Appleby Horse Fair - A poem by Mick Yates

3 January 2019
Appleby Horse Fair - A poem by Mick Yates

Appleby Horse Fair


Skidding wildly down the slippery ramp


young Gypsy lads and lasses ride bareback


on their glistening feral mounts


into the baptismal waters of the River Eden


these aspiring Romany guardians of the genus equus


these water gods and nymphs of this tribal gathering


these natural spiritual acolytes in this ancient ritual


arrogantly parade their pride and expertise


before an admiring audience of onlookers


all deeply envious of their youth their lifestyle


and the sheer wild hedonism of their existence


By Mick Yates


Photo (c) Natasha Quarmby