Saturday, April 03, 2010

National Poetry Month

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From The Crooked Inheritance, Marge Piercy’s seventeenth collection of poetry, a fresh turn on girls and horses.

Seven Horses
When I was a pencil of a girl
I had seven horses, one
for each day of the week.
Thunder, Lightning, Sun
and Moon, East Wind
North Wind and Red Roses.
Only I could see them,
roan and black, grey,
palomino, dapple, white
and the strange one
the flying red horse
from the Mobil sign.
I rode them to school,
home, to the store.
I rode them down the slopes
of rocky night.  In adolescence
I never mooned over horses.
Later, they were something cops
charged at us in demonstrations.
I’d sooner ride a cow.
No, it was not horseflesh
but power I craved
and speed.  I longed to gallop
out of our tight mortgaged house
furnished with shouts and razors, 
out of the smoke of frustrations
burning like old tires.
I wanted to stick out my neck
and gallop at full tilt off
any map I had ever seen.

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