Natural born healer,
Natural born heretic.
Natural born warrior,
Natural born woman.
The Dark Horse
See the dark horse stand tall
Against the plain, unsuspecting horizon;
See its strange and singular beauty,
A silhouette it knows it cannot hide.
This is the dark horse that will start to buck
Just when you were sure you broke it,
Right after you’d been sitting pretty—
Cool, calm, and high--
On its back for the longest time!
The dark horse that will come up
From way, way behind—Surprise!
And run on by, with determined mind,
To the head of the finish line!
Because just as sometimes
You have to almost die in order to survive,
Sometimes you have to see yourself
Totally lose and be left behind
Before you have the fight to win.
That is the dark horse you’ll never
Be able to predict, bewitch, or own—
Because its soul is totally in control;
That horse is me—that horse is many.
Copyright © 2013 Catharine Otto
Catharine Otto is
a writer, Usui Reiki Master Teacher, classical
soprano and visual artist. Her poems have appeared 14 times
Britain's Decanto and also in Avocet: A Journal of Nature
Tower Journal, the former NeoVictorian/Cochlea, and Today’s
Spiritual Woman, which also featured a comprehensive article
of Catharine's on the healing modality of Reiki. The poets
who have inspired her range
from Emily Bronte to Elinor Wylie and Mary Oliver. Utilizing
both her professional experience in music and her experience
as a visual artist, Catharine essays to imbue her poems with
both a rich musicality and memorable, evocative images. More
of her poems can be found at her website,