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Silenced, a Tribute to Eight Belles (5/7/5 Format)
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Image (c) 2007, Karla Dorman

The chime of Eight Belles
ringing silenced by the hush
of broken ankles -

Equine poetry
in motion stilled forever
by pocketed greed -

Horse races cannot
be won if the cost is too
great - was it worth it?

(c) 2008, Karla Dorman (5/4)


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Reviewed by Jon Willey 5/8/2008
A deeply philosophical question Karla. A moving tribute to a beautiful animal. Stay safe. May peace be always with you. Jon Michael Willey
Reviewed by Rebecca Lerwill 5/8/2008
Very moving tibute to a wonderful horse. Unfortunately the racing industry is not fully understood by many. I worked in it for 3 years, and yes - the sport is tough, but those horses do what they love to do and there will always be broken bones, just like in human sports. The difference is that a human bone can be mend, an equine bone can not.

Thank you for your kind words, Karla. I know how much this tears you up.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 5/5/2008
A moving tribute and the question you asked remains unanswered!.. I also watched the race and had picked her to win . It was a tragic thing to see......M
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 5/5/2008
Very sad, Makes you wonder how bored humans can get!
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/5/2008
After seeing what man does to man, nothing surprises me what man is capable to do to "lesser" creatures for an extra buck.

Reviewed by Cryssa C 5/5/2008
Truly sad... but what seems sadder to me is that the jockey is under investigation... is it really his fault?
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 5/5/2008
This is so sad...excellent Karla
peace and love, Carole~
Reviewed by William Bonilla 5/5/2008
I guess the Jockey tried to hard at a great cost
Not caring about the consequences,
or was he just following "Orders"
Outstanding write Karla

Love & peace
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 5/5/2008
Very well spoken Karla, thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs are on the way , Rose
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/5/2008
Such a damned shame. Greed truly rules the world.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 5/5/2008
Very well done tribute Karla. God bless.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 5/4/2008
Beautifully penned sadness.
Reviewed by John Leko 5/4/2008
...sad beauty in these she was...Belle.
so well done Karla...
Reviewed by Tiana ~ 5/4/2008
Although I've never heard of Eight Belles, I am touched and sadden by all the comments and your heartfelt tribute ... She made an impact on many lives ... Wonderfully penned sweetie ... :(
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 5/4/2008
Thanks for writing this poem, Karla. You said it well. Gene.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 5/4/2008
a beautiful poem-well expressed for such a beautiful filly with so much heart
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 5/4/2008
Such a beautiful poem from such sadness. My heart goes out to all that put so much love and effort to make her such a great horse.
Nicely written,
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 5/4/2008
I couldn't believe it when I heard the news and the tears welled again when I read the paper, today. She fought so hard, against odds so great --- the filly against the others. I was so happy that she finished second and then, so mortified when I learned what had happened. Every time the Derby rolls around now, I think of Barbaro and his struggles; now, her memory will haunt the race, too.

I've been around horse racing for my entire life --- seriously, I learned to walk at a horse track. It is a tragic fact of life when horses of that size and that much weight place so much force on the smallest part of their bodies --- the legs. You'd think that their legs would be built stronger for such weight, but they're not. That fragility makes them special, but it makes a time like this even sadder.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/4/2008
She was my choice! Suffice it to say I was stunned. My number is eight and my mothers maiden name is Belle. I too shed tears. Still no explanation for how it happened, seems strange to me. Excellent write Karla!

Reviewed by Bonnie May 5/4/2008
I'm still crying about it Karla. It was so sad. Beautiful poem but I'm a little out of sorts. Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 5/4/2008
No matter sad, I love this poem, Karla! I watched the race yesterday, and too was shocked and saddened by the tragedy. She ran her heart out, and was stopped only by her weakest part, front ankles...just after she won second place in the Run for the Roses.
Blessings and Love ~~ Micke
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/4/2008
Heartbreaking write, Karla; may Eight Belles never be forgotten! I don't much care for horse racing either, especially when the animals get hurt. And for what cost, may I ask??

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 5/4/2008
I cried for this poor filly. Is there no other way but euthenasia?

Blessings and love,

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