Magnificent ship tossed along the rough seas.
The Spanish galleon carrying ill-gotten gold
struggles to stay afloat.
In the hold deep below the water line,
little ponies struggle to stay on their feet.
The tossing and churning of the sea threatens to
take all passengers–human and horse–
to the depths of the ocean.
A cry of “Land ho!” gives rise to hope, yet
with ear-popping explosions, the ship
is ripped in two, sending pirates and ponies
flailing into the rugged seas.
Each one on his own, they make for the small dot of land.
One by one human and horse begin to go down,
down below the sea,
down to the sandy floor,
down to become fodder for fish.
Only a lucky few ponies manage to swim to the island.
The morning brings calm to the beach,
and a small band begins to explore the salt marshes.
Without pirate keepers, the ponies enjoy a wild freedom
to sleep on the beach and munch on the grasses
with nary a thought to their lost masters.
So their lives continue from season to season and
generation to generation, a new home for centuries to come.
I was lucky enough to visit both the Maryland and Virginia sides of Assateague Island several years ago, and I was completely enchanted with its beauty as well as the ponies who still live on the island. It is certainly a place I would love to return to some time. When the theme for this week’s Monday Potluck was announced as “beaches and mountains” I knew immediately, I wanted to write about this remarkable place.
For more information on the Assateague ponies, click HERE.
To read more poems linked to the Poetry Potluck, click HERE.
It is really a wonderful place and it draws the attention of my heart and mind. I can’t stop to imagine how beautiful this place is. Have a good day.
Amazing poem! Perfect for potluck…plus you have no idea how bad I want to visit this island…I feel like I got a bit of a tour through your words…All The Wild Horses by Ray Lamontagne at link below! Enjoy
Your desciption of the area and love of the animals is motivation to visit. Thanks for you poem.
Your affection for animals is truly evident here. Nicely done.
Luke @ WordSalad
you took us there with your words, Teresa! 🙂 lovely poem!
My entries at the Potluck are Lonely, Waves & Morning Mist. Do visit if you can 🙂
Interesting pictures and a great tale!
A wonderful one again here!! Ponies are so nice.. You have the rare ability to whip a poem with words with what you have in mind so beautifully..
this is a wonderful poem! I like the time frame of the story. I also love the pics, as I am fascinated by wild horses. Bravo!
Wow…beautiful place…this is my first time knowing this, great work!=P
Beautifully unique place, Assateague Island…your poem is the same. Lovely write 🙂
oh very nice post- I learn something new everyday! I want to go see these dear ponies too!
I have also been there and know of this true life wonder…fantastic are you to highlight it.Bravo!
I have heard of this place. What you wrote is really wonderful! I loved it! Thanks
Beautiful work! Like where you went with the theme–sounds like a wonderful place, with a lot of rich history, and you depict it splendidly. Great imagery.
This came more like a movie which I acted. Your words were visual…I enjoyed the story telling nature of this poem…fantastic.
Lucky indeed! Lovely, Teresa! I love that the ponies are still there…
Great piece and imagery .. made me feel like visiting the place, i enjoyed it so much.. t
जय दुर्गा जी, जय काली माँ
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Oh lovely! Your poem brings back wonderful memories of Assateague Island and the ponies, though it feels like a lifetime ago that I was there.
Great post…informative and vivid…thanks for sharing this.
Awesome. Well, the ponies do need their freedom. Here’s mine
it looks like a peaceful and lovely place to be,
love your poem about these more….
Your poem makes me want to visit this place! So grateful you shared it. evocative words and images.
Felt as if I was there in the moment with you, an absolute stunning poem, so beautifully written. Would love to be there and expreience it one day! Thanks for linking with potluck my dear friend xxx