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Below is the poem entitled FEEDING HORSES which was written by poet Sidney Beck. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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She was four years old
Apples in bulging pockets from garden trees
Cold day in autumn
Stroll down to Paddy Sands’s horse pasture

Stop at five-bar gate and lift her up
Call or whistle - they come from a half-kilometre
Black, brown mares, one gelding
Jealous one tries to bite the others
Jostling for position at the gate 

All those soft soft noses..... 
They will permit stroking
If fed enough handfuls of grass
Grass tastes better from our hands
Than when cropped by them,
(Especially with tiny flowers of blue vetch).
Their big brown eyes close up
So peaceful and trusting
Tempting furry ears just out of reach for her 

Turning cold now after half an hour
Spoil them with our apples before we go home
Show her how to hold back her thumb 
So  it doesn’t get bitten.
Walk home through Sands’s cropped  hayfield 
To tea and biscuits.

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Written for Carol Brown's Contest 	"A Horse Story"

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  1. Date: 6/28/2011 1:51:00 PM
    Sydney, Cool to see a great poem in the winner circle. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 8:38:00 PM
    this is utterly adorable and one that I would put much higher on the list. Very enjoyable to read. I loved it.

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 5:43:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading your winning work..Sara

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 5:32:00 PM
    Would have been much higher for me! Such a sweet horse tail! Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 4:55:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Syd. Excellent piece. Nice going. Ralph

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 1:51:00 PM
    My congratulations on the win in the contest of carol, Sydney

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 12:37:00 PM
    Congratulations and thank you for supporting my contest Syd. Love, Carol

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    Date: 6/23/2011 1:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    a lovely contest and an opportunity to remind myself of my daughter when she was small....thanks for the contest and for the placing wishes