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Looking over the Fence

Updated on March 15, 2011


Looking over the fence, was the first time I looked upon your face

Sunlight glowing from your coat, head held high,  full of grace with ears alert

Muscles rippled as you moved, your gait strong, steady and smooth

An anxious whinney, a knowing look,  you knew that dinner time was almost ready

Fresh spring grass has it's appeal, but nothing tastes like a hard meal

Sugar beet, soaked of course, warm smelling oats, for the main course

Dessert comes in the form of hay, sweet smelling of timothy and clover

A warm bed for the evening, fresh water and shelter until day time comes around

I remember seeing you standing tall, majestic and noble of racing blood

Today Jimmy, I say my farewell as a friend, I wish you had seen that stone

That has ended your life, made it too short, broken my heart, clipped my wings for good

Nicola gave you a chance to heel, but those broken bones were not forgiving

Stabled in your majestic way, saved all your love

For your mistress and friend today

The vet approached with his needle, all you could do was nuzzle me, eyes tight shut

Don't be afraid Jimmy my friend, The horse master will welcome you home by his side

Beautiful pastures with splendid views, awaits your arrival, a warm bed to snuggle into

Nicola and I think you are brave, standing forward to hear your name, Jimmmmy

We will watch for the brightest star tonight

And then tomorrow in day light, we will show how much we care

As they take your lifeless body to be cremated, we will stand so straight and proud

You gave us your power and grace, we in return will always remember your beautiful face

Jimmy my friend of noble thoroughbred blood, you gave us insight with your love

For horses do enjoy the company of man, willing, always eager to please,

Now go fly with the wind in your tail, no more pain will prevail

With your noble grace, you will live in our thoughts,

And when the barn door opens we will hear your cry, knowing and waiting in the sky

Until the day comes we meet again, your death leaves me lonely

Missing a dear friend

For My Dear Friend Nicola

Be brave Nicky, I have no words that can take away your pain. Jimmy had a good caring home and never wanted for anything. He adored you, and you will always remember those strolls in the forest and exhilarating charges down the beach with the wind in your hair and his tail flying behind you. He will always be by your side, reach out and you will feel his silky coat and smell that wonderful smell that only horse lovers recognize.

My Blue will miss him, as from all the geldings, Jimmy was his friend too.


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      J.P. 5 years ago

      Its always so sad to loose a true family member , This was so heart wrenching , my eyes welled up . Beautifully written , voted up as well, As always,


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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Again you have pulled on my heart strings....

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      Annette Donaldson 7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thanks again B. I am still not totally happy with this poem, I don't think it flows too well, but I will keep tweeking it until I am happy. Lovely comments as ever from you. x

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      b. Malin 7 years ago

      Oh Bluestar, you really know how to make me cry...What a truly Beautiful story...This animal of yours, was so lucky to have had You for its Master and Friend. Thanks for sharing.

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      Annette Donaldson 7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      writinginalaska thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am still finding poetic prose to be very difficult, but I keep trying. I can put all the emotion I feel into my writing but getting into a poem is very hard.

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      writinginalaska 7 years ago from southeast Alaska

      oh gosh that made me cry.... good write. all our precious animals wait for us in the hereafter.

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      Annette Donaldson 7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you Bobbi, every little bit of comment, good or bad (wink wink) greatly appreciated. lol

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      BobbiRant 7 years ago from New York

      Beautiful and it is probably very hard to love such a magnificent animal and then lose it and I cannot even imagine. Wonderful write, enjoyed it very much.

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      Annette Donaldson 7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      SilentReed thank you for your comment, My friend Nicola broke her heart yesterday. Jimmy was an elderly horse 23 in fact and took a stumble down the lane breaking his knee cap. Nicky is in the air force and had to wait a week to be able to come home. Jimmy stood patiently for his mummy to make a decision. Probably one of the hardest things she has had to do. My own horse Blue is 24 years old and he has owned me for the past 23 years, I dread the day I will be in Nicky's shoes. The bond between horse and rider is so strong. These beautiful, graceful animals have the power over your life and could kill you so easily. But instead they choose to love you and take care of you and try to always please. Devastating.

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      SilentReed 7 years ago from Philippines

      I once read a poem by a horse lover describing her joyful and exhilarating experience as both horse and rider thunder across a wide expanse.Beneath an azure sky and a field of gold both man and beast became one...losing a relationship like this is both sad and painful.

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      Annette Donaldson 7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you very much Will. I am still struggling with this poetry lark, but people like yourself and Wayne are my inspiration. I am trying to learn from the masters.

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      WillStarr 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Sad tale. It's hard enough to lose a dog, much less a magnificent horse.