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The Milkmanís Horse

Contributed by softerware on Monday, 16th May 2016 @ 05:19:20 PM in AEST
Topic: Nostalgic

White and gray with tangled mane;
Clip clop to every house he came;
Climbing slow our cobbled street;
Clanking bottles keeping beat.

Swaying gently, leather straining;
rocking head the hill heís gaining;
belching steamy labored breaths;
watching for the next address!

Out of darkness, ghostly sight;
House to house before first light.
He knew each stop along the route;
Heíd stand and wait, but have no doubt;
That when the milkman lolled about;
The dapple would be on his way;
Waiting just a house away.

He knew which children brought him apples;
Stood and let them touch his dapples;
Rumpled up his velvet nose;
Pawed a giant shodden toe.

I was just a girl of three;
When down the stairs dad carried me;
To wait there in the dark of night;
Til through the fog he came in sight!

But when he neared I filled with dread!
My father laughed, I hid my head!
Id lost my only chance to touch;
This gentle giant I loved so much.

Once a city deep in sleep;
Counted on his faithful keep;
Below the purple morning sky;
As soothing as a lullabye;
Came the milkmans horse our way;
and with him went our yesterdays.

Copyright © softerware ... [ 2016-05-16 17:19:20]
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Re: The Milkmanís Horse (User Rating: 1 )
by JamesStockdale on Monday, 16th May 2016 @ 08:56:02 PM AEST
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This was wonderful Jaye.
The imagery was amazing and just how it really is as I live in Amish country and hear this daily. Your poem reminds me of my childhood as I was introduced to a great big steed when I was very young. He was stepping on my foot and I was to shy and reserved to say anything to the owner and it was a very painful event. lol

A lovely poem that brings back yesteryear/'/s memories.


Re: The Milkmanís Horse (User Rating: 1 )
by unknown_utopia on Monday, 16th May 2016 @ 11:44:55 PM AEST
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Yes the imagery is so kool
excellent flow too.

Re: The Milkmanís Horse (User Rating: 1 )
by Spike on Tuesday, 17th May 2016 @ 01:27:08 AM AEST
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Good ol/'/ milko - I loved the chilled glass bottles, and the aluminum tops were great for spinning.

Your cadence matches the clopping just so. thanks for the lovely recollection.


Re: The Milkmanís Horse (User Rating: 1 )
by Former_Member on Tuesday, 17th May 2016 @ 04:35:02 AM AEST
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Wonderfully nostalgic, yet so readable to any generation. Has a touch of a classic about it. I feel that I should have grown up with your poem, and know it by heart.

Re: The Milkmanís Horse (User Rating: 1 )
by Former_Member on Wednesday, 18th May 2016 @ 01:20:02 AM AEST
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I/'/d bet you could get this and many others published. Oh so very impressive!



Re: The Milkmanís Horse (User Rating: 1 )
by Invierno on Wednesday, 18th May 2016 @ 07:49:45 AM AEST
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There is so much here beyond the story. A call to yesteryear I so wish for, but cannot go to.
The Melancholy Clop.

Brilliantly captured in your masterful style, friend of mine.


Re: The Milkmanís Horse (User Rating: 1 )
by hauntedscorp on Wednesday, 18th May 2016 @ 12:07:09 PM AEST
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What a wonderful read, Jaye! Your poetry always takes me on an exciting journey. Exceptional!


Re: The Milkmanís Horse (User Rating: 1 )
by RussellReinhardt on Wednesday, 18th May 2016 @ 03:56:05 PM AEST
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Dear dear Soft

How you bring a joyous tear to my eye. Of day long forgotten. Yet still part of me. How I remember the sadest when the milkman come down the road and past with out a peep. When I ask my mom was he here. The milk is on the step all four LTS, but how did it come about we never herd the cart. Should I not hear the news that day they took the horse away. Replaced with a battery cart to me not very smart.
A sad sad day progress broke my heart. Beautiful poem Soft. Loving greetings to you and all. God bless


Re: The Milkmanís Horse (User Rating: 1 )
by ladyfawn on Tuesday, 24th May 2016 @ 10:50:17 PM AEST
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absolutely beautiful!

hugs n love nessa


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