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The neighbors horse

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The neighbors horse

An old man went
Out deer hunting
And shot a horse

When the neighbor 
Realized that his 
Horse was dead

He went to the man
And asked him
Why he shot his horse

The old man fell into his yard chair
And stared ahead
“I shot your horse John”

“You shot my horse
Frank and now he’s laying over there
In a pile of cow dung!”

He took off his glasses 
and rubbed his eyes
and began to weep

The neighbor shook his head 
And walked to his dead horse
He took off his cap and began to weep

Soon the old man came over
And saw that he was weeping
They looked at the horse and wept together

He wasn’t just a horse
He was my friend 
He was my family

After a while frank
Came back with a shovel
And looked at his neighbor

He began to dig
But soon fell over.
And laid in the dirt 

He left Frank where fell
next to the dead horse
And returned with a tractor

When it was all over
He hoisted the horse into the hole
And covered him up.

He shut off the tractor
And came to look 
At his buried horse

They stood in silence
And stared at the earth
And Soon they wept

Frank looked 
At his neighbor
And sobbed

He told him 
to go home and frank
Slowly walked away

John picked up his shovel
and shouted his name
and held it out for him

He walked back
And took the shovel
“I’m sorry about your horse John”

John watched him walk away
And looked at the cows in the field
after while he started the tractor and drove away

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