Light Horse Art Ron & Jennifer Marshall Marshall Fine Art Editions

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Taffy Waits 

by Kym Eitel

 

By the gumtree in the paddock, Taffy stands. 

A handsome chestnut gelding, fifteen hands. 

He hears his owner calling 

so he stands beside the gate 

for his boy to take him riding. 

Taffy waits. 

 

The Remount Section’s looking.  Taffy’s sold. 

He’s strong and fit with coat and heart of gold. 

He’s led aboard a steam ship. 

Taffy’s tense but braves the fates. 

Across the sea he travels. 

Taffy waits. 

 

His rider’s Corporal Edwards, Taffy’s friend. 

They form a special bond no war can end. 

Each day brings blood and battle, 

lack of food emaciates, 

but at night he rests by starlight. 

Taffy waits. 

 

Through explosions, bullets, shrapnel, Taffy strides, 

hears Edwards curse the Turkish as he rides. 

Then a scream, and Edwards falling 

as a bomb shell detonates. 

By his wounded rider’s body, 

Taffy waits. 

 

Edwards reaches out a hand and Taffy neighs. 

His instincts spur to flee this blood-filled blaze, 

but he’s loyal to his partner; 

nearby fighting escalates. 

Taffy won’t desert his rider. 

Taffy waits. 

His muscles twitch with fear then Taffy sees 

his master rising slowly to his knees. 

Despite the crack of gunfire, 

in the smoke-filled hell he hates, 

grenades go whizzing past but 

Taffy waits. 

 

His eyes are ringed with white, poor Taffy’s scared 

but thankful that his rider has been spared. 

Heroic hoof beats gallop 

through the enemy to mates. 

By the canvas tent with crosses, 

Taffy waits. 

 

He hears the war has ended.  Taffy sighs. 

But ‘home’ is not an option.  Edwards cries. 

Each man must shoot his mount now, 

and in spite of mass debates, 

for a single, silver bullet, 

Taffy waits. 

 

In the peaceful grass in Heaven, Taffy rests. 

Three hundred thousand horses, other guests. 

But he’s waiting for two people 

as he stands by pearly gates. 

For his boy and Corporal Edwards, 

Taffy waits. 

 

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Jennifer:

I picked up the print today from our nosy small town postal worker. "What did you get from Australia?" she asked. When I remarked that it was a print of the Australian Light Horse in WWI all that generated was a very puzzled look.
In any event the print is absolutely gorgeous . . . better "in person" than on the website! Thanks so much for sending it out so fast. Now I've got to make some wall space available . . .
michael-j-martin Mike

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Dear Mr. Marshall,

Your print on canvas "The Charge" was given to me at my retirement dinner by my officers of the Special Operations Component, Coral Springs Police Department in Coral Springs, Florida. Trully stunning rendition which captures the excitement of the moment while conveying a warmth of comeradeship to the end. It will hang in my study above my collection of King and Country Lighthorsemen collectibles.

I served 35 years with Coral Springs Police Department with the last four years as Captain of the S.O.C. which is 26 officers strong with various units (Tactical & Gang, K-9, Bikes and Substations).

Your painting made my day, thank you, F McK.