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Nine o'clock horses - A story rhyme

By Darinda and Tara Freeman
Darinda says: "The idea of the nine o'clock horses were used by my grandmother, my mother and now me as a 'threat' to get children to sleep. They seem sinister so Tara (7) suggested we write a story that makes them seem 'nicer'."

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I'm in my pyjamas
All ready for bed
When up pop the words that my Grandmother said.

Come my love
Brush your teeth
Lay down your head.

Switch out your light
Come kiss me goodnight
The nine o'clock horses are taking flight.

Illustration from 'The nine o'clock horses'
Illustration from 'The nine o'clock horses'

Soon the moon will rise
The sun will fall
Lay still my child or heed my call.

Sleepy one
Do not look to the sky
Empty your thoughts, close your eyes.

Hold on to Ted
Snuggle down
In your bed.

Stay inside your covers
Or I must tell your mother
And NO talking 'til quarter to nine.

Switch out your light
Come kiss me goodnight
The nine o'clock horses are taking flight.

My sister she fears
Fierce horses, sharp teeth
Like thunder, like waves on the sea.

I tell her, my honey
There's no need to worry
But she is only three.

I think these horses
Glow, shimmering bright
Casting around a silvery light.

Cross the sky like a song
Whispering
'Sweet dreams won't be long.'

These nightmares
You'll find
Are gentle and kind.

Catch a ride
Softly fall
Into sleep.

To a land full of dreams
Where there's chocolate streams
Mountain tops with blankets of cream.

But still…

If my grandmother knew
How we worry with fright
'Bout the nine o'clock horses, deep into the night,
Perhaps she'd just wish us a simple…

Illustrations from 'The nine o'clock horses'
Illustrations from 'The nine o'clock horses'

'Goodnight.'

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