Due to the resurgence of interest in “The Derby Day Poem”
I have re-entered it higher in the pecking order
on my website to help new viewers find it.
Derby Day – Michael Church
Today is Derby Day!
The Thoroughbred in bloom,
The hopes and dreams of many men
Are shown this afternoon.
The plans, the trials, the joy, the tears
Have happened all before;
The race has run two hundred years
And shall for many more.
If you are in the Queen’s Stand,
Or out there on the Downs,
Or riding in the funfair,
The magic comes around.
The scene could run forever,
As only the players change,
You make a bet, they shout “They’re off”,
You turn another page.