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November’s Horses

 

for TM

 

This is the month trees crack

midnight bangs on your roof

with an icy hoof

 

Winter is just arrived

and already you’re running out the lies

that con you into believing this is your life.

Only November and all you have left

 

is air so cold and thick, stacking in deep valleys

you will carve stairs

into emptiness

and climb out over the mountains

 

when you know you must leave.

You know you must leave.

 

Abandon your neighbor. He has his own faith

that calls you stranger before his hearth.

Come dusk, he feeds his horses,

smashes ice out of their water trough,

sings a worksong to his fenced pasture–sound ricochets

like a gunshot and the blue distance shatters.

 

The horses flicker their ears. They heard

what you heard, make no mistake.

They bend their apostatical faces down,

knock on the ground, muzzle and trample

the splintering bale to nothing. They are already

leaving

 

ascending

white steam from their cloud red bodies

 

 

–Arlitia Jones

Nov. 30, 2013

 

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