Jody’s Poem, “Have you seen the horses running?”

Have you seen the horses running?

Have you seen the horses running
racing through the fields like fire
copper, chestnut, gold and amber
all the colours of desire

In the golden Halloween weather
seven friends ride out together
scent of hay and the crisp scent of new leather
and all the horses running

above the water in Vancouver
the mountains rise like thunder
below, the water in the ocean goes on forever
Kelly relaxed on the big grey
Dianna laughing on the little bay
when time all at once time falls away
like all the horses running…..

back when I turned thirteen
when I bought my first horse
the horses moving like a dream
the summer living at the farm

galloping on hacks with Katie
up and down the hills in our secret spot
jumping whatever got in our way
and all the horses running

Galloping down the beach with Vanessa in Dahab, Egypt
the sound of the horses hooves on the sand
Miles and miles of bare untouched sand
One time in my life I felt in total control
in my ears was the reassuring sound
like all the horses running

let those who pray have their heaven
unsure and unforgiving
let this day be my religion
the sand and water rushing past me

For I have seen the horses running
all the colours of desire
copper, chestnut, gold and amber
they’re in my blood like fire

Poem – Complete Freedom

A poem Jody wrote during her years of sit-ski training.

Complete Freedom

Looking down at the beautiful valley below you
From the peak of the mountains,
the glimmering white capped forest running beside the downhill slope
the beauty of the downhill valley slope only entices you to ski past
and feel the air whipping at your face as you go past

The feeling is such a rush as if you are going somewhere
no one has dared to go before
Now that you are in a sit-ski,
the rush does not falter, it is perhaps more exciting
the same speed, perhaps faster,
only NOW you have the feeling of COMPLETE FREEDOM

You wheel yourself onto the dock, and get in your boat
Excited!! you are about to go whooshing through the water
at incredible speeds, while making sure that you are on course
Hitting waves as you zoom into them

Laughing and looking for more waves
to smack head on and shock the system yet again
the warm air hitting your face as you zoom past
the complete wreck loose feeling

Needing assistance to get on,
completely guarded from guiding the horse on your own
Independence=being unregulated and doing your own thing
FINALLY: am able to get the same rush from riding that had before.
start riding regularly. Falling Off regularly =teacher of how to ride safely

fall in love with and luckily BUY a horse
becomes best friend
going out in wilderness with beautifully coloured
fall leaves crackling with every step the horse takes
the rush as you trot with the crisp air
hitting your face

Feeling like you are in complete control
of this trusting and loving huge beast below you
having her do precise movements simply because you tell her to
Practicing every day to master the technique

The entire experience = COMPLETE FREEDOM