N is for . . . . Newsreel

Posted for a variety of prompts:

ABC Wednesday (N is for …)

Camera Critters (photo/s)

Easy Street Prompts (“overabundance/fast”)

Heads or Tails (“wire”)

In Other Words (George MacDonald quote – below)

…In Other Words… (Ralph W. Sockman quote – below)

Matinee Muse (“strange bedfellows”)

Meme Express (“sarcastic”)

Photo Hunt (#132 – “family”)

Totally Optional Prompts (“justice/injustice”)

Weekend Wordsmith (“erase”)

Writer’s Island (“controversial”)

N is for . . . . Newsreel


First Openly Gay Racehorse To Compete Sunday


Gee, what’s next?

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority.

The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.

Ralph W. Sockman

“Friends, if we be honest with ourselves,
we shall be honest with each other.”

George MacDonald

Staying On-Track

(On Playing the Racehorse Card)

He wins by a nose and a half without fail,

With overabundance of hooves at his tail.

This gelding is fast,

His flight unsurpassed,

And never his family may groan, weep and wail.

No bedfellows strange at the gathering here.

And no one may question the friendships most dear.

For horses pursue

With instinct that’s true,

And issues of ethics are played out by ear.

A gun splits the air and the vibrant silks fly.

Binoculars cover each rapt watching eye.

Sure, mud may be slung,

But never by tongue,

From flurry of fliers with naught on the sly.

No choice controversial will trouble the herd.

For who could erase a discouraging word?

Injustice perceived

Is often believed.

And justice enforced at the wire is absurd.

True thoroughbreds gallop full force to the win,

Their focus ahead, with no thoughts where they’ve been.

Intolerance fades

With other charades,

As every contestant looks only within.

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  1. Yeah, love the video! and all that controversey.

    Nicely written poem.

  2. Love the video.
    Happy ABC Wed...

  3. I really believed this for a second. Very interesting.

  4. Unique and very interesing.
    The poem is lovely.

    Bear((( )))

  5. Great post. I'm looking on my bookshelves for a Dick Francis novel now.

  6. HAHAHA!!! You almost had me going there, until the guy said he was worried the other horses wouldn't want to ride in the trailer with him, then I saw it was from The Onion!

    Trust The Onion to come up with this one. LOL!

  7. How could they stay so serious doing this? I'm rolling with laughter! :D

  8. Oh my! How funny is that!! Thank you for the good laugh. I can't stop laughing.

  9. I'm here on behalf of the new ABC Wednesday team.
    I have to say that this is a very funny post! I really don't know how everyone kept straight faces!
    I love the poem.