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ALEX BOTTESINI-PULLIN
Magnolia, Texas
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A Horse with Two Graves

The wildest red horse had fire in his eyes
The people around him were sayin' he dies.
If you ever saw pain, the one with no rest
If you felt for his misery, deep in your chest
You know how you wished you called it a quit.
To end all the misery that none should endure
To lay him to rest since there wasn't a cure.
The wildest red horse had fire in his eyes
The people around him were sayin' he dies.
They digged the first grave, they said it's the end
Their grave laid there empty,not yet...said my friend
You have some more fight? Don't let me be wrong
I don't understand how you can be so strong.
You see us all tamed, no fight and no pride
Remember there's more just under our hide.
The heart beat you check so carefully and cry
Has thundered across a million night skies.
The wildest red horse had fire in his eyes
The people around him were sayin' he dies.
They digged one more grave, there's no going back
He's lost all his weight, he looks like a wreck
How far will you go? I have more inside
But will you then follow? Or cry for me and hide?
You called me? You whinnied? Like never before
I had to make sure, you stick with me more.
They filled up the grave, for time number two
The horse now was leaving almost as brand new.
I dreamed of red horses that whisper in waves
You saw it? We did it! They filled up two graves.

2005, Alex Bottesini-Pullin
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

 

Alex Bottesini-Pullini told us that this poem, "is the true story of a fiery red quarter horse that just would not give up and managed to heal against all odds. It came about the night I called the owners to say he was ready to go home. They told me that their new neighbors, having seen them preparing to bury the gelding on and off for months, quit asking questions, thinking they were a bit 'off.'"

 


Gelding

It seems a good reason to pull a big crowd
The cousin, the neighbor, his team penning pals,
With great expectation all rowdy and loud
Cowboy hats perched all around the corral.

Here they go with the jokes about cutting and gelding
Here the grandpa makes sure that the moon is just right
The only help that you find, every time in the ending
Is the wife asking doc, do you have enough light?

They go on with the giggling and tryin' and be funny
They tell stories, some rated fourteen maybe more,
You don't mind the big party, it is cold but it's sunny
Even if with some help, you could've already done four.

You get busy get going to get the job done
Didn't see them walk out tending more pressing matters,
At the end you look up and they're gone one by one
You the horse and the wife a three lonesome gather.

She just smiles and you know that has happened before,
She is the one with the best joke, the one never told
They'll come back in a while, they'll ask if he's sore
Had to put up the broodmares, it's sure getting cold.

Had to round up the calves, had to get some more hay
Heck it's busy around here, was real busy today.
All I know is for me,
It's much easier life with the help
And a good joke, from the rancher's wife.

2005, Alex Bottesini-Pullin
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

 



About Alex Bottesini-Pullin:

I live in Magnolia ,Texas, and have the good fortune of making a living as a veterinarian. The many kinds of horse folks and their animals I meet, in my day to day work, provide inspiration and amusement in equal amounts.

 

 

 

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