you know what hurts
besides hitting the bold key by accident
he will never love you
too many of ‘those’ women
prancing the inside lane
you’re not even allowed near the thoroughbreds
at best, you’re a mudder –
on a good day
if he enjoyed plowing the fields
and sweating under winter’s sun
he might appreciate your broad shoulders
wide wrists
and footsteps that echo


horses, giraffes – who knows – painted for an exhibit long ago entitled, “Creatured”

30 thoughts on “mudder

  1. More gorgeous words in the service of serious verse, Miss. Makes me shudder at its beauty.

    And I have to tell you this: What do you suppose my tomorrow’s post is about: yep, horses (I wrote it Sunday). Woowoo, again. πŸ™‚ And I admire your horses — I found drawing these creatures to be way beyond my reach (in fact, I’m not even in the horse race).


  2. Somewhat of a sad story, but that I am sure would end happily ever after. The horses are truly interesting. At first I felt I was back in the game reserve, in Kenya. That was a lovely feeling as it brings peace of mind watching the animals strolling around, enjoying life as they should.


      • Happy endings are nice.
        I was working on a geothermal development project teaching Kenyan’s how to run a warehouse. It just happened that we had to drive into the Hell’s Gate National Park each day. It was beautiful to see so much wildlife. As well, it was very peaceful and the locals were very warm, wonderful people.


      • We all want those happy ending or die trying πŸ™‚
        Geothermal…Hells Gate…Wildlife…peaceful….people
        There is an fascinating story start with just those few words. Your experience sounds nothing short of amazing. Thank you for sharing. One of my dreams one day is to see Africa…and her spectacular wildlife.

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      • It was wonderful AnnMarie. You can go on a safari with your family and a camera. That will truly enrich your life. I did so in the Masai Mara National Game Reserve, and it was spectacular!


      • Sounds wonderful.
        About nine years ago, I wrote a middle reader story that included a Masai warrior (I did quite a bit of research, but alas, have forgotten quite a bit too). Never got the darn thing published – one day I’ll return to all my old manuscripts and see if there’s anything worth salvaging.
        You had quite the interesting time of it, Alan – you must have many terrific stories!
        I have an excellent blogging friend – Simon Tocclo, his blog is Liberian Me. Simon is constantly working to improve the lives of the Liberian people… He’s either still in Africa or has just returned to Sweden – I think – it’s difficult keeping track, Simon is quite the traveler.
        Have a wonderful day, Alan. It’s been quite nice getting to know your background a bit. You should do an ‘About’ – unless I just missed it.
        annmarie πŸ™‚

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      • You should use the word “Rejuvenate” verses “Salvaging” AnneMarie. You have so much to say and do so in a wonderful way and of course the artwork is brilliant.

        My thanks to you, as you opened a door for me with your comments about stories and poetry. I can see a caldron with my name on it with your description about nonfiction and Harry Potter :o) Oh, I did have an About but it was aimed at Excel. I got busy with the other writing and got lost for a bit.

        Do keep writing young lady, [oops, there I go again ;o)] as you bring a breath of fresh air to this community. I’ll post the Safari soon. It’s a beginners go at it but I am having fun with it.

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      • You know the word “rejuvenate” – and perhaps this is a lady thing – brings wrinkle cream to my mind, though “salvaging” certainly has its own compliment of questionable images πŸ˜‰
        I do have many an occult book on my studio shelves – collected for another writing project I was working on a few years ago. I do like fancying myself magical from time to time πŸ˜‰
        I hope you plan on creating another “about” you have much to write.
        And thank you, Alan for all your kind and encouraging comments. I do so appreciate them. Would love to see the Safari!
        annmarie πŸ™‚

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  3. ohhhhhh…..I’m just catching up after being gone the long weekend. While the Muse poem made me think and feel…..Mudder just brings a smile to my face and an out loud chuckle when I finished! Yep — sometimes we all feel like a mudder, right? ….projecting it into today’s reality, sadly the media and photo brushed pictures on magazine fronts create the comparison for us every day. But here, this is wonderful and points us the usefulness too in a smiling way. Love this! And….hmmm I wondered about the animals when I noticed the knobs on the heads…..then read your caption below the drawing. How about we name them “unicorns in waiting” …. magical beasts where mudders are udderly delicious! πŸ™‚


    • This was a fun one. I was influenced by the recent Derby.
      One gets tired of the plethora of idealized images out there – especially, when it comes raising children. Making sure, they always separate fact from fantasy when it comes to self-image…
      The art was part of a series of about 20 pieces – all morphs – all kooky.
      I like your angle, “unicorns.”

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