It's Poetry Friday, hosted this week by MsMac at Check It Out. Participating in Poetry Friday has improved my happiness.
"Dark Pony" appears in Basic Readers published by Scott, Foresman and Company. The basic readers were fixtures in elementary school classrooms, and they have been both admired and reviled for the way they taught children to read—or failed to do so.
I could read before I ever got to school, so I'm not a data point in that argument. Still, the books were in the classroom and I read from them. I love Dark Pony. I love galloping language like this...
"Every night his four little feet
came galloping, galloping, galloping.
His color was dark, and he came
So that is why all the children
called him Dark Pony."
That is fun to read aloud, and it is very satisfying to know a long string of letters like "galloping" by sight.
I love that Dark Pony links to so many other poems about horses in my head. . .