Horses Near Fort William

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse04 Nov 2014

I walked alone that day
In shadow
Cast by mountains.

Where a solitary tree
Stooped to greet
A lead-grey loch

They waited side by side
Immense in their dignity,
Glossy black flanks

Rippling with latent power,
Noble heads tossing.
I gave them

Only soft words
And a gentle hand,
Touching a quiet acceptance

Of long days
And short lives
Faced together.