Racehorse Dreams: my latest .@ImageCurve #haibun

“It was one of his many ‘get rich quick’ schemes,” Mom says.

She and Dad bought a racehorse with some thoroughbred blood in it. They hired a trainer and jockey, and rented stables. They planned to train the horse as a pacer for the trot car races: popular at Yonkers Raceway, Monticello and the like.

Unfortunately, the animal pulled up lame in its first race. After months of veterinary care, the horse would never race again.

They couldn’t even put it to stud.

maple leaves

rustle in a summer breeze

a horse’s snort

Photo by Fred Mouniguet

first published in Image Curve, February 28, 2019

for Real Toads’ Season Your Poetry Part II (imagined by Toni Spencer)


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