Trino Chan

Rookie (Hong Kong)

A Horse With No Name - Poem by Trino Chan

A mild breeze is blowing along the vast grassland,
the sun is glowing brightly above the grassland,
a horse is careering quickly in this immaterial area.

The horse has been living here for more than seventeen years,
no one knows where it comes from.
The horse is exceedingly pure,
we can't find any splotches on its body,
living with other animals happily for most of the time.

However,
in this enormous grassland,
there is only one horse,
and thus it finds the life is boring sometimes.

One day,
The horse keeps on running and trampling.
Finally, it comes to the edge of the grassland.
What is surrounding the grassland is just water,
it wants to get through the water and explore its life.
But it can't, because it doesn't swim.
It feels really upset and doesn't run anymore, staying and having a cloistered life there.

Time flies, today is its birthday.
It has already been living here for exactly eighteen years.
It should feel happy but it doesn't,
just staying along the edge of the grassland as normal, waiting somebody.

Seemingly out of the blue,
someone is whistling to it.
It moves quickly off the ground,
a boy is swimming in the water, approaching it.
At this moment,
it feels really surprised and doesn't know how to react.
It walks near the boy like a fool,
letting he rides on it.
Astonishingly,
it feels like full of energy,
and it runs again!

With his encouragement, it becomes brave.
Finally, it gets through the water,
a new world is waiting for it.

(23rd of July,2004)


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 4, 2011



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