The Joy of Horses – funeral version

Riding through a quiet wood luxuriously carpeted with flowering bluebells,
on a perfect springtime day,
a path carved by footprints through delicate fragrance and indigo blue colour,
clearly showing the way,
a concealed golden hidden pheasant causes a startled shy when beside you,
it decides to take evasive flight,
the peace of a morning ride in the tranquil nebulous stillness of dawn,
bathed in the rays of metallic gold sunlight.

The pure exhilaration of a windswept unconstrained breathtaking gallop,
along a deserted winter beach,
shadowed U shaped indentations of symmetrical sandy hoof prints following,
only the waves of a spring high tide will reach,
effortlessly loping across the stubble of a harvested undulating golden field,
a summertime brown hare,
the timeless sight of a long legged young chestnut foal upon first standing ,
being lovingly tended by brood mare.

The simple pleasure of watching the exuberance of a loose horse roll and play,
displaying collected paces with flowing hair,
speed, strength and power combine with elegance, beauty and enjoyment,
breathing white plumes in frosty morning air,
late afternoon, an evanescent artist’s palette rainbow decorates leaden clouds,
briefly illuminating the sky,
before the descending golden sun’s last rays of light are extinguished,
as transient pewter grey storm clouds hasten by.

Feeding among wild meadow flowers, in the methodically cropped summer grass,
the cornflower blue of a common butterfly,
as it flies to another patch of flowers, the movement of diaphanous fluted wings,
momentarily catches the eye,
the natural beauty of the horse, whether a Falabella, Thelwell, Shire or Arab,
it’s inherent spirit and grace,
the love of all horses and donkeys is within, even as a young child,
always in the heart, it has a special place.

A much loved wife and mother, Jennifer Farthing 1940 – 2017

A poem can express innermost emotions after the loss of a loved one or friend.

My poetry is written to be gently uplifting and evocative, reminding the reader or listeners of the loved one or friend’s love of horses.

My poems have been very well recieved at both church and crematorium services, adding a very personal accolade.


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