Oh, there are lots of famous people who I'd consider icons of leadership, industry, or history. People, who we might agree made big changes in the world. But this tribute does not belong to any person. It belongs to our four legged friend. The animal that shaped our history and forged pathways in the hearts and minds of an entire population of humans. This tribute is for the mighty horse.
Tribute To An Icon by Don Jessop
As she walked through the valley of the shadow death, she saw no evil.
Fearful, no doubt, afraid of a butterfly, a wind change, or any upheaval.
But willing and courageous, she'd follow a leader, despite not knowing why.
Confused, mistreated by some, yet adored by those who recognized her try.
At times, a partner in crime, like with Jesse James, and other societal banes.
At times, for justice, responding to the lawmen, some, portrayed by John Wayne.
Back further, into the hearts of the natives, in a free land, open and untamed.
She chased after buffalo, carrying a rider pinned by his knees to take closer aim.
She fought wars with the greats, Napoleon, Alexander, Chinggis Khan, and more.
Never choosing a side, she became a true weapon, like no other ever seen before.
She powered machines, paved way for trains, canals, and made our cities better.
She raced the country, sack on her back, holding more than one precious letter.
When industry abandoned her and wars did not need, she was not exorcised.
She became our excuse to escape to elsewhere, competing to win a small prize.
For those who did not seek a crowd, a new form of leisure ascended the ranks.
She carried out campers and hunters with heavy packs set high upon her flanks.
And again, she did not question her role in our life, wishing not for another task.
Merely wanting kind treatment, and for us to be mindful of the effort which we ask.
Soon, came countless other endeavors from our insatiable human desires.
From trick riding, and racing, and even therapy, to help tame our internal fires.
What can we give her for what she has done? What tribute, fitting and true?
We've come so far, all because of her, further than anyone ever knew.
Perhaps, as a gift, we bring her a future with companions who see even deeper.
True partners, with kind, leader-like hands, saving a place in our hearts to keep her.
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