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2005 - 2008 Per Contra: The International Journal of the Arts, Literature and Ideas. 

 

 

 

 

The Queen stood for what seemed

hours while Barbaro

 

was honored after they had had

to put him down. Why

 

do they race them so young?

Money. She wore a lime-

 

green outfit, even her shoes

matched. Her hat was no

 

surprise to those of us

who remember half a century

 

of  royal millinery

adorned with clusters of cherries

 

or sprouts of fake ivy.

Her keen eye for the horses

 

was dispassionate but

the announcement that she rides

 

her horse on weekends spoke to me.

Weekends!

 

Is there so much to do

Monday through Friday when

 

youre Queen? Dutifully standing

through all the lesser races

 

and taking the steps without

a hand on railings, that is

 

queenly. But some wicked

Wednesday Id like to see

 

Her Majesty, entourage and all

in the saddle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kentucky Derby by Maxine Kumin

 

 

 

 

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