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
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.