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  1. #1
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    Default The Phar Lap poem...

    A big thank you to Monique who had a copy of the poem I was after (and who typed it out). It is such a nice poem, (and IMO, underrated) I wanted to share with you all...

    Where the thoroughbreds immortal
    Graze in pastures evergreen,
    And the steeds of song and story
    Feel the touch of hands unseen,
    There’s a whinny in the distance
    And a pawing at the gate
    As the big stout-hearted Phar Lap
    Joins the Legion of the Great.

    Where the great Domino is ranging
    Over acres rich and fine,
    And the coats of Sweep and Colin
    In the brilliant sunlight shine
    There’s a snorting in the shadows
    And a pricking up of ears,
    As another racing stalwart
    On the borderline appears.

    In the thoroughbred Valhalla,
    Where the bravest-hearted go,
    And there aren’t any seasons
    When the bluegrass doesn’t grow-
    Where’s there no fierce grind of training,
    And no further stakes to win,
    There’s a stirring in the paddock
    As another canters in.

    In the Paradise of Horseflesh,
    Where the gamest of the game
    Frolic through an endless summer,
    Done with glory and with fame,
    Where no barriers spring upward,
    And no turmoil fills the air,
    Sysonby, Regret and Fair Play
    Turn and greet the “Red Flash” there.

    Up beyond the eyes of mortals
    Where there’s ne’er a muddy track,
    Where there are no gruelling stretch- runs
    And no added weight to pack-
    Where the kings of far-flung ovals
    Play and Scamper as they will,
    There’s a neighing as the giant
    Phar Lap gallops o’er the hill.

    Where there are no “culls” or “cast-offs”
    And no quitting “also rans”-
    Wher all horses have a record
    Treasured by the racing fans,
    There’s a pawing and a neighing
    Where the lion-hearted roam,
    And a whinnying of welcome
    Phar Lap-“Big Red”- has come home!!


    Katherine
    www.freewebs.com/werdun

    "A ship in the harbour is safe...but that is not what ships are built for."



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    Default RE: The Phar Lap poem...

    And the poet who wrote it is?

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    Default RE: The Phar Lap poem...

    That is a lovely poem.
    Thanks for sharing it with us


    TM

    Poverty is owning a horse... I like being bankrupt which is why I own two....


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    Default RE: The Phar Lap poem...

    Yaears, I've never seen it credited to anyone. It appeared in the New York Sun, but that's all I know about its origins.

    Katherine
    www.freewebs.com/werdun

    "A ship in the harbour is safe...but that is not what ships are built for."



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    Default RE: The Phar Lap poem...

    Werdun the first stanza is very very familar- out of the dim recesses of my mind-must have been in a horse book sometime ..and that would be a longtime ago.

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