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Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)
TITLE: Racing Backwards
By Helen Murray
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Down on the farms the silence reigned upon the great vacation.
The morning dawned, and city bound, in fashionable citation
The folks departed, heads held high with excited jubilation,
Their workboots left behind to wait for news and celebration.
For this was the great day that all their plans came to fruition.
They’d gathered with their floats and hopes and so-called intuition.
Everyone prepared to win in this salacious congregation.
Not one of them had planned to lose, or know dis-satisfaction
Every trainer studied in the facts of horse nutrition.
Cunning bookies offered prizes for a winner’s financial portion
Owners had paced trials, and from the fence made calculation.
Jockeys clambered on in trust their horse had clever notion.
They lined up at the starting gates in brightest expectation.
Some rearing, others plunging, prancing in exhilaration.
Spectators gathered, raising tickets in anticipation,
Watching for their favourites, craning necks with great elation.
BANG! The starting gates are flung. There goes Determination
Sitting pretty on the fence alongside dainty Fascination.
Pounding just behind them is the massive Contribution
Followed neatly by the sweet brown mare Hallucination.
What is Bertrand’s Fancy doing? Great Scot! He’s running backwards.
And look, so many follow him. All stable mates at Lockwoods.
What has the trainer down there done.to set up such an option.
Those horses won’t go forward. No! They’re backing toward the canyon.
Overstepping is a problem for the ungainly Feminisation.
She’s clipped the hooves of many a horse. There’ll be a consultation
At the finish line with that disconsolate gelding called Deflation,
Alongside them in pristine form runs the well-trained Litigation.
The finishing post has come to view with the leader Evangelisation.
And chasing him with outstretched necks are Persecution and Indignation.
But thundering past down the outside track is the mighty Perspicacious.
Can he do it? Close shave!. Photos? Yes. Magnificent! Victorious!
But what of Lockwood’s rebel ranks? They’ve all fallen down the canyon!
There was Bertrand’s Fancy, Ingratiate, and the celebrated Rationalisation.
Evolution went too, though inconceivable how that three legged horse ran at all.
Sure, this is the race that will never be forgot when Adam’s stable instigated the fall.
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