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Here's a poetic kaleidoscope of Opening Meet images conjured up by Martha Drum the evening before, while braiding her horse and cleaning her tack.

martha drum2Opening Meet! Hounds assemble
Veterans chitchat, newbies tremble

Chilly wind, sky clear blue
Scent on frost, turning dew

Youngest rider nods and yawns
Oldest recalls many such dawns

Gents and ladies grin and greet
Ponies yank to reach and eat

Scarlet coats, mounts in braids
Flasks, in case courage fades

Some in perfect kit adorned
Others serviceably well-worn

Green horse wheels and tries to buck
Old horse naps beside the truck

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# Olga Danes-Volkov 2014-11-18 10:57
Great, evocative images. Can't wait for 2016 Season when I will (God willing) hunt again. Even in the UK with the Ban, I still miss it SO much.

Thanks for you lovely poem
# Mary Sue Younger 2014-11-18 11:21
I enjoyed reading that very much!
# Elizabeth H Sutton 2014-11-18 21:37
What a great way to start off our season, thanks for your wonderful creativity.
# gail andersen 2014-11-19 10:09
Hi Martha, your words certainly speak to the heart of it all. We miss you. Say hello to the rest of our old crew for me. Wishing you all the best for the season and the holidays!

Gail Andersen

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