Jimi Doyle

Rookie - 104 Points (Chicago)

Kentucky Derby - Poem by Jimi Doyle

(for Smarty Jones)


a barn sleeper
he can swim in the sun, in a barn

he loafs in an apple yard,
snapping the pea grass
as blossoms inhale and exhale kentucky spring

his friend the goat is
trimming the grass beneath

today is saturday

steel strips are winged to his toes
tiny shields

he can carry a man running
his tail is a whisper trail

in sharp silk clothing
a fearless man holds on
still cropping the slender useless whip
a man and a race-horse in a jagged steady burst
pushing through the vortex

is this the vortex of horse speed?
a horse in a puff
in a dreamscape a puff

can he see the dawn coming?

he's fast!
on his toes and
he's passed us!

Comments about Kentucky Derby by Jimi Doyle

  • (2/12/2007 12:05:00 AM)

    Somehow I missed this poem when I first read your work. This time it ends up in the winner's circle. (Report) Reply

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  • (5/27/2004 7:29:00 AM)

    THis poem just gallops along at a good clip (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 27, 2004

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 7, 2010

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