Poetry Friday: Thank you, Stormy

January 21st, 2011

Here is a great poem if you want to practice some visualizing on your own on this Poetry Friday. It’s from Nancy Springer’s book, Music of Their Hooves (1994), and it appears in Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos’ recent title Teaching for Deep Comprehension. Enjoy!

Thank you, Stormy
Nancy Springer

My horse I’m writing you
To thank you for taking me
Up the wildflower trail
Where the air smelled like angels

And getting me around the fallen tree
And being calm when the grapevine
Grabbed you under the belly
And backing up when I asked you to
Even though you don’t like to do it

Thank you for bringing me home
When I got kind of lost
Up there on the mountain
And thank you for standing still
As a tree trunk when we met up with
The skunk

I promise I will bring you
Wild pears like the deer eat
And shampoo your mane and tail
And never let your water go dry

I’m not a perfect human
You are not a perfect horse
Buyt today we were a team
Thank you Stormy
I love you

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  • 1. Mary Lee  |  January 21st, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I’m thinking of my cousins’ Shetland pony named Stormy who threw me into ditches and barbed wire fences. The note I would write to that Stormy would be VERY different from this one!

  • 2. laurasalas  |  January 24th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Awww…I love this one. So sweet and great details, and love the internal rhyme and the kid voice. Thanks!

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