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Old Rebel

Early in the mornin as the mist starts to rise
I saddle up Old Rebel and we head out for a ride
He's growin old but still a bit of fire in his eyes
Standin there waitin as I brush his side

The old horse and me been down some trails
When we were young, lean and bold
When I call upon him to run, he never fails
Years have worked us both more and more we feel the cold

I stirrup into the seat, his withers shiver and shake
Muscles tigthin as he waits for the spur
His eyes turn to me dark as a mountain lake
I rub his neck, pat his head, hair soft as fur

No kick is needed Old Rebel knows when to go
Out the corral gate past the old bunk house
To the far edge of the prairie where the hills start to grow
Not to long on the ride we ruffle some grouse

Sun startin to climb and warm our old bones
Sittin my old friend he strong as a stump
When I am ridin Old rebel I'm never alone
We don't run as fast or take to the jump

Old age had crept on us both so very fast
Thinkin of him gone brings a tear, fills me with remorse
What a joy if we could ride back to our past
Just me and Old Rebel my trusted horse  

                                          Edwin J. Smith
                                          The Old Cowboy

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