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carla hawkiinson.41Carla Hawkinson, MFH with her soulmate, Forty-One, her inspiration for the poem / Joy Bragg photoThis wonderful poem recently appeared on  This poem recently appeared on FaceBook under the credit line, Author Unknown. We must correct that! The author is Carla Hawkinson, MFH of the Tennessee Valley Hunt.

"Hark! Old Horse" was published in the Summer, 2008 issue of Covertside when I was editor of that magazine. It surely deserves to be re-published, and Foxhunting Life is proud to do it...with appropriate credit.  -Ed.

Hark! Old horse.
Please meet me at the gate.
Hounds are leaving kennels soon,
And we will not be late.

Step up. Old horse.
Carry me to the meet.
Our years together count for much,
Though you're no longer fleet.

Trot on. Old horse.
I know you hear the horn.
The hounds are in the valley now,
The fox is in the corn!

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# Paul Kraus 2013-12-19 17:12
Poignant and intensely moving to anyone who has had a wonderful old campaigner reaching the end of his days in the hunt field.
"please meet me at the gate" indeed!!
well done!!... and sincere thanks.
Paul Kraus
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# Olga Danes-Volkov 2013-12-20 10:09
What a lovely poem, made me cry a little, sitting at my desk in England! Hope he does more seasons yet... Thank you

Olga Danes-Volkov
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# Carla Hawkinson 2014-01-05 13:39
Thank you for the kind comments. The subject of this poem, the horse of my heart, died at age 27 last April. He hunted most of 19 seasons. Please feel free to share this poem with anyone who will take comfort in it. Carla Hawkinson, MFH, TVH
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# Mary Millhiser 2014-01-14 23:54
I was told just yesterday that one of my field hunters, a really magnificent animal, has in all liklihood reached indeed the end of his days in the hunt field. I'm so sad about it. It's hard to accept when his spirit & drive is still strong.
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