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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Horses' Christmas Tree



Let's give them a rousing Christmas,
The horses, I mean, this year;
Let the big tree in the public square
Be weighted with Yuletide cheer.





Send word to the drivers of Boston
That the date be not forgot;
Bid each bring his beast to the Christmas feast
In the same old well-known spot.


A tree for the work-worn horses,
Tired horses that plod the street;
Who earn their way with no other pay
Than a bed and a bite to eat.


O, give them a royal welcome
To a banquet of warming food;
Let them eat until they have had their fill
Of the things a horse finds good.


A bigger and better Christmas
For the horses of Boston town;
For the big tree there in the public square
Is a star in the city's crown.





The Horses' Christmas Tree
by
Maude Wood Henry


Originally published
in
Our Dumb Animals
February 1928





Just an FYI . . . I received a link to this poem via a Google Alert which I keep set up on any variations of my domain name . . . benotforgot . . . and the nostalgic street scene above is from Historical Stock Photos . . .




2 comments:

Heather Rojo said...

This is a great poem! There is still a water trough for horses on Boston Common. I wonder if it inspired the poem.

benotforgot said...

I especially enjoyed this one . . . I did not find an image that represented the scene in my mind's eye as I read this one . . . so I used this prettified image instead . . . so far, I have found very little info on the poet . . . she sounds interesting . . .