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PostSubject: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Day after Tomorrow   Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:06 pm

Yesterday for the first time I was too tired to ride.
I was afraid I would be hurt if I was thrown.
I heard someone say my barn was too shabby.
I let someone tell me I was too pudgy to ride.
I realized I was old.
I had to face that I could no longer keep up.
I had to let go of my dreams.
I felt my heart break.
I turned my back on my friend.
I knew I was done.

Today, for the last time,
I felt warm, braided leather in my hands.
I ran my stirrups up so they wouldn't bang my mare's sides.
I released the buckles on the girth and watched my girl sigh.
I slowly dropped the bit so it wouldn't hit her teeth.
I gave my mare a cookie to thank her for the ride.
I buried my head in her soft, warm neck.
I inhaled the sun and the dust in her long winter coat.
I closed the gate and trudged to the muddy porch.
I tracked hay and horse hair into my house.
I pulled off my boots and felt the sting of warm blood returning to my cold toes.

Today, for the first time,
I cried after my ride.
I felt my hands shake as I set the saddle on its rack.
I hugged my young trainer a final goodbye.
I waited for the new owner's trailer to arrive.
I set my boots in a box to go to the Goodwill.
I sighed at the wear on my riding gloves.
I had no hay in my hair.
I did not hear nickering when I opened my back door.
I felt worse leaving the barn then I did when I entered.
I hd on one to check on before going to bed.

Tomorrow, for the first time,
I won't have to buy hay.
I can stay in bed longer.
I won't see the poop pile grow.
I won't be able to fly on four legs.
I will be sorry I listened.
I will regret letting her go.
I will be angry at God.
I will be angry at myself.
I will cry the day away.
I will be glad to die.

Day after tomorrow, for the first time,
I will awaken in tears.
I will know I was wrong.
I will defy all the judgment.
I will ignore my old bones.
I will return the buyer's cheque.
I will bring my friend home.
I will take my boots out of the box.
I will be reborn.

For the rest of my life,
I will have a horse in my yard.
I will ignore the cruel judging.
I will watch the poop pile grow.
I will have hay in my hair.
I will track mud in my house.
I will bury my face in her soft neck.
I will let my soul fly.
I will never be alone!

Kris Garrett 2009/11/11


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PostSubject: Re: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Day after Tomorrow   Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:51 pm

BAWLING MY EYES OUT.......THANKS DEB. ....BUT GOOD BAWLING.

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PostSubject: Re: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Day after Tomorrow   Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:30 pm

That is really good !!!!!! thanks for sharing !!!
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PostSubject: Re: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Day after Tomorrow   Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:56 pm

Holy cry fest! This is such a great poem - probably because those of us who are getting a little longer in the tooth can really relate to it. Thanks for posting (I think ... sniffle, sniffle ...)
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PostSubject: Re: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Day after Tomorrow   Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:24 am

This a great poem...And it really hits home for me, being out of horses for a while and putting my boots away and closing the tack box.....But now the boots are out and the tack box is open once again and it will NEVER be shut again....Sometimes you don't know what you have until it's gone..

I remember driving down the road and seeing horses and thinking how lucky they were and yet once I had it all too!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Day after Tomorrow   Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:04 am

In Aug this year I had those thoughts and almost gave up that part of my life.. the more I thought about it the sadder I got.. The more I thought about it the worse I felt.. so thanks Deb.. this is not to be my fate yet.. I will fight to bring myself around again.. and soon.

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PostSubject: Re: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Day after Tomorrow   Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:48 pm

I have since found the author of this poem that I posted on another site....Kris Garrett 2009/11/11.

I know I will always have a horse in my backyard, whether I can ride or not!!
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PostSubject: Re: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Day after Tomorrow   Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:41 am

Heehee B...I just changed that too.
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PostSubject: Re: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Day after Tomorrow   Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:42 am

TnT you should come riding with us Sunday. Leaving my barn at 10:30am.
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PostSubject: Re: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Day after Tomorrow   Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:19 pm

If it's not raining I will be up!! I'm such a fair weather rider this time of the year!!
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PostSubject: Re: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Day after Tomorrow   Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:24 pm

YAY!! It's calling for sun at the moment. Keeping my fingers crossed!
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PostSubject: Re: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Day after Tomorrow   Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:14 am

Love it. I'm glad I'm at the last part of the poem. A horse in the yard, someone is always picking hay
out of my hair, my poop pile is always growing, the dog and I tracking so much mud into the house,
listening to criticism from people that don't know the love of horses and you know what. I love every
minute of it.
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