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My First Pony

Miss Garner, Miss Garner. I HATE your Gymkhana, I loathe every second it's run. I dread all those horses and obstacle courses, and everyone else having fun. Now Mummy is frantic, the panic gigantic; my pony won't go in the box. She's shouting and screaming (and often blaspheming), when Dobbin sits down on his hocks. We stop in a field, by others well heeled, their lorries all parked in neat rows. My Dobbin looks grotty, all rumpled and spotty; their ponies are plaited in bows. I get in Show Jumping my usual dumping, when Dobbin refuses the last. I'm beat in the Bending (and cry without ending); my pony is not very fast. You're calling my name? Is this all a game? And now you are pointing at me? What me in the line, at Prize Giving time? Oh, my? Have you answered my plea? Miss Garner, Miss Garner. I LOVE your Gymkhana! It's been such a jolly good thrash. The Rosette I won has made it such fun; my Dobbin has got a bran mash! ~ For Francine Roberts' "Children in Rhyme" Contest by Charles Clive.

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  1. Date: 12/11/2013 11:58:00 AM
    Liked your poem, liked the twinkle in its eye. Reminded me a bit of Betjeman's Subalterns love song ..... It has the same delightful lightness and I feel a poets grin behind them both. Well done.

  1. Date: 5/6/2012 6:06:00 AM
    Thanks for informing me about Gymkhana. Your poetry is so delightful with its humor and lilting rhyme. Kathy it seems you are a master at contests as you come up with stand alone pieces.

  1. Date: 4/13/2012 6:07:00 PM
    oh, and big congrats on your win. Well deserved!

  1. Date: 4/13/2012 6:07:00 PM
    Hmmm, some of these words I don't know. I think they are slang!! But I got the gist of this and sure enjoyed it!

  1. Date: 4/13/2012 5:45:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the wonderful contest Francine sponsored "children in rhyme". You did yourself proud with this super poem Charles. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/12/2012 9:34:00 AM
    congrats Charles on an amazing write and win for the children's contest luv..

  1. Date: 4/12/2012 7:12:00 AM
    Fantastic poem Charles. A real winner! Congratulations on your win! ...Samia

  1. Date: 4/11/2012 11:30:00 PM
    I love this one. One of the very best of the lot. Congratulations. Lvoe, joyce

  1. Date: 4/11/2012 11:06:00 PM
    Very nice! Congratulations on you win, Charles! Ruben.

  1. Date: 4/11/2012 10:27:00 PM
    love it, congrats on your win in the contest

  1. Date: 4/4/2012 12:33:00 PM
    a very entertaining poem. I like this