teacher — surely he or she will understand. Who could resist?

Before we go, one more for haiku from all of us here at Horse Nation…

Send us your haikus

5-7-5, it’s easy

Horse Nation needs you

Email your own horse haiku (a three-line poem with 5-7-5 syllables per line) to [email protected] Include a photo of your haiku’s equine inspiration if you like!

Go Riding.

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Horse Haikus of the Day, by Jenny Gray

Horse life in 17 syllables.

Each morning we release a fresh new horsey haiku (or set of haikus!) into the Internet ether. Today’s haikus and accompanying photos come from reader Jenny Gray. Here we go!

Rosie lays ears back

Lillie backs fast in terror

Guess who gets fed first?

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Bend in the corners

Keep a firm contact softly

Horse goes round, I smile

 

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Thanks for sharing, Jenny! One more for haiku from all of us here at Horse Nation…

Send us your haikus

5-7-5, it’s easy

Horse Nation needs you

Email your own horse haiku (a three-line poem with 5-7-5 syllables per line) to [email protected] Include a photo of your haiku’s equine inspiration if you like!

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Horse Haiku of the Day, by Erin Recke

Horse life in 17 syllables.

Each morning we release a fresh new horsey haiku into the Internet ether. Today’s haikus come from reader Erin Recke.

Erin & Guinness

Erin & Guinness

Guinness, you’re a spaz.

You think you see dead people,

But don’t buck me off.

Thanks for sharing, Erin! Guinness is quite the character, I gather.

One more for haiku from all of us here at Horse Nation…

Send us your haikus

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Email your own horse haiku (a three-line poem with 5-7-5 syllables per line) to [email protected] Include a photo of your haiku’s equine inspiration if you like!

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Horse Haikus of the Day, by Victoria Lachelle Henderson

Horse life in 17 syllables.

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Today’s haikus are brought to you by reader Victoria Lachelle Henderson, who explains, “OK, I had entirely too much fun with these while I was bored at work… some are bad. Some are REALLY bad.”

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Trainer says: no bling.
But I like tack that sparkles.
Glitter all the things!

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The first jump on course:
Long approach, single oxer.
Jesus, take the wheel.

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Trainer says: heels down.
Shoulders back. Thumbs up. Wrists straight.
Don’t forget to breathe.

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Trainer says: count strides.
One, Two, Three, Oops. Big long spot.
Pray I don’t fall off.

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Trainer says: more leg.
But my horse is so lazy.
Go, horse! My legs hurt.

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We love them all, Victoria! One more for ya from all of us here at Horse Nation…

Send us your haikus
5-7-5, it’s easy
Horse Nation needs you

Email your own horse haiku (a three-line poem with 5-7-5 syllables per line) to [email protected] Include a photo of your haiku’s equine inspiration if you like!

Go Riding.

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