guess where i've been?
mrs pop's flowers....who could stay away?but i stayed on the borderline, on the boundary road. it's the brightest field anyway. wouldn't you just love to run in there and lay yerself down and stare up at the blue through the pink? i would. but no no no. i stay on the tracks... life's about dreamin' in any case.
i rode there twice yesterday. hah. who wouldn't have? first time on De La Rey, aka The General, Finest Hoss On The Planet. well. the horse is south african and aptly named after Jacobus Herculaas De La Rey (fondly known as koos), a famous Boer general. I don't think it's a very popular name down south these days.
"...interest in the life and career of De La Rey has recently made a resurgence in South Africa as a result of a song entitled "De la Rey", by the Afrikaans folk singer Bok van Blerk. The song is about a Boer soldier who, towards the end of the 2nd Boer War, after Lord Kitchener had implemented his scorched earth policy, and had burned the Boer's farm to the ground and put his wife and child in a concentration camp facing almost certain death, in desperation and contemplating the destruction of the Boer nation, calls for General De La Rey, a powerful figure even amongst other successful Boer Generals, to lead the Boer Volk (people) to victory.
The Department of Arts and Culture responded to a request for a statement on the song's potentially subversive lyrics saying that the song was "in danger of being hijacked by a minority of right-wingers", defending the composers' right to free speech and citizens' right to oppose the government through constitutional means, but warning that "those who incite treason, whatever methods they employ, might well find themselves in difficulties with the law." The Democratic Alliance opposition party responded by saying that the song was not nearly as potentially subversive as ANC president Jacob Zuma's song Umshini wami (Zulu for "bring me my machine [gun]"). - WIKIPEDIA
"...He is generally regarded as the bravest of the Boer generals during the Second Boer War and as one of the leading figures of Boer independence. As a guerrilla, his tactics proved extremely successful. De la Rey opposed the war until the last, but when he was once accused of cowardice during a Volksraad session, he replied that if the time for war came, he would be fighting long after all those clamoring for war had given up. This proved to be the case..." - WIKIPEDIA
still. you can't change a horse's name. bad luck. and i don't mess with that kinda stuff. too much of it lurking just behind the door, in the dark corners, tip toeing behind you when you aren't looking. so de la rey aka The General it will stay. and what a fine horse he is.
the old horse is named rhino. go figure. as i said, you can't change a horse's name. no sirree. he stumbles stiffly along, floppy eared but armed with a lion's heart. he always warms up at the end. i love the sound of his shod feet cantering along the mud packed roads between the maize, wind in my hair, sun on my back. who wouldn't feel like the luckiest person alive?
so toodely old toot, y'all. hell, i might even head back to those flowers and cross the borderline this time, on The General. he ain't no coward. wouldn't you?
bisous y'all X X X "lay me down in the tall grass and let me do my stuff" ones...x j.