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Updated: March  2008

God Bless America

Just a Horse

From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up,
 it's just a horse," or,
"that's a lot of money for just a horse".
They don't understand the
distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a horse."
Some of my proudest moments have come
 about with
"just a horse."

Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a horse,"
but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by
"just a horse,"
and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch
of "just a horse"
gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think it's "just a horse,"
 then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."

"Just a horse"
 brings into my life
 the very essence of
trust, and pure
 unbridled joy.
 "Just a horse"
brings out the compassion
and patience that make me a better person. Because of "just a horse"
 I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly    to the future.

So for me and folks
 like me, it's not
"just a horse"
but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

"Just a horse"
 brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday
 they can understand that it's not
"just a horse"
but the thing that gives me
humanity and keeps me from being "just a woman/man."

So the next time you
 hear the phrase
"just a horse"
just smile, because
they "just" don't understand.
(author unknown)