On Edgar Winter, A Horse Known as Cloud

On Edgar Winter,
A Horse Known as Cloud

This blog entry is dedicated to my friend Lisa, who rescued two very senior white horses a few years ago, after their initial owner died. (Look at the cool bracelets she makes to support these horses. They're sold on Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville website.)

One of those old fellows, a Cremello Quarter Horse originally named White Cloud (but also known as Edgar Winter and Cloud) passed away today.

(Scroll down to see a slideshow of Cloud and his friend Albert.)

These two elderly gentlemen have long been tagged "The Dirty White Boys" of their pasture, perhaps for their penchant for finding the smallest speck of mud in which to roll.

So long, Cloud. We will miss you.

A Cloud Unveiled

His glory days had long blown by,
This creamy horse, straight from the sky,
When she discovered love again
A-nuzzling his ivory mane.

Although Cloud’s back was ever swayed,
He promptly stood to let her braid.
And marched her twice around the pond,
Devoted with a heart most fond.

A Quarter Horse, long past his game,
He quickly to her heart took aim.
She rescued this one and his pal
A pure white gelding known as Al.

These dirty white boys held their court
In highest fashions for their sport.
With polka dots and fancy trims
They proudly pranced on ancient limbs.

These pensioners beyond belief
Soon willingly turned o’er new leaf.
They sprouted wings, at least in heart,
But couldn’t bear to be apart.

Now Cloud has gone alone ahead;
Arthritic longings he has shed.
Perhaps he prances in the sky
Through thunderheads aloft on high.

His comrade Albert, Sir the Lame,
May linger, nickering his name,
And search the pasture, ne’er to find
His equine partner, Cloud the Blind.

Inseparable, though they’d be,
For years until eternity,
Now Albert strolls a solo stride
Without Cremello horse to guide.

For cloudy eyes of palest blue
Have since regained their light and hue.
This noble gentle equine friend
Will gallop pastures without end.

c2010 by Linda Ann Nickerson

“But I have promises to keep,
and miles to go before I sleep,
and miles to go before I sleep.”
Robert Frost



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  1. Very, very nice, to be sure. A beautiful story of friendship.

    Happy New Year

  2. What a moving and beautiful tribute to Cloud...I had a lump in my throat. Your friend is a wonderful person for what she does. And your poem was so well written! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Beautiful words, Lisa will have wonderful memories of Cloud.

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  5. This is so beautifully done! The rhymes work well and it flows as gracefully as horses cantering over a pasture.

  6. Very, very nice! Lovely tribute in a fine, fine verse!

  7. very touching.. what wonderful old boys...we have a 38 year old pony, so we can relate to these wonderful old equine gentleman.

  8. Thank you for this. Such a beautiful tribute. I feel the loss. I'm sorry for it.

  9. What a lovely tribute.........Bless her heart for taking these friends in and staying with Cloud until the end. Cloud will be galloping free amongst the clouds!

  10. lovely poem and a wonderful tribute to two good friends...:)

    and the rhyme?....great!

  11. oh this was such a lovely tribute :)

  12. sorry about your horse...a lovely tribute to a friend...

  13. I came over to see if you'd posted your Theme Thursday. How sad. I had a little Cremello mare years ago she was my joy. Now I too have two elderly white Gentlemen. Once lovely and dappled they're standing waiting for their dinner covered in dust and mud but that's the way they like it! Lovely blog. I shall visit again.

  14. Lovely tribute and wow, with all the participation themes you work this into...

  15. beautiful homage to a dignified gentleman and a beautiful friendship. your graceful verse is the perfect vehicle.

  16. What a wonderful tribute to such a beautiful horse! Great poem! Reminds me of of the wonderful poems from yesteryear.

    Blessings, CordieB.



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