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Riding Lesson by Henry Taylor

Post Series: Poetry Thursday

Riding Lesson

by Henry Taylor


I learned two things

from an early riding teacher.

He held a nervous filly

in one hand and gestured

with the other, saying “Listen.

Keep one leg on one side,

the other leg on the other side,

and your mind in the middle.”


He turned and mounted.

She took two steps, the left

the ground, I thought for good.

But she came down hard, humped

her back, swallowed her neck,

and threw her rider as you’d

throw a rock. He rose, brushed

his pants and caught his breath,

and said, “See that’s the way

to do it. When you see

they’re gonna throw you, get off.”

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