Usually I don’t start working on the prompt before I have finished reading it all the through. But, as soon as I saw the video upon which this week’s prompt rested, I knew what I’d write about. So I skipped everything, including Paloma’s poem. Which is wonderfully expressive of the life of a wild island pony. And my very first tilus!
And, to give a bit of context for those unfamiliar with the wild ponies of Sable Island, I’ve included links to some videos, and the Parks Canada website. Unfortunately, a 1958 short documentary fought with me, til I let it win. Hopefully the link will take you to the NFB site to watch the film “Sable Island,” by Allan Wargon.
When ever I think of these ponies, whose future, though now protected, is uncertain, I feel the sea tang, hear the dune grass whisper, and think of survival, determination and spirit. And, I think of freedom; of the wild in all of us.
Sable Island ponies
sand wind grass
@ Parks Canada
Wild ponies, Sable Island, Nova Scotia (photo by John deVisser)
Hopefully link leds to documentary!
Rick Mercer, Canadian comedian visits Sable Island
Inspired & fond remembories conjured by B & P’s Shadorma & Beyond: wild ponies at Assateague Island
Working on some blog changes as pictures have disappeared, so maybe it’s time for some house cleaning and a new slide show.
To wild ponies.