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Fenmen needed a donkey or pony to haul their lighters. Reuben was mentioned and pictured in one of Wicken author, Tony Day's books.

Old Reuben

by Neil Ford

(Work in progress!)

Through the years old Reuben has been more than a workhorse
He's loved by one and all
Hes placid and willing, and can hale a full trio
Out on the fen hell come to your call

He's cared for with love like one of the family
He works hard for his feed every day
Hauling the gangs whatever the load
He knows what to do, we don't have to say

The children adore him and he loves them too
They often climb up for a ride
At the hospital fete he joins in the races
Cheered on by the crowd lined out on the side

When were harvesting crops as we move through the year
Reuben will be there with us
We take the reeds and the rushes, the turf and sedge too
Hauled back to our wharf without any fuss



Neil Ford
Ely, Cambridgeshire
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