Just a Horse?

“Just a Horse”
(Author Unknown)

From time to time, people tell me,
“Lighten up, it’s just a horse,” or,
“That’s a lot of money for just a horse.”

They don’t understand the distance traveled,
the time spent, or the cost involved for “just a horse.”
Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a horse.”

Many hours have passed and my only companion was “just a horse,”
but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a horse,”
and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a horse”
gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

(If you too, think it’s “just a horse,”
then you will probably understand phrases like,
“just a friend,” and “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”)

“Just a horse” brings into my life the very essence of
friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.
“Just a horse” brings out the compassion and patience
that makes me a better person.
Because of “just a horse,” I will rise early, take long walks,
and look longingly into the future.

So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a horse,”
but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of
the fond memories of the past,
and the pure joy of the moment.

“Just a horse” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts
away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that
it’s not “just a horse”
but the thing that gives me humanity
and keeps me from being “just a man or woman.”

So the next time you hear the phrase, “just a horse,”
just smile, because they “just” don’t understand.