Monday, September 22, 2008

Equus Caballus


I have run on middle fingernail through Eolithic morning
And I’ve thundered down the coach road with Revolution’s warning
I have carried countless errant knights who never found the grail
I have strained before the caissons, I’ve moved the nation’s mail
I’ve made knights of lowly tribesmen, kings from ranks of peons

I’ve given pride and arrogance to riding men for eons
I’ve grazed among the lodges, teepees and the yurts

Felt the sting of driving whips, lashes, spurs and quirts

I am roguish- I am flighty, inbred and lowly
I’m a nightmare gone wild- I am
Gallant and exalted, stately and noble
I’m awesome- I am grand- I am
The Horse


I have suffered gross indignities from users and from winners
I’ve felt the touch of kindness from losers and from sinners
I have given for the cruel hand and given for the kind
Heaved a sigh at Appomattox when surrender had been signed
I can be as tough as hardened steel or fragile as a flower

I know not my endurance, I know not my own power
I have died with heart exploded beneath the cheering stands
Calmly stood below the hanging noose of vigilante bands

I am roguish- I am flighty, inbred and lowly
I’m a nightmare gone wild- I am
Gallant and exalted, stately and noble
I’m awesome- I am grand- I am
The Horse


So I’ll run on middle fingernail until the curtain closes
I’ll win for you your Triple Crown, I’ll wear for you your roses
Toward you, who took my freedom, I’ve no malice or remorse
I’ll endure, I’ll last forever, I am The Horse


(author unknown)








2 comments:

  1. Julie, for those who haven't visited Breezy Acres and see Faheem with head high at at full trot will not appreciate the poem.. I am The Horse.. as well as me. I have copied the poem and sent it on to Alyson in Idaho as she loves her horses just as you do. Love your Blog (now my favorite)I am sure you know why...Love you, J

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  2. I cried as I read this beautiful poem...I had not heard it before....

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