The ups and downs of life
by cricketjeff on December 28, 2009. © Jeff Green, All rights reserved
The best year that the shepherd’s ever known,
He gives his wife another piece of silver
And gives his dog a tasty marrow bone.
A jacket from the London tailor Gorringe,
He likes to cut a dash on market day.
A herring bone that’s lined in glowing orange —
And bright enough to frighten birds away.
Then for his horse a set of tack in purple,
He should have guessed life isn’t like a dream.
Halfway to town he snaps the horse’s curpel
And tumbles down into a muddy stream.
A wiser man would dress in greens and browns
A farmer’s life is full of ups and downs!
A chilver is a ewe lamb, a curpel is another name for a crupper, a strap that goes from the saddle round the horse’s rump, and Gorringe is a surname from Sussex and the name of a famous tailors shop and school outfitter.