Abandoned on the Trail

Author: Hamlin Garland
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Type: Poetry
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Abandoned on the Trail

A poor old horse with down-cast mien and sad wild eyes,
Stood by the lonely trail--and oh!
He was so piteous lean.
He seemed to look a mild surprise
At all mankind that we should treat him so.
How hardily he struggled up the trail
And through the streams
All men should know.
Yet now abandoned to the wolf, his waiting foe,
He stood in silence, as an old man dreams.
And as his master left him, this he seemed to say:
"You leave me helpless by the path;
I do not curse you, but I pray
Defend me from the wolves' wild wrath!"
And yet his master rode away!