Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Harness Bells

excerpt:
"He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake."

Is there a better New England winter poem than "Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost? The Norton Farm provides wagon rides through the Old Port these days leading up to Christmas. If you're riding, carol singing is a must. We know this is true. Growing up, J- loved these seasonal wagon rides. So mom and dad were on board for quite a few rides over quite a few years. Giddyup!

13 comments:

  1. Yes, a fine poem. And those horse have beautiful trappings.
    I drove a team of Belgians once or twice but never with bells on their harness. From what you describe, that would have made all the difference.

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  2. The close-up is terrific, and what wonderful memories!!

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  3. Mr. Brattcat and I also loved these rides. I suspect this horse has a finer wardrobe than the horse in Frost's poem.

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  4. I love this photo. That horse look like he's thinking put that camera away and climb on board.

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  5. A magnificent horse and harness. . .and that poem plays a big role in my book LOVE THAT DOG. I think we have sympatico reference points, Birdman.

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  6. When I looked at the picture, I immediately heard the harness bells. Frost's poem fits perfectly.
    ☼ Sunny

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  7. Nice, close photo, Birdman. I like it. And the poem is perfect. Glad you have happy memories.

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  8. Very nice indeed. A sleigh ride sounds like fun.

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  9. Sounds great and this is a nice portrait too. Don't make me sing though, you'd probably regret it.

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  10. Fantastic capture of facade of a horse

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  11. Nice horsies! I guess they make a lovely jingle sound as they clop along the road!

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  12. Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful compositions on his blog. Wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Best wishes. Leovi.

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  13. Marchin O'Neachtain graciouslyDecember 23, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Dashing through the snow
    In a one horse open sleigh
    O'er the fields we go
    Laughing all the way
    Bells on bob tails ring
    Making spirits bright
    What fun it is to laugh and sing
    A sleighing song tonight

    Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh
    Jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh

    A day or two ago
    I thought I'd take a ride
    And soon Miss Fanny Bright
    Was seated by my side
    The horse was lean and lank
    Misfortune seemed his lot
    We got into a drifted bank
    And then we got upsot

    Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh
    Jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh yeah

    Jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh
    Jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh

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