Jay Gatsby in the Ninth Race
by James Penha

There may be something in this
horsey metaphor from life not far
from Great Neck Saturday
at Belmont Park: a long shot
Jay Gatsby drawing the first post
position in the penultimate race
was defeated by Smooth Daddy
but paid off handsomely in place
to hold Sly Tom merely to show.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A proud contributor to The Great Gatsby Anthology, James Penha was at Belmont Park Race Track on September 19, 2015 and found a poem when he saw Jay Gatsby in the ninth race.