She snorts and blows
skittering sideways
tail flagging and ears pinned

With a soft smile and quiet words
a tall lean man rests his elbows on the fence

At his words, she stills
her head drops
her body softens

She walks quietly to the fence, nickering

He leans in with a smile,
places a hand on her face

Her eyes drift contentedly closed,
and they stand together
in quiet communion