FLY AWAY

by MICHELLE MIZIOLEK
(RICHMOND HILL, ONT.)

OH HOW MUCH I WISH THIS DAY
TO JUMP ON A HORSE AND FLY AWAY
A CHESTNUT, A ROAN OR A BEAUTIFUL BAY
A SORREL, A BLACK, A FLEA BITTEN GREY

A COOL WIND BLOWS CRISP LEAVES ON THE GROUND
BUT OTHER THAN THAT I DON'T HEAR A SOUND
THE SMELL OF THE BARN, THE PINE, THE LEATHER
NOTHING CAN SPOIL IT, THIS IS RIDING WEATHER

THE SUN MAY SHINE OR PERHAPS IT MAY NOT
BUT THE BEAUTY OF MY HORSE IS MY ONLY THOUGHT
IT HELPS ME FORGET THE YEARS OF TROUBLES AND TRIALS
PEOPLE WHO LIED AND CHEATED AND ALL THE DENIALS

THEY ARE ALWAYS THERE FOR ME NO MATTER HOW SAD
SHOWING ME THE GOOD SIDE OF LIFE AND NOT THE BAD
THIS CRAZY WORLD WE LIVE IN IS ALL LEFT BEHIND
SOFT COATS AND MUZZLES, GENTLE SIGHS SO KIND

SOMEHOW THEY KNOW WHEN THE KIDS COME TO RIDE
STAND STILL IN THE CROSS TIES ALWAYS ABIDE
ONE HOOF TIPPED THEY LET THEM GROOM AND GIGGLE
SO CALM WHILE THEY TACK UP EVEN THOUGH IT MAY JIGGLE

I AM SO BLESSED TO FIND THIS WAY OF LIFE
NO LONGER A MOTHER OR ANYONE'S WIFE
BUT I DO NOT NEED IT FOR I HAVE FOUND A LOVE
THE BEAUTY OF HORSES A GIFT FROM ABOVE.





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