Off with a flash I spurred the horse
to test the animal’s strength,
On sandy track near a water course
as I rode to explore its length.
The wind on my face refreshed that day
The horse felt me urging on
Through a briar patch, and it’s sad to say
I emerged with arm flesh torn.
Bridle drawn to the onward rush
The horse smelled brumbies near,
Memory recalled a valley lush
To the brumbies always dear.
Kangaroo front gave a mighty leap
As the horse sped eagerly by,
Emus sped from their nesting heap
And crows gave a startled cry!
The shivering horse came ‘round the bend,
Old pastures now in view;
And startled brumbies hoofs did send
Their sparks as they caution threw.
Their team too often duped by man,
Took off with their head held high,
To the safety of yonder hill they ran
As they galloped quickly by.
My present mount slowed furious pace
As it viewed the brumbies base.
It thought of the dangerous life they face
As it slowed its headlong race
To be fed choice treats with its favourite food
On return from a sandy track
And the brush of its coat was a memory good,
Then a warm shawl on its back.
I regained control of the speeding steed
And it turned to its home with glee,
And kicked at approach of a tumble weed
It’s stable the place to be.
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