Saw this picture and thought of you, then of horses, then the sea:
There's a couple in a car in a kiss for a director who stands close
beside them with a camera and its man. There's a megaphone. The car's
on a cliff and below is the ocean so I see again my friend's mare's
somersault through a hidden shoreline pool. We were kids near the surf
and the tide had come up. We should've known better but in the moment
knew best just the gallop, the waves' crash, our ears plugged with
pulse and the wind of our running. Our horses weren't entirely
convinced but we urged them onwards, pressing legs to their bends to
break away. Then the somersault and the girl off in the water and her
mare streaking back how we'd come, field tail salt-snarled and flagged.
There were tourists walking with shoes in their hands, gulls swooping,
and the day had turned fine, having begun fogged but by then the sun
burning through, horizon visibly distant. I don't know how no neck
snapped or the mare's coming back but she did and the girl got on again
because you come off a horse you get back on was the rule. And she
cranked her reins tight and the mare's head stood high in the haze and
their eyes rolled a little and that friend was tougher than I'd've
been, cruise speeds soon again reached in all our herd's thunder.
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