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A POEM HART WROTE FOR FRITZ:
“You do give old Fritz a pat on the nose
and when your arm encircles his neck
the cloud of dust
is no longer a cloud of dust
but a beautiful golden haze,
through which appears a long phantom herd of trailing cattle –
at their head, a pinto pony a pinto pony
with an empty saddle
and then a low, loved whinny the whinny
of a horse so fine –
that nothing seems to live between it and silence.”
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The poem is incredibly sweet and beautiful. Wow.