On Saturday 10th November, a much loved friend died.




No need now to leopard crawl around the kitchen

Whilst making breakfast tea

Trying to avoid your scrutiny and strident summons

No longer the ritual of twice daily feeds

The sweet smell of pony nuts and alfalfa

The dusty musk of hay

The quickening clip up the field as you hurried for your commons

The chopping of bulk bought carrots

No more satisfying your imperious demands and needs.

No need now to stifle the taste of medicines

In a black treacle sugar bomb

No call for grooming, for brush, for curry comb.

Who will keep the pheasant company now?

How will magpies gather horse hair for the nest?

Gone, the gentle push of mossy muzzle,

The warm whickers at the gate

The chance to chat to you in your shelter

To even practice salsa dance steps (to your surprise)

To witness sunset, sunrise

And the twilight thrills of these star dark skies.

Gone the fearsome rat stamping hooves

The pony roll amongst spring grass and orchids

The occasional frantic field wide gallop

One eye always on the 5 bar gate

Ever ready for escape.

Yesterday, I found you mounded

Fallen, your body a still living boulder

But collapsed on the brackened, brambled floor.

Blanketed, soothed, then sedated,

I stroked your face as you nickered

Panicked, wheezed and rattled

Then calmed, relaxed, got settled.

The vet came, and sent you peace – ward

And now, we’ll go a waltzing with Matilda

No more.

10 Comments on “On Saturday 10th November, a much loved friend died.”

  1. A lovely tribute to a lovely little pony, it made me cry.


  2. tcemmasavage says:

    This is really touching and has brought a tear to my eye. I am sorry for your loss :’-(


  3. Briony Patten says:

    Lovely Marc.
    Lots of love to you and Helen.


  4. stew1e says:

    Heartfelt condolences, Marc. I feel as if I knew her, now!


  5. Amy Forbes says:

    Really beautiful poem marc, we are so sorry to hear and will miss her when we come down; she has been a part of our wales experience for as long as i can remember. We all had a tear in our eyes by the end.
    Lots of Love
    Amy, Suzi, Ian and Ali xx


    • hello Amy Suzi Ian and Alison
      I’m glad you liked it and you’re right, things won’t feel quite the same – but Matilda had lots of good friends, your good selves very much top of the list – take care and lots of love Marc xx


  6. Kate James says:

    Loss of a loved one is never easy and never forgotten. There is no question in my mind, Matilda was well loved and will live on in your hearts. I will be making a donation in Matilda’s memory to the Guelph Veterinary Hospital (top vet college/hospital in Canada). My heartfelt condolences are with you.



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