The adventures of Gilly the rescue horse and his side kick and partner in crime, Pokey the donkey.


Being with a horse is a journey that never ends. What they have to teach us is amazing; but we must quiet our mind to hear them. ~ jca


Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening...................

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

by Robert Frost

I love that poem because of the snow and of course the horse and sleigh, "my little horse must think it queer to stop without a farmhouse near" then he shakes his harness bells to ask if there is a mistake....why are we stopping??? When I was in high school and read this poem I never thought that I would someday have a sleigh to be pulled by my horse. Well, it was my second horse Copper that got that honor.
Here is Copper in 1979 pulling my sleigh, a very small one but a sleigh; my two nieces, my daughter and a friend are in the sleigh. I was behind the camera lens. What fun we had then, we had built a huge fire farther away down the field that is out of sight; it was really cold that day.
Copper had sleigh bells on too, what a merry sound they made ringing through the crisp winter air!

I don't have that sleigh anymore, would Gilly pull it if I did? Not sure but I think he would and Pokey would be tagging along behind!


Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Oooo, I love Frost and I LOVE that poem! I have never been in a sleigh before. It's one of my dreams to drive one someday!
We had a few snow flurries today. I love snow:)

Mary said...


Oh, try it, please? I'm a lover of snow scenes and that one made ma heart melt.

And, when you have your sleigh and new bells for Gilly and Pokey, share with us?

I love that Robert Frost poem.

You see, I'm from Maryland and lived my first 50 years with snowy winters, fun, and hot chocolate. Now, I miss it.


blackfeatherfarm said...

One of my all time favorite poems, and a dream of mine to drive a sleigh in the snow ! I see I'm not alone in this !

Jennifer B. said...

Oh Jane i am soooo jealous! A SLEIGH!!! If i win the lotto i am getting me one and a big beautiful Freisian to pull it....sigh...I certainly dont think my little quarter horses would think much of the idea!!! But like Pokey and Gilly they would sure follow along!!!


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