Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 19,745 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

At Grass - Poem by Gert Strydom

There is a cheering crowd in the stands
with some people waving betting cards
while majestically they thunder past
in bright colours with jockeys
standing in the stirrups, bending low
running the distance at full speed.

Some people cheer with joy,
while cameras flash, video cameras record
others disappointed, sit down
waiting for the next race
while crowds of empty cars
wait outside and women parade
their dresses as if on show.

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(after Philip Larkin)

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[Reference At Grass by Philip Larkin.]

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 13, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, August 13, 2012


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