In the UK the ‘races’, horse racing, is a pastime much enjoyed by the wealthy. With Ascot and The Grand National as highly glamorous sporting events in any socialites calendar, horse racing is something largely enjoyed by those with more money than is necessary to survive comfortably. Meanwhile in Canada, I recently visited Woodbine Racetrack and experienced a whole different lifestyle. Although it was fun, the venue was frequented by the objectively poor, the destitute and those who had little to their name and dreams that they can gamble their way to wealth. My experience inspired this haiku.
Ascot, charming, class
Whilst in Woodbine on same grass
Peasants lose pennies
(Photo – Eli Woodbine, Toronto, Canada, 2016)