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"When I Am An Old Horsewoman"
 I shall wear turquoise and diamonds,
 And a straw hat that doesn't suit me.
 And I shall spend my social security on white wine and carrots,
 And sit in my alley-way of my barn
 And listen to my horses breathe.

 I will sneak out in the middle of a  summer night
 And ride the old bay gelding,
 If my old bones will allow.

 And when people come to call, I will smile and nod
 As I walk past the gardens to the barn
 and show instead the flowers growing
 inside stalls fresh-lined with straw.
 I will shovel and sweat and wear hay
in my hair as if it were
 a jewel.

 And I will be an embarrassment to all,
 Who will not yet have found the peace in being free
 to have a horse as a best friend,
 A friend who waits at midnight hour
With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes
 For the kind of woman I will be
 When I am old.
 ~ Author Unknown