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Riding Bareback

October 18, 2008

For Heather and others in the soulfood writing networks.

Keep on riding bareback until you are free
through the wilderness
all around you and me.

Keep on riding bareback until you can write
and writing is no longer
a fight or your only light.

Keep on riding bareback until you reach the sea
and see the journey was your liberty.

Keep on riding bareback through your first draft
realise when it’s time to polish your craft.

Keep on riding bareback like those of the past
like those of the future,
like those of the present
you won’t be the last…

(c) June Perkins

painting a sunny day

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10 comments

  1. this picture really caught my eye with its vibrant colors yet pfeaceful scene. And so true are the words.


  2. Wonderful words and an incredible picture.


  3. Hi June ,
    You have described me in your Poem,
    it takes some getting onto that horse and staying in the saddle I fell off many times over the past 12 years but got right back on and living beside the sea was as much a healing tool as were the determination of myself and my friends to make the journey.
    Your landscape reminded my of the inner journey to the outback of Australia where colours of mauve and pinks are to be seen as the sun sets at night coming down behind escarpments of the oldest continent in the world.
    Like you I write every day not only on the computer but in my diary and to friends who often say they await the next chapter..its life I write to them about and what happens in my world,my day and my life which I see as a blessed one.
    We have not been introduced June but I feel I know you through your writing.

    Lois ( Muse of the Sea) Tuesday 21/10/08
    (and Priscilla’s Sister Druscilla)


  4. Wonderful painting, fun poem, not sure about surviving the last fall but hope the others all get back on the beast! thank, June, Fran


  5. Lois what a beautiful letter explaining your writing journey (: thanks for sharing your experiences.
    Throughout my life I have been drawn to the red earth, and to the ocean.

    Hello Fran, your writing is very precious and I have been enjoying it. It enriches the world when people share their stories.


  6. Powerful poem, and inspiring, June. Thanks so much for sharing it. The image is gorgeous, BTW.


  7. Very good advice! And a stunning picture to boot.


  8. As the Harley-Davidson motorcylists say, “Live to ride – ride to live!” And here’s hoping it is a wild, wonderous ride through our imaginations!


  9. Hmm I like the idea of you writing about riding on your motorbike (:


  10. Reblogged this on Pearlz Dreaming and commented:

    A poem for Soul Fooders.



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