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(18/8/1947 / Aberdeen)

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A Horse is an Honest Species

Horse is not deodorised or sanitised
It does not ache to fling its fetlock over a centrefold
It is immune to adverts

It'll crunch its clover
Without one foody fad
If it wants to stare all day at a tree, it will.
Its travels are not ticketed or docketed
No horse watches another on CCTV

This moving barrel of grass on hairy legs
This horse, this muncher of meadows
This creature of wood and plain
Is remarkable sane
Accepting with equanimity
Sun and rain
A horse is an honest species.

Submitted: Sunday, February 14, 2010

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  • Jim Hogg (12/8/2013 8:55:00 AM)

    Almost 4 years later than the formidable Mr Witt I'm here at last - the coo's tail - to praise your very fine words, both for what they say and what they very shrewdly imply. We don't as a species come out of this too weel... deservedly. The many well crafted specimens in your Kenspeckle Creel led me here... you keep the old language alive with great skill and humour. Thank you.

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  • Gary Witt (2/27/2010 3:47:00 PM)

    Ms. Blackhall: The title contains a simple truth. In fact, I've always regarded horses as having been imbued with a certain nobility. I'm sure that's mere projection, however.

    Nicely done. Thank you for sharing this one.


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