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Riderless Horse

Story ID:6380
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:1800
Person:Pensive Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Riderless Horse


Riderless Horse

This beautiful steed
That you see
Held by a PFC
A member of the U.S. Cavalry,

Was the lone survivor
Of that terrible morn
In the famous battle
Of the “Little Big Horn”

Custer’s two favorite horses
“Dandy” and “Vic” were their names
One survived this slaughter he was
Put out to pasture, no more war games.

No one seems sure
Whether this is Dandy or Vic
Kinda up for grabs
You take your pick.

If we could only see into this horses brain
Witness all the killing and feel all the pain
Bodies of men and horses falling like rain
Would be so hard to keep from going insane..

But only the Human
Is capable of this
Thoughts of the carnage of “Little Bighorn”
Not easy to dismiss.
Monte L. Manka 10-01-10