War Horse

I’m half-way through Morpurgo’s ‘War Horse’. How easily I was coaxed into taking the pov of a horse! At times I’ve been damp eyed. My dad drove similar artillery horses on the Somme – fortunately for both of us he was only wounded. I recall him saying to me: ‘A man should always see to his horse before himself’. I’ve never owned a horse but have tried to apply that caution to all animals.

Charles Wm Nicholson, Royal Artillery 1914

The trailer for Spielberg’s film version looks magnificent – I’ll need to make a rare visit to the cinema.

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About Harry Nicholson

I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. I write a few poems and short stories. There is an eBook anthology of them, 'Green Linnet' on Amazon. Also a novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' I've a blog of poems, stories and art at: https://1513fusion.wordpress.com/
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4 Responses to War Horse

  1. Mary-Rose says:

    Harry, if you ever get the chance to see the stage version of Warhorse do take it; then you will discover that not only can you be easily seduced into seeing things from the POV of a horse, but that you can believe a huge puppet on sticks actually is a living animal. And I suspect the music might be better (but haven’t seen the film yet).

  2. I did read Black Beauty, though the recall is swathed in mist.
    Dad had to clear up the horse vomit as his troopship went through Biscay en route for Salonika.

  3. vivinfrance says:

    That rule is engrained in me from childhood horsey reading and later put into practice with the children’s ponies. The pov of a horse has a good precedent: did you read Black Beauty as a child?

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