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Watching old newsreels sadness washes over me Highstepping horses, gentle eyes transformed in fear valiantly charging under men that could not yield Amid the noise of cannons, over the death-filled battle-field , sides flecked with foam, so far from home, somehow they know how desperate is this final charge hoofbeats pounding, hearts bursting, falling in their stride Now the faded image shows a glory past and gone Yet we must remember them and how their courage shone Lest we forget the horses, or the majesty of them In solemn re-enactment we must remember them And grant a special place in paradise where they can roam. Written for the Australian war horses that went overseas and never returned Some Paradise Where Horses Go Poetry Contest Michelle Faulkner

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Date: 4/3/2020 1:22:00 AM
So sad and so poignant your poem that remembers these brave horses. Congratulations!
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 4/3/2020 5:54:00 AM
Thankyou Sam: Enjoy their full history in the link below the photo. Best, SuZ
Date: 4/2/2020 10:20:00 PM
I am so glad to see this gem on the winner's list SuZ. Congratulations on your wonderful win! You know this is a Fave from me from the past. xxoo
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Date: 4/3/2020 5:48:00 AM
Hi Connie: I appreciate you remembering this one. I had to amend the original to fit the line limit. Hope all is well in your world, hugs, SuZ
Date: 4/2/2020 6:58:00 PM
Congratulations on placing in my contest, Suzanne, thank you for entering.
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Date: 4/2/2020 7:35:00 PM
Thanks so much, Michelle: Horses are such beautiful animals. Stay safe.
Date: 2/17/2016 8:26:00 PM
I am an amateur historian and this piece was right up my ally. Truly an exquisite poem. I loved each and every line. Crow
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Date: 2/2/2016 12:42:00 AM
Wow very moving tribute to these dine animals. Enjoyed it very much Suzanne. Craig.
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Date: 6/14/2015 6:55:00 PM
Hello Suzanne... your poem is very moving and wonderfully written. If you get the chance to hear Eric Bogle's song - as if they know - you will hear a connection. I truly enjoyed your poem Suzanne - Lindsay
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 6/15/2015 11:29:00 AM
Hello Lindsay: Thanks so much for you comment today and for reading. I will look up that song and get back to you. In an ever more automated world we need to glorify the beauty of and our connection to horses. SuZ
Date: 10/19/2014 12:28:00 AM
This appeals to me in two different ways: my love for the movie War Horse, and my always-leaning-towards-pacifism state of mind. You, my friend, know how to draw someone in to read your poetry.... that title is AWESOME!
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 10/19/2014 12:37:00 AM
I loved that movie too. In Australia we still celebrate the history of the war horses. Did you see Gallipoli the movie. Here is a link to the website for the Australian light Brigade. http://www.lighthorse.org.au/
Date: 6/8/2014 11:07:00 PM
I truly love horses and this great write!!! BBBravoooo!!!!!
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Date: 6/15/2015 11:32:00 AM
Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Robert: It means a lot, SuZ
Date: 5/31/2014 9:19:00 PM
Dear Suz, this poem is so beautifully written. Our world would be so different without the help, strength, loyalty and love horses have provided. Your tribute to them is a beautiful reminder of our debt to these wonderful creatures who have been a blessing in our lives. Another of your poems going into my favorite file. Thank you for honoring them so. #7
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 6/2/2014 1:57:00 AM
I have always been a horse lover, Connie: Thanks for reading here and I will definitely share some poems at PoetryForThought soon. Hugs,SuZ
Date: 5/18/2014 3:38:00 PM
Dear Suzanne, I'm a great lover of horses and your poem gave me both goose bumps and tears. Horses are usually very gentle creatures who bond with humans easily. It pains me to think of all the horses, as well as all the people, who have lost their lives on the battlefield. Heartbreaking and beautiful write! Best wishes, Carolyn
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Date: 6/15/2015 11:44:00 AM
Dear Carolyn: A late response to your welcome comment. I have been inactive here for a few months but glad of the friends I have made here, Fondly,SuZ
Date: 5/18/2014 7:04:00 AM
Wonderful. This poem reminds me of the movies War Horse and Hidalgo. In this age of trucks and tanks we forget that man once relied on living breathing animals to carry them.
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Date: 6/15/2015 11:50:00 AM
Hi Monteray: I think we have often fallen down in the advocacy that God charged us with. Hope you are well. SuZ
Date: 5/18/2014 3:08:00 AM
hello Suzanne, I love horses, and the rides upon, every path they took in history... Let's not forget... Horses are as much part of our past,.... enjoyed..Linda
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Date: 6/15/2015 11:51:00 AM
Hi Linda: Hope all is well. I am back spending time at the Soup. Thanks for your support, Always, SuZ