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Riding Misty

Though Santa never responded to pleas
There was just one gift on my list each year
A horse that could run at the speed of light
A bold little gal; I never had fear

With two high school friends I visited a ranch
To ride in 103-degree heat
Through the bramble bushes and prickly pears
Upon little “Misty” I took my seat

The Mustang Adoption Program’s success
Sparked ranchers from Tucson, Arizona
To give a home to a rust-colored mare
Many miles from my home near Daytona

Cryptic white markings graced Misty’s neck
Looked like words in Native American code
“She’s so small,” I whined, seeking to ride fast
But no matter, to the desert we rode

Even the roadrunners were envious 
When Misty gained speed and hit her full stride
Warp speed!  I clung to the saddle horn
As Misty passed larger horses with pride

My hat fell on a cactus, sweat filled my eyes
My life flashed before me, quite a surprise
It seemed like she had wings as we flew
Don’t be quick to judge a horse by its size

I thank Misty often for the ride she gave me
She fulfilled my dream and gave me a thrill
But on the news today a reporter said
Wild horses would now be rounded up and killed

I’m so grateful I had the chance to ride
A wild horse with spirit and awesome speed
But what will become of her ancestors
Misty’s now part of a vanishing breed

*For Frank's "One Standout Day" contest
by Carolyn Devonshire

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  1. Date: 12/28/2010 6:44:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Frank Herrera's "Fondest Memory" contest Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/22/2010 1:16:00 PM
    What a terrific 4th place win Carolyn.This is gonna be short but sweet trying to get some comments wrote.Take care and have a Merry Christmas.Your friend Teresa

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 11:38:00 PM
    This really gives me a thrill, as I read what fills your heart with so much joy. Congratulations, Carolyn on your well deserved win on this contest. (^_^) Noel.

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 11:15:00 PM
    I am so glad this sturdy little Mustang poem won honors for you. A little girl's dream. Reminds me of my daughter at a young age. She just had to have a horse. congratulations and love. Joyce

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 11:00:00 PM
    This sure is a wonderful poem to celebrate Misty, Carolyn :) Congrats on your win, really enjoyed reading or should I say riding along with Misty ;) -- hugs & Merry Christmas! -- nikko :)

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 10:27:00 PM
    what can say but, whoo, carolyn.. a gem of glittering of beaded wordings… kudos for a well-deserved win!! huggs, nette

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 8:46:00 PM
    Yes I remember this one. I had also entered an oldie of mine (which had not won previously) Congratulations, Carolyn. What a great memory of your Misty. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 8:45:00 PM
    I would have loved a dear Misty too. What beautiful description and emotions. many congratulations for this win.

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 7:25:00 PM
    Growing up with horses myself, this touched my heart! So glad to see that Frank was also touched by your lovely poem! Congratulations, dear Carolyn,....and happy happy holiday to you. But more importantly...many many thanks for your kindness over the past year. You are always so supportive, and I am forever grateful! Merry Christmas...Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 7:05:00 PM
    Congratulations on this well deserved win in the contest of frank, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/30/2010 5:39:00 AM
    Congratulations Caroline on your win in Amy Green's contest "My Deepest Passion". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/29/2010 10:28:00 AM
    lovely poem, congrats on your win

  1. Date: 7/28/2010 6:23:00 PM
    Congrats on the 2nd place win, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/28/2010 5:30:00 PM
    Congrats on 2nd Place, Carolyn. Outstanding entry. Kudos. luv, Ralph

  1. Date: 7/28/2010 2:33:00 PM
    Wow! Carolyn what an endearing poem. How did I miss this one? You could enter this one in Tirzah's contest as well. I just wrote 'Thundered Hooves' for that contest before I even saw this poem, Great minds think alike I guess. Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 7/28/2010 2:20:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win, Carolyn. You are so much like my daughter in this passion. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 7/28/2010 2:17:00 PM
    Congratulations on you win Carolyn.. Love Wilma

  1. Date: 7/28/2010 1:16:00 PM
    I knew about the fishing, but not the horseback riding. Congrats on your win my dear..hope you are having fun on your vacation.BG

  1. Date: 7/28/2010 12:59:00 PM
    Carolyn, congrats on your placement in my contest. Not only was this poem excellently written and constructed- I was riding Misty right along with you... passion was felt deeply in this one... not to mention, horses are my greatest passion :)

  1. Date: 5/17/2010 3:26:00 AM
    Great poem, Carolyn and a tribute to all wild horses wherever they are (even a few exist in Germany in a national park). It is a tragedy that these brave animals are still caught and sold!!! I also remember a ride once in Chile when I was on tour with a friend only on horseback and with a sleeping bag. It was great!!! Here it is different and riding a horse is not the same. Thank you for your comments and will continue with the translations. Love, Gert