Running in circles

The last Ekphrastic challenge prompt was this painting by Ginny Caraco, and this is one of the poems I submitted. Probably not very diplomatic but I love the beauty of horses and hate to see them abused. Horse racing is after all about making lots of money for racehorse owners and bookies.

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Running in circles


Round and round the horses run,

bridled, blinkered and bit-bound mouths.

On their saddled backs perch little men

capped and caparisoned in gaudy silks,

circus monkey-mastering

the flow of muscle-powered grace

and beauty with whip

and the wrenching of soft mouth tissue.

Round and round

while cash piles and shifts to the din of cupidity

pounding round



In the meadow that was once,

when the world was quiet green,

a shadow passes.

Ghost shapes glide and watch

from their distance of death

the children with nothing of their ancestors

but the grass beneath their hooves.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

7 thoughts on “Running in circles”

  1. There’s a racetrack in California that has had so many horse deaths recently they are considering closing it. It’s a barbaric “sport” for sure. (K)

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