Tale of a Vandal Scribbler: More to Come But Not Today

May has come and gone without a post, ay? When Life Stuff takes precedence, the blog goes to the bottom of the list. Sadly, the blog will remain at the bottom a wee bit longer. My apologies, dear friends.

Even so, here’s a few things to pass along to you:

    • The Kentucky Derby has come and gone, and while a really nice horse won the Derby, there was no horse of a “Triple Crown” caliber in the running. That’s more normal than not.

Read more about Patch. Here’s hoping he runs in the Belmont Stakes on June 10th. You can watch the race on NBC.

Meanwhile in mid-May, a bipartisan bill (imagine that!) was put forward: The Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2017.

H.R.2651 – To improve the integrity and safety of horseracing by requiring a uniform anti-doping and medication control program to be developed and enforced by an independent Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority.

In brief, the bill bans the use of medications 24 hours before a race, and provides for uniform standards and testing of medications given to horses. To read more about the bill, read this article at the Paulick Report. To read the full bill, check the Congressional website.

Some of you are thinking, “yeah, yeah, that’ll never happen,” because there’s so much turmoil in our political system especially now. Even so, it’s important to speak out for those who can’t. In this case: horses.

Mahatma Gandhi once said,

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

One must hope…

  • Unrelated to horses and racing, here are three wonderful, unrelated links about poetry:

Remembering The Great Poet Gwendolyn Brooks at 100, WSHU. Brooks was also the first Black person to win a Pulitzer Prize (1950).

Poetry Kept My Patient Alive, NY Times, May 23, 2015

Poems By Writers From Each of the Muslim Ban Countries, Huffington Post, Jan 27, 2017

Bringing horses and poetry back together, here’s a poem by belle hooks from her book, Appalachian Elegy:

morning dawn
mist-covered day
dreaming triumph and victory
horses gather
a herd at the top of the hill
whispering souls
ready to run
speaking a language only they can hear
sounds beyond
no heavy rider’s move
in this magic time
no need to tame and mount
all at once
they race
to reach the beyond

Excerpt From: “Appalachian Elegy,”  © belle hooks, The University Press of Kentucky, 2016, ISBN 978-081313669.

See you anon. Stay kind and curious.