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Wood Fences of Kentucky (Repost for Lizzie)

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0 posted 05-04-2000 01:52 PM       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

Lizzie, I am posting this a thank you to you for all your support, and also just because I thought you would enjoy it. Normandy and Calumet are two of the best known horse farms in Kentucky.

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 serpents along the country roads, weaving to and fro
Wood fences zigzag as they did a hundred years ago
Defining thoroughbred pastures, delineating space
Encasing stately grandeur of the acreage they grace

Within their grasp prized horses are reared and trained and bred
The fences hold 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 tell of trainer and of horseman, each a vital part
Who feel the vibrant spirit of each horse within their heart
Distinctive smells of horse and stable, blatant earthiness
Run 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 chestnut stallions duly bred and bound for Churchill Downs
And supple young Trakehners gently floating ‘cross the ground

The rambling wooden fences in the county of Fayette
Still skirt the rolling 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

The 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 Santos

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1 posted 05-04-2000 02:02 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Calling airlines, making reservations, first plane headed for Kentucky...

Darn it Elizabeth...don't you know I'm out of vacation days and have to work!  A beautiful picture you've painted here...I can smell the stables...I know this was for Lizzie, but I couldn't help but peek in and enjoy it myself...thanks!!!
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2 posted 05-04-2000 02:42 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Me too Liz, this is a most wonderful picture you have painted.  Love ya!
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3 posted 05-04-2000 03:33 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

Liz, I loved this poem. I live on the WV/KY boarder, and I was born in Pike Co. Although I don't live in the "horse country" you describe, I have been there several times, and it is beautiful! Also a timely re-post, because the Kentucky Durby is coming up!  

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