Autumn

Scatter, scatter over ground

pitter, patter melodious sound

dance with wind and catch the rain

stick softly to the windowpane

twinkle downwards in the fall

crinkle to the Blue-jay’s call

remind us of the summers past

sun-soaked days are fleeting — fast

rainbow carpet on the ground

apples, pumpkins, spice abound!

Branches quiver bare on trees

all memories should last like these

leaves are falling on the fall

sorrow now is fleeting, small

dry leaves twirling in the sky

it’s a now-or-never chance to fly

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Starlight Song

It was upon a starlit night

a bird set out to see the sights

to travel the world — near and far

more specifically, to map the stars

in the beginning of firefly June,

it was the time to admire the moon

late in the summer month of July

said the swallow,’Let us travel the sky’

so, off he flew, higher and higher

in his mind, just one desire

to touch a star, to hear it sing

feel the melody, take to the wing

High above the atmosphere

melodies drifted clear

the bird felt his wing brush a star

and heard the sweet song twinkle far

he opened his beak and sang along

drifting through the starlit song

a world of melody and grace

to earthbound beings, out of place

tinkling music off twinkling stars

against soft velvet space, stretching ever so far

Winners of the Triple Crown- In all, There Were Eleven

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1919 Sir Barton

The very first triple crown winner

Gallant Fox 1930

Successful in a winning endeavor

1935 was Omaha

Sired by the winning Gallant Fox

1937 War Admiral

Just like “Big Red” in the starting box

Whirlaway in 1941

Won a grand 32 first places!

Count Fleet 1943

He won 16 out of 21 races

Assault 1946

His wins were short but soon became taller

Citation 1948

Ran  well to the millionth dollar

Secretariat 1973

Known as the second “Big Red”

Seattle Slew 1977

In the triple crown he was quite far ahead

Affirmed 1978

Alydar could have won, too;

Alydar, he won three reds

barely bested by the great Affirmed’s blues.

Classification of the Horse

The Kingdom is Animalia

to all animals, it’s a home

The Phylum is Chordata

all things with a backbone

the class is Mammalia

all animals warm-blooded

Order is Perissodactyla

where odd numbers of toes are needed

The equine’s Family is Equidae

All horses past, present and future

The horse’s Genus is Equus

(Donkeys and Zebras included)

The Species is Equus Caballus

-All other equines excluded.

Clever Ponies

Over the gate

Across the floor

Around a tack trunk

Out the door

Undoing the latch

-it’s really thick

Scraping with a hoof

That did the trick

Kicking open the door-

Without getting smashed

There- in the middle

A pan of hot mash

Jump up on the floor

Little hooves flying

They got into the feed room

Without hardly trying!

Manes frosted with hay

Noses deep in the grain

These clever ponies

Will try this again!

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