When the poem opens we see the harsh contrast between the highways of human civilization and the imagery being used to describe setting of the encounter between the humans and nature, or the horses. The horses welcome the writer and his friend, which is shown through personification. The writer and his friend “step over the barbed wire into the pasture” (7) and meet the lonesome horses that have been alone all day. The barbed wire serves as a figurative barrier between the human world and the natural world of the horses in the pasture. The simile: “ they bow shyly as wet swans” (12) describes the ponies and shows the beauty and elegance of the ponies in their natural environment. The ponies are at home in their environment as “they begin munching on the young tufts of spring in the darkness” (15). The author is also starting to feel more comfortable in the natural world, on the other side of the barbed wire.
Wright describes the beauty of the horses using imagery of their mane and their colors. The writer is so drawn in by this beauty in the horses that he desires to become a part of