pony's name is Autumn Breeze
a gelding, a four year old Bay.
children are very attached to him,
do love to hear him 'neigh'!
prices go, I suppose he was cheap
we've had one or two ups and downs.
had severe colic and there is no doubt
vet's bills bring on the frowns!
keep him down at the local farm.
stabled right next to 'Trigger'.
erect he stands, at fourteen-two hands.
not likely to get any bigger!
the summer he stays out in the field,
romp and roam at his leisure.
when he's called, he pricks up his ears,
comes galloping towards us, with pleasure.
the winter it really isn't so good,
stays overnight in the stable.
at some ghastly unbelievable hour,
got to clean him out, if I'm able!
it's taught the children a lesson, I know,
they both act sensibly, not as a fool.
both do their bit to help me muck out,
they get ready for school.
with the horse, dogs, tortoise and fish,
afraid that the hamster is dead,
understand just how tired I feel,
there's still the housework ahead!
I wouldn't be without any one of them,
and every one is so dear.
the time comes around for them to depart
certainly shed many a tear.
I wonder whether they understand,
appreciate all that I do.
convinced 'though, when they nuzzle into the small of my hand,
they're saying a loving 'thank you'.
by Mai Petts
Trevor Durbidge Copyright © 2001 [TJD].
All rights reserved. Revised:
October 30, 2007