Welcome to Fern Valley

Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Words on Wednesday

First of all , let me say I am fine.The following poem might lead you to believe I am sad or melancholy . But I am not . Sometimes these poems just come to me, with other thoughts, or feelings unrelated.Or sometimes a series of events  conspire to awaken my muse.

 What started the thought was I received a card from the vet clinic today . Signed by all offering condolences on the passing of my dear old house cat. Such a sweet gesture, that I know many clinics are now doing ,but I remember the first card I got from these folks and the Vet that sent it. Many years ago , when she had only recently graduated . Dr Tammy (we will call her ) was the first to ever send a condolence card after euthanizing an injured filly of mine, that gal  is the sweetest ! and the tradition of acknowledging each of the creatures she and the rest of the clinic staff have helped has stood.
That and  then memories of that poor filly and other  beloved critters that  have passed through my life got me thinking . I have held them and made the choice to let them go far more often that I would like , and each time I do my very best to stay strong , and be calm. After  everyone has left , I  often either go out to the herd , or go for a ride , and there is where I shed my tears. My horses and dogs have soaked up a river in tears over their lifetime, and healed many a hurt .

Add to all that , a song came on the radio today "Cowgirls don't cry"
Now I don't claim to be a cowgirl , or not one. I am just who I am , but that series of events created  this...


Catch up a good horse
Get him saddled and ready
be sure he's  a good one
A fast one and steady

She will need him to run
And keep steady pace
To outrun the pain
And blow tears from her face

That cowgirl’s don’t cry  
Is a story not true
She surely will weep
But she won’t show you

She will let tears flow
As sometimes she must
But if you should see it
She will claim it is dust

But alone with her horse
On a wide open plain
She will soak up her tears
In his coat and his mane  

As tough as she seems
She is tender inside
So catch up a good horse
And just let her ride

 Stay safe my friends

16 comments:

Kate said...

Just lovely - thank you for sharing your poetry with us.

Cheyenne said...

Sherry-that is incredible.

Margaret said...

She will claim it is dust

But alone with her horse
On a wide open plain
She will soak up her tears
In his coat and his mane


just lovely! It should be a country song! :)

C-ingspots said...

I like it...thanks for sharing. I've certainly been there more often than I care to remember as well.

WishIHadAHorsey said...

Thank you for sharing - you have such a gift with words :)

Shirley said...

Ok this is my new favorite! and yes- this should go to a country singer.

Crystal said...

Wow this is amazing!! I love it so much.

Country Gal said...

I to have lost pets they are all members of our family's. Your poem was Fantastic !

Cut-N-Jump said...

That poem is right up there with the "Rainbow Bridge".

Any time with a horse is time well spent and letting them go... well I have been there a few too many times too. It never gets any easier. Cowgirl or not, ya done good there girl. Sorry to hear about your cat.

kden said...

That was really beautiful! I've had two cats put down by the same vet and he sent me a card both times. It was the first time I ever experienced that and I thought it was so nice.

Jeni said...

Amazing... especially today.

kestrel said...

Awww, brushing away a little dust here...just dust...

4RRanch said...

Wow. That's all, wow.

GoLightly said...

OH, Fern.

That is beautiful.

Thanks to you.

(scritches Johnny...)

Janice said...

Way to go Sherry, you just proved what you are saying...must just be a bit of dust.... I think I have to go get on a horse.

Reddunappy said...

Beautiful.