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Wood Fences of Kentucky

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 11-12-1999 07:19 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Wood Fences of Kentucky

In the heartland of Kentucky along the bluegrass countryside
Below the winding Elkhorn lie the jewels of Southern pride
On the outer fringe of Lexington, white pillars and black gates
Mark the aristocratic realm of equestrian estates

Like serpants along the country roads, weaving to and fro
Wood fences zig zag as they did a hundred years ago
Defining thoroughbred pastures, deliniating space
Encasing the stately grandeur of the acreage they grace

Within their grasp prized horses are reared and trained and bred
The fences surround the sheltered life of the bluegrass thoroughbred
If they could speak, they'd tell us tales of old Kentucky lore
Of celebrated horses that have grazed their fields before

They'd speak not only of the pride of thoroughbreds of speed
But of the equal reverence shown no matter what the breed
They'd tell about the intimate ties between a man and horse
A Morgan or an Arabian or an American Quarter
Horse

They'd speak of trainer and of horseman, each a vital part
Who feel the vibrant spirit of each horse within their heart
The distinctive smell of horse and stable, the blatant earthiness
Runs through their veins just as the pride and passion they possess

The wood and limestone fences hold the cherished legacy
Of horses crowned with roses in simplistic pageantry
Of a chestnut stallion duly bred and bound for Churchill Downs
And a supple young Trakehner, who gently floats across the ground

Fences contained within the lovely county of Fayette
Gently grace the hills of Normandy and Calumet
A monument to Man o' War, the greatest racing horse
The auctions and traditions of the Keeneland racing course

They house the stables and the farriers, grand and splendid barns
The stately mansion houses of the old Kentucky farms
The simple pure and wondrous beauty of a mare and foal
Which represent the very essence of Kentucky's soul

Wood fences neatly encircle the horse farms that abound
And are deeply steeped in heritage and tradition they surround
The Bluegrass Country glistens still in the glory that it yields
And the fences of Kentucky still meander through the fields

Elizabeth
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1 posted 11-12-1999 07:26 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Wow "Liza-Beth"...yall done good here! This was very picturesque..and I have seen the pictures you describe here....
Poet deVine
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2 posted 11-12-1999 07:59 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Second that wow! Superbly written..very visual...When you can see some by reading someone's words, you KNOW the poem succeeded! And this one has in every way!
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3 posted 11-12-1999 09:47 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Excellent job, Elizabeth... thanks for the visit! *S*
hoot_owl_rn
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I've been to kentucky, thanks for the reminder visit
Denise
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5 posted 11-12-1999 08:50 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I felt like I just had a lovely trip! Thanks!

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Denise

Seymour Tabin
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6 posted 11-12-1999 09:01 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth,
Superb would be a good word to describe your lovely poem. This is a keeper.
Denise
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This is one of the first of yours that I read, Elizabeth!  This is a work of art!

 Denise

 
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