Why does he use ponies?
Just before the narration begins, the two ponies have come out of the woods, as if to welcome the two representatives of another order of beings (the speaker and friend). The present tense gives the poem immediacy, so that the greeting appears to be happening before the speaker’s eyes. The setting with the ponies is specific: The event is located in place and time, moving from physical concreteness into the speaker’s more intense but less easily described feelings of satisfaction and happiness. The realization that overtakes the speaker is that of the kinship, perhaps even the “oneness,” of living things. Filled with love for the animals, the speaker delights in the feel of the pony. At that point the speaker realizes that, could he or she transcend the human body and its limitations, the true expression at the moment could only be a transformation into a burst of blossoms.