Where the Brumbies Come to Water

Where the Brumbies Come to Water

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Today’s horse poetry is another sad one written in 1898 by William Ogilvie, a Scottish narrative poet and horse lover.

Where the Brumbies Come to Water

There’s a lonely grave half -hidden where the blue- grass droops above,
And the slab is rough that marks it, but we planted it for love;
There’s a well-worn saddle hanging in the harness- room at home
And a good old stock-horse waiting for the steps that never come;

There’s a mourning rank of riders closing in on either hand
Over the vacant place he left us — he, the best of all the band,
Who is lying cold and silent with his hoarded hopes unwon
Where the brumbies come to water at the setting of the sun.

Some other mate with rougher touch will twist our greenhide tidings,
And round the fire some harsher voice will sing his lilting songs ;
His dog will lick some other hand, and when the wild mob swings
We’ll get some slower rider to replace him in the wings;

His horse will find a master new ere twice the sun goes down,
But who will kiss his light-o’-love a-weeping in the town? —
His light o’-love who kneels at night beyond the long lagoon
Where the brumbies come to water at the rising of the moon.

We’ve called her hard and bitter names who chose — another’s wife —
To chain our comrade in her thrall and wreck his strong young life;
We’ve cursed her for her cruel love that seared like hate — and yet
We know when all is over there is one will not forget,

As she piles the white bush blossoms where her poor lost lover lies
With the death-dew on his foi’ehead and the grave- dark in his eyes,
Where the shadow-line is broken by the moonbeams’ silver bars,
And the brumbies come to water at the lighting of the stars.

Deep William

Williams poems are often bitterly sad, but so filled with emotion I can’t resist sharing more and more of them. If you’d like some thing lighter, be sure to try For Want of a Horseshoe Nail.