Friday, February 1, 2013

Robert Bly: "Watering the Horse"

How strange to think of giving up all ambition!
Suddenly I see with such clear eyes
The white flake of snow
That has just fallen on the horse's mane!

Watering the Horse" by Robert Bly, from Silence in the Snowy Fields. © Wesleyan University Press, 1962.

Photograph: "Snow Horse, Up Close and Personal," by Kelly Angard (originally black and white).


  1. This is one of my favorite poems which I learned in High School in the early 60's. It was presented to us as an example of haiku written by an American poet.

  2. Did I recast Bly's line? I now recall that beautiful line of poetry. At 82 I recalled it as "Oh, to have the ambition of a snowflake." A great insight either way. Blessings


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