Wednesday, October 1, 2008

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 on 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, then 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
you do it. When you see
they're gonna throw you, get off."

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