The Kentucky Derby Winner

A Derby Day poem

Photo by Whitney Combs on Unsplash

~after William Carlos Williams

The horse’s flanks
shine wet

slick with sweat
ribbed breath

muscular
neck wreathed

with red roses
dying.

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Jay Sizemore

Provocative truth teller, author of 19 poetry collections. Cat dad. Dog dad. Currently working from Portland, Oregon. Learn more at: Jaysizemore.com.