Ladies Day at Ascot


The heavens pour

swimming pools into their shoes

A year of planning gets blown away

as barely held the umbrellas sway


The millinery Oscars are in full flow

outrageous feathers tickling the nose

Maxi-dresses hitched to the knees

avoiding the rising damp

As the fashionistas run for cover

of the Grand stand


Goose-bumped peacocks strike a pose

Jealously guarding their beaus

Sniffing contempt at yesterday’s clothes

The debutants of the show


A Royal wave; a horse parade

‘Green Destiny’ favourite 9 to 1

Exchange of money for ‘Fame and Glory’

Morning Suits revert to Dom Perignon


An announcement goes

The crowds lean forwards

Opera glasses to the eyes

Cheers rise to the skies

as hooves rush past the post


Stilettos in muddy earth

try gliding elegantly without sliding

to cash in on winning ‘Fame and Glory’.


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