White Pony

Feature Image Above: A sincere thank you to Derrick, of  https://derrickjknight.com  , for allowing me to use this stunning photograph from his wonderful site, of a white/grey horse ambling in the woods. As soon as I saw the photo scene, the eloquent horse immediately captured my eye…

White Pony


If I were to be reincarnated

I’m sure I’d be a tall white pony

A flashy show jumping horse

Who knows his arduous course

Hurdling coloured bars

And clearing hard brush fences


A swimmer, I’ve always been

So the perilous water hazard

Would be a simple breeze

A shadow passed over, with ease

As my reflection in the pond

Magically vanished under my riders wand


Turning sharply on the pitch

Nearing the finishing stretch

I see more obstacles ahead

The doubles and triples, I dread

Without fear, forward I bound

Up, over and gliding down

My red-haired rider, she’s blushing and proud

Hearing loud applause, we bow to the crowd


Explanation: The song I’ve attached below, is from Nick Cave’s new album “Ghosteen”, which was released last week, and then coincidently this track “Bright Horses”, I was listening to at the same time as I was reading/viewing Derrick’s article, with the the white horse in the woods. Hence I was inspired by both of these powerful impressions to write this dreamlike fantasy poem.

Ivor Steven (c) October 2019

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

34 thoughts on “White Pony”

    1. Thank you…. the poem is quite metaphorical…… with me being the white knight in life, and journeying over all the obstacles of my path, and me carrying/caring for my red-haired lady….

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  1. A very beautiful poem to accompany Derrick’s photo of the white pony. I’m not surprised the pony was your inspiration.

    I love Derrick’s online diary and thoroughly enjoy his trips into the New Forest.

    For your readers not in the know, the New Forest is in Hampshire, England. The New Forest is the name of an area as opposed to one area of woodland. It
    gained National Park status in 2005, and includes villages, grazing land and woodland. It’s not new either, it dates back to William the Conqueror in 1079.
    It’s also far too long since I was down that way.

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  2. Derrick is an amazing photographer!
    You are an amazing poet!
    You two pairing up is wonderful!
    I love horses! Their soulful eyes just gleam with wisdom and courage!
    One time I heard this saying “Horses lend us the wings we lack.” 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you dear Carolyn, and yes I’ve been following Derrick’s beautiful site since I started blogging. And it was a great honour for me to have a photo of his on my site, and of course he was naturally very generous. 🤗😊🌿😊

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