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[RC] Merry Christmas to ALL horse lovers from Rainbow Meadows - Karen Everhart

A HORSEMAN'S CHRISTMAS
by horse trainer Doris Eraldi

 
It's the night before Christmas, we're out in the barn
 
Blanketing horses to keep them all warm
 
They're eating their dinners, tucked in cozy stalls
 
Not aware that it's Christmas or any special day at all
 
They can dream of spring pastures from their pine-scented beds
 
No visions of sugarplums dance in their heads
 
But we people are thinking of merry parties and such
 
Maybe feeling a little sad at missing so much.

 
This season is special but the horses don't know
 
We've got work to do before we can go
 
We finish the chores and head on inside
 
To get ready for dinner and our own yuletide.

 
It's nearly midnight, the carols are sung
 
I remember a story I was told when I was young
 
How at midnight on Christmas Eve
 
The creatures of the barnyard can speak to us with ease.

 
I am called to the barn, I wade through the rain
 
I know I must go, I can't really explain
 
I slide open the door, pause for a while
 
Then slowly walk down that dully lit aisle.

 
A nicker from Casey, a wink from JD
 
Sleepy old Alibi waking to see
 
Tucker rustling his bedding, a snort soft and light
 
Each horse gave a greeting as I walked through the night.

 
I thought about parties bright lit and warm
 
The ones we don't go to 'cause we have the barn
 
And vacations and holidays that we don't get
 
When we're working long hours for bills to be met.

 
Walking all the way to the end of the aisle
 
I stop to stroke Bonnie, it brings me a smile
 
She snuffles my face, hot breath on my skin
 
It starts me to thinking about my horses, my kin.

 
I could be at parties with laughter and mirth
 
But where I am right now is the best place on Earth.
 
Karen Everhart MEd
Co-founder and Executive Director
Rainbow Meadows Rescue and Retirement, Inc.
Serving the equine companions who have so loyally served us...
www.rainbowmeadowsranch.com
620-725-3402
 

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