Happy New Year everyone!
I posted this on Facebook, but it's so good, I decided to post it here too for anyone not on Facebook. It's a touching poem by Francis Alexander Durivage that I ran across while reading James Williamson's book "Mosby's Rangers."
There hangs a sabre, and there a rein,
With rusty buckle and green curb chain;
A pair of spurs on the old gray wall,
And a mouldy saddle - well, that is all.
Come out to the stable; it is not far,
The moss-grown door is hanging ajar;
Look within! There’s an empty stall,
... Where once stood a charger - and that is all.
The good black steed came riderless home,
Flecked with blood-drops, as well as foam,
Do you see that mound, where the dead leaves fall?
The good black horse pined to death - that is all.
All? O, God! It is all I can speak.
Question me not - I am old and weak.
His saddle and sabre hang on the wall,
And his horse pined to death - I have told you all.