The Widecombe Fair Chestnt Mare

Alan S Jeeves 1951 (Lancashire)



A young chestnut soon takes my fancy
At Widecombe Fair's summer sale.
A blaze on her nose
Sealed the deal, I suppose,
And the flail of a ruby red tail.

They cantered her round in the bull ring
I watched her, as handsome she stood;
I thought on the day
I would, if I may,
Adopt her ~ If only I could.

The auctioneer called her to enter
The bidding was due to be heard
I tendered a price
And amended it twice
Then followed it up with a third.

The offers were bellowed and gestured
And each drove the asking price high.
For horsehair and hoof
The price hits the roof
And is fixed with the wink of an eye.

The arena ebbs heatedly silent
Where perspiring droplets are shed.
My heart skips a beat
And falls to my feet
As I just sense the nod of my head.

So finally, everyone falters
(And much to the dealer's delight)
The gavel falls ~ slam!
How gladsome I am,
As she sleeps in my stable tonight.

About this poem

Rhyming quintains from 1987 using a scheme of abccb... and so on.

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Submitted by AlanSJeeves on July 15, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XABBA XCDDC XEFFE EGHHG XIJJI XKLLK
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 861
Words 176
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

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Alan S Jeeves is a Lancashire (England) born, Yorkshire based classical poet. more…

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