September 1, 2019

War Horse

you can tell somebody how to do it
but you can’t tell them how to do it—
show by doing—dog and pony show
see and be seen ya know
you can lead a horse to water 
but you can’t make him drink
he’s a whiskey horse himself 
but he’s okay with vodka or gin
a horse soldier who never said yes sir to anybody
kept his mouth shut and just did his job
a career military horse
rose to the rank of major
an officer and a gentleman--liked his apples
hard cider is his favorite
did 20 years—left the army
got crappy care from the VA like everybody else
paperwork, an artillery barrage of red tape
he had to pay the bills somehow
pulled a plow the rest of his life
workin’ the fields, getting his back into his living

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