Equine I Rise To Your Voice

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I feel your four legs walk
Articulating both me and the
Ground we move upon
I wonder if you know how humble I am
Reaching for the soul of your earth
Listening to the beat of your heart
Seeking to find a way Into your world
Ashamed I ask you to fit mine
A touch upon your satin coat
Releases the aroma of grass
Reminders of your ancestral path
Forgive the void of time between
Humanity and your noble nations
How can I ease your bondage
You did not choose
You were born into this world of
Fenced-in limitations
Equine is it enough I hear your plight
I see your sacred innocence
Stepping into the creek to drink water
I feel your reach into its coolness
Quenching our concerns
Gratitude lingers
Your delicate simplicity
Bridging with my respectful admiration
I am committed to rise to your voice

Poetry & Photography by Donnette Hicks 

Inner Alchemy

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A personal inquiry
Into how
The horse
Teaches me
Humility and desire
For my heart
To seek and
Understand
My inherent
Self

Peering Into Existence

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It looked very soft and fragile
Vast and untamed
Swirls of wonder
Uncharted
Unclaimed
I find a moment of expansion
As I realize my size
A universe of grandeur
Right before my eyes
Peering into existence
Formations tussle and curl
Wings of flight
Fumble and furl
Piercing this
Suspended
World

Poetry & Photography  by Donnette Hicks

You’re A Lesson

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You’re a lesson
Not a friend
Teaching wisdom
In the end
My heart is tender
My soul is bright
Fragile crystals
Lift in fright
Frozen spines
Cold with deeds
No longer griped
Fractured Needs
Feel my warmth
Feel my rise
Reflecting love
In my eyes
You’re a lesson
Not a friend
Teaching wisdom
In the
End

Poetry & Photography by Donnette Hicks 

I Trace Your Exisitence

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In the inner quiet
I trace your existence
I feel your fear
Frozen in silence
I still see your beauty
It exists inside of me
I sense sacredness
Among Chaos
Passion
Breaking through your fortress
As I am your reflection
I am love
Whispering through
I am you

Poetry & Photography by Donnette Hicks 

The Heart of an Lioness

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Why do I always love anyway
Because I have the courage
To see innocence
I have the prowess to embrace hate
I have the guts to forgive
I choose to absorb direct hits
Compassion is my reflection
I will not be chained by fear
I will not be tainted by pride
When I am kicked down
I rise with resolution
I stand in gratitude for my trials
I might feel torn and beaten yet
I am limitless in my capacities
Accessing the woman of valor
I am
I will
Love anyway
I advance with
The heart of an
LIONESS

Poetry & Photography by Donnette Hicks
Inspired by Dallas Sweat

Take A Breath And Pause

 

 

I learned to appreciate and acknowledge my horses efforts. Knowing that I desired improvement is one thing. Constantly driving the horse to change is another. The constant desire to do better is a human idea. I had to consider how the horse receives my human energy. I became aware I constantly pressured and pushed for more.

I finally learned the distinction that this undercurrent pathology is born from a false belief that all my efforts are never good enough. This is a human condition which the horse has no understanding of and translates into instant resistance.

The horse can not hold up under this type of drive. They will reflect their unhappiness in both physical and mental suffering. I had to face that I was constantly making things happen.

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I became aware of this through getting in front of a knowledgable clinician who introduced to me to the value of learning to pause and take a breath before asking my horse to do a task.

The horses I worked with soon began to relax and flow underneath me with rhythm and energy. All I needed was to pause and take a breath.

Create relaxation 

Take a breath and pause 

Allow energy to flow 

Effortlessly 

By Donnette Hicks 

 

 

I Stammered in Fright

 

 

I found myself

Allowing you to describe me

Reflections

In your Expression

I faced the pain

I faced the infusion

I felt the brace

Your hearts

Contusion

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I stammered in fright

I tempted flight

I turned in your

Direction

I faced you

Squarely in your mirror

And

Surrendered

 

 

 

Poetry and Photography by Donnette

Kinship in Art

Invigorated exisistance

A formulated dream

To reach my inspired

Artistic being

Creation captured

Beauty in life

Blossoming

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Inspiration

Includes flaws, fractures and strife

Precious connection

Kinship in art

One always knows

A Noble

Heart

 

Poetry and Photography by Donnette Hicks

Inspired by Mary Williams Hyde

 

 

Becoming Conscious

In the beginning, when I first started to observe horses, I instantly found every horse I came in contact with had a different feel about them. I also noticed there was common braces and attitudes within all of them.  I was very unconscious that I was always the constant factor that the horse was always dealing with.  Even though I felt a difference, I did not understand that I had a lack of ability to read the horse’s expression, nor did I understand their needs.  I was unable to make a real difference in how the horse related to me as I did not know I was creating blindly the very brace, fear even spoiled behavior that was before me. I didn’t even know that such things existed in me, let alone the horse.

 

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The first day I began working for the local trainer, Ben Quinters. I had arrived at his faculty at 6:00 am. I spent the morning mucking stalls; along with his larger paddocks. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with horses. I realized that feeding, watering and cleaning the facility was part of my right of passage to be able to interact on some level with the horses themselves.

Up until this point, everything I had learned was from my uncles. They taught me the basics and I thought I was pretty handy. I certainly had some milage on their backs doing day work on ranches as well as other multiple activities.  I was under the illusion that I knew what I was doing. This false sense of knowing ended promptly on my first day of work.

Ben shared that we were going to take some green colts to a water crossing. He had me get up on a two year old mare that had only a few weeks under saddle. The second I sat on her back I felt the unsureness of how she felt about me. Little did I know at the time that the unsureness was mine. We proceeded to go a short distance to the edge of the river bank. I felt that this was going to be an easy task to accomplish and I was very excited to prove what a good hand I was.

This all came to a screeching end when my horse became aware what my intensions were. I began to climb down a steep embankment to enter the heavy flowing river before us. I was filled with embarrassment as I struggled to get the horse to enter the water. Ben began to coach me and for the first time in my young life, I surrendered my ego and listened.

He said “look up to where you are going so the horse feels your intensions”.  I then heard many pearls of wisdom. ” acknowledge her slightest try and reward her smallest change” and “make the right things easy and the wrong things difficult”.

Hours later soaking wet, dirty and self defeated,  I finally succeed in crossing the river that day. I will never forget Ben’s words, “Darling, You have a long way to go and a lot to learn before you get there” I felt gut punched by the truth. I also felt a fire of determination flare inside me as I knew I was willing to do what it would take to learn for the horse’s sake.  That was the day I owned; “I knew absolutely nothing”.  I became willing to remove my pride and become open and conscious for the horse.

Surrendering ego 

Becoming conscious 

To the horses needs 

Facilitates us to understand

Our selves 

By Donnette Hicks 

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