Georgia and Romeo
Photo by Director Eileen Thompson
Our family has been part of Sprucelands Horseback Riding Camp in Java Center, NY for three years now, and we adore our summer days there, learning and laughing with friends. Each year, I am moved to see deep bonds form between campers and their horses. Tacking up, in the ring, and on the trail, horses pay close attention to their riders, sensitive to mood and temperament. Eileen and her riding instructors teach campers to listen and to show their horses gratitude and love.
In return, horses give right back. Somehow, troubles from the outside world vanish when we care for an animal. We lose ourselves, and worries drop away as we give and receive love.
Students - everyone has places that make us feel certain ways: safe, sad, complete, worried, scared, happy, connected. If you're ever unsure of what to write, thinking about a place is a good way to begin. Because I know that many people feel content with horses, I wanted my poem to feel like it could be about about any barn or field or wood. This is why I did not name Sprucelands in my poem; I hope a reader will imagine his or her own horse place. I think about this often: how can I make my poem specific and universal at the same time?
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