This selection, chosen by Managing Editor Krista Cox, is from Ghost Moose by Margo Taft Stever, released by Kattywompus Press in 2019.
End of Horses
I write to you from the end
of the time zone. You must realize
that nothing survived after
the horses were slaughtered.
We sleep below the hollow
We look beyond dust bowls
searching for horses.
When you walk in the country,
you will be shocked to meet
substantial masses on the road.
We do not know who to accuse
or where the horses were driven,
who slaughtered them, or for what
purpose. Had the horses slept
under the linden trees? The generals
and engineers pucker
and snore on the veranda.
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