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Linda Lee (Konichek)


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The wonder of it all…
almost a year of waiting
a week of sleepless nights

Finally    this
the mare presents
one    tiny   perfect   hoof

encased in an iridescent bubble
as magical as those we blew
through childhood’s wands

We wait   breathless
for one more miniature hoof
Next the milky sphere
reveals 

a baby nose,
nostrils already flaring
trying to breathe.

Like an axed tree
    the mare
      drops

In one convulsive heave
the bubble bursts expelling 
a flawless foal

Its little whinny is answered
by a low encouraging
nicker of love

We are awed to silence. . .
miracles take place in a stable

From Celebrating the Heart-land (Jericho Productions, 2009).
Used with the author’s permission.

 

 

 

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Linda Lee (Konichek) is a textbook author, entrepreneur, and former teacher who has always loved poetry, horses, and Wisconsin--not necessarily in that order. For the past twenty-five years, she has raised Morab horses (a cross between Morgans and Arabians) on a 114-acre farm in Eagle, Wisconsin; her poems tend to reflect the every day miracles that surround her there. Learn more about Linda at www.jerichocreekfarms.com.

 


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transitions:
Isn't "Wisconsin" lucky to gain such a beautiful life... and poem.
Posted 04/01/2011 02:32 PM
pwax:
Beautiful, Linda! Words well chosen (and no unnecessary ones). And your spacing, the placement of lines, enhance what's happening. Thanks for the photo, too. Phyllis
Posted 03/30/2011 10:44 AM
Jo:
Linda, How beautifully you have expressed the birthing of Bella. I can't wait to see her--and you.
Posted 03/30/2011 10:28 AM
KevinArnold:
Ah yes, nicker of love.
Posted 03/30/2011 09:14 AM
Ben Bulben:
Loved the poem, especially the image of the "iridescent bubble/as magical as those we blew/through childhood's wands" For me, that brought the whole poem together!
Posted 03/30/2011 08:43 AM
Anjie:
I don't know why, but the last line brings me a few happy tears. This is beautiful, Linda. I miss you all! <3
Posted 03/30/2011 08:00 AM
vawomann:
LOVED IT!!
Posted 03/30/2011 07:44 AM
dotief@comcast.net:
Really nice!
Posted 03/30/2011 07:14 AM
cbaustin:
beautiful poem.
Posted 03/30/2011 06:57 AM


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