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Kate and Annie
by Karen C Vanderlaan
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Kate and Annie


They work together, these two giants,

They have learned well the commands,

“Gee” and “Haw” “giddup” and “Whoa”,

They pull the homemade steel plow and planter,

Then the harvester and the wagon to bring it all in.


Their owner drives as his father before him,

And his father’s father when there was no other way,

And he teaches the same to his own boy,

And he hopes that his ways won’t be lost.


But Kate and Annie don’t know this history,

They just know to pull and to turn with care,

For their concern is the hay, grain and water,

Laced with a gentle rub on the muzzle,

And kind words when a days work is done.

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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 4/17/2009
They sort of remind me of the work horses on Uncle Joes farm when I was little. It was great fun to ride on their back and pet them.......M
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 4/13/2009
Karen, this is beautiful...your words and the photo both.
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 4/12/2009
I liked this as it reminds me of something from John Steinbeck whom I loved at one time to read...well done
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/12/2009
Clydesdales? I love Clydes. They're GORGEOUS! As is this write. Well done, Karen!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/12/2009
ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! What beauties!!!!!!! These gentle giants certainly DO bring tears to the eyes, Karen. There is a song called "Heavy Horses" by Jethro Tull which never fails to make me cry, just by telling of the strength and nostalgia that these creatures embody. Their earthy majesty makes the heart pound for certain sure. Lovely work, thank you. xx
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 4/12/2009
You bring the senses alive with this nostalgic penning Karen and the picture is perfect. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
Reviewed by Dallas D'Angelo-Gary 4/12/2009
Magnificent! I could see these fine horses, and smell the freshly turned earth.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/12/2009
Those old days, when the sowing was done after the plowing and the natural fertilizing, with the scent of earth waiting to offer a crop from irrigated seeds with sweat.
Sorry that there so few of Kate and Annie out there.


Reviewed by Darrell and Kathy Adams 4/11/2009
Wonderful. I will remember Kate and Annie. Be well, Kathy
Reviewed by H Cruz 4/11/2009
Who needs a tractor when you have K & A around!

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