Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Feeling connected


Mid-afternoon the first Tuesday in November
Australians morph into blood line experts, slow track experts
pontificate about odds, and training methods,
recall the days of Think Big, of Gunsynd, the Goondiwindi Grey
take a punt in a sweep or splurge big on the tote
connecting to the race that stops the nation.

14 comments:

brattcat said...

a poem of words i don't know and yet with the image and the few words i do know, i understand. beautifully rendered, julie.

altadenahiker said...

And dosage index, and speed vs closers, and who is really the class in the race ...

Terrific piece, photo, Julie.

Sean said...

Good post although I must admit I find the photo a little disturbing. I wouldnt have known what was going on without the post, and possibly be even more "disturbed"....

Julie said...

Thank you BC & AH. It means a lot coming from you. I admire very much your quite different styles.

Sean: you are a puzzlement. You took away even your titles so that you did not influence the reader! Whereas I WANT to influence the reader. I enjoy the task of getting meaning out of your posts.

Yesterday, I spent the two hours around the Melbourne Cup at a nursing home in the company of about ten old people, many with dementia.

David Jones said...

Lol.. cute picture, i am also planning to visit sydney in december. i need an advice is december the right month to visit sydney because i have heard that winter and summer season are very different in australia than rest of the world.

Antjas said...

Wonderful photo. Reminds me of my dad.

Ann said...

Absolutely beautiful and very touching. Works particularly in b&w.

altadenahiker said...

Did you have money on Shocking?

Julie said...

Very good research, AH. I will respond over at your place.

Julian Davis said...

Unique pictures Julie ! Really a heart touching one.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Julie this is a fabulous shot, it captures so much of the excitement and nostalgia of the day (Think Big, Gunynd ...). Perhaps you have to be an Aussie for it to fully resonate.

diane said...

Thanks for your kind comments.
Love the portrait and your magic words. Would like to have seen a line about the fashion madness too.

Ann said...

I think almost all schools and offices ran a Melbourne cup sweep stake. I have never won.
'Have you ever won?


came Via J Bar.

Paula said...

I love the words, the names of things in Australia. We have The Triple Crown, three races, and I like to watch them but don't have the vocabulary. Wonderful, wonderful photo and post Miss Julie.