Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Don't Cry For The Horses

While driving down to the Bob Evans Farm
Festival Saturday we passed this beautiful log house
that sat upon a hill in Vinton County on Route 93.
All at once we saw this giant shiny metal Angel
on a horse that was in their front yard.
Since we wanted to beat the crowd we drove on and
decided on the way back home we would check it out
further. I made the comment that it did not really go
with the log house someway but them I did not know
what it was or what it was meant for.

We stopped to get a better look on the way home
and noticed that there was a plaque below the
angel but we could not read all of the words from
across the highway where we were parked.

We got a few pictures of it and since we thought
it might not be a wise move to go traipsing up into
their yard ,we just read the the title on it
which said "Don't Cry For The Horses".
We had both never heard of it before and still did
not know what it was for or why they would put this
giant silver statue in their yard.
So when I came home I googled it and found this
poem and its meaning then was evident.

Don't Cry For The Horses, by Brenda Riley-Seymore is

written by a modern day heroine who lives in Sun
Valley, California. A cowgirl with a cop for a boyfriend,
she was born in Kentucky and raised on a ranch.
A semi retired animal trainer for motion pictures,
whose heroes are cops and cowboys, she now
works Los Angeles in information systems.
Brenda and her 18 year old daughter who saves
all creatures great and small.

Don't Cry For The Horses,
by Brenda Riley-Seymore

Don't cry for the horses
That life has set free
A million white horses
Forever to be

Don't cry for the horses
Now in God's hands
As they dance and they prance
To a heavenly band

They were ours as a gift
But never to keep
As they close their eyes
Forever to sleep

Their spirits unbound
On silver wings they fly
A million white horses
Against the blue sky

Look up into heaven
You'll see them above
The horses we lost
The horses we loved

Manes and tails flowing
They Gallop through time
They were never yours
They were never mine

Don't cry for the horses
They will be back someday
When our time has come
They will show us the way

On silver wings they will lift us
To the warmth of the sun
When our life is over
And eternity has begun

We will jump the sun
And dance over the moon
A Ballet of horses and riders
on the winds
to a heavenly tune

Do you hear that soft nicker
Close to your ear?
Don't cry for the horses
Love the ones that are here

Don't cry for the horses
Lift up your sad eyes
Can't you see them
As they fly by?

A million white horses
Free from hunger and pain
Their spirits set free
Until we ride again

I have never owned a horse and in fact after an
incident as a child I was a little afraid of them,
but I have had pet dogs that have been in the family
for so long that they were like children to me. You
just learn to love them and miss them when they are
gone. So this was a very large display of their affection
for a horse or horses in general.

It is looking like Fall here in the hills.


Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Such a beautiful post. I'm sending this to my friend who loves horses and has 3 of her own. You're right though... this could be a poem about any pet. -Jackie

madcobug said...

That is a beautiful poem and you can see the angel and horse suit it very well. The picture of the leaves are beautiful. Helen

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What a pretty poem.
It sure does look like fall there!

flowrgirl1 said...

Such a great tribute to my all time favorite animal!

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

Beautiful poem. Horses always have been (& are) a very big part of my life. Losing special ones is very difficult. I really like the imagery of the words.

You're very lucky to have such spectacular fall colours. :) Rebecca

Autumn Belle said...

This is a beautiful poem. Horses and pets are such dear personal friends and partners, how can we ever forget them. I like this statue.

Rosey Pollen said...

I love how you can google stuff and learn so much!

Thanks for sharing this,Lona!

Kate said...

Hi, Lona; I saw that you were just at my blog so wanted to stop over and say hello.

Wow. Wasn't expecting this. That poem is lovely. I lost a horse this year. Way back in June and I still can't bring myself to talk about it. Thanks for this one.


Debbies Doodle said...

Thanks for sharing the peom.. i will send this to my horse loving daughter..

Bernideen said...

Beautiful scenes of fall!