Today's poem is by Dennis Hinrichsen
Horse Standing in Sunlight
Witless to think such grazing could wound the sun and
yet the sun seems
in a relief of cloudsfence line plunging
of fields, top wires
edged precisely with sunlight. She makes a knot
face and what lasts is the orbital
twist of lilac, rain's drizzle
roof, her scent frail as a watermark. Men
sometimes fail miserably at lovein the branched
shadow, legs braid, un-
braid; curtains drift; a column
folds back on itself like a piece of string
so that no movement forward can undo
ful gazesee how the horse stands, claustral,
not one hoof touching the ground
the pasture it hovers in.
Utterly transfixed. The very sign of amplitude,
grace, its dun coat
quivering. The sun's eye
in the horse's eye
like ore or nervous water.
Sudden impluse: desires to fleea blue jay's
prints its flank with a sharp rip,
black glide, then shreds itself
in grass top. Downrange, downwind,
out of the field of vision, a spring foal on its side
all lung and
breathin a nest of grass. They've gone
back to watch the ballgame finish,
women cobalt, orchid, teal, mustard yellow,
pitch and catch. Hard hits to where
the horses stood,
cattle on folded limbs
in a trampled corner. On a rise across the road,
horse standing in sunlight.
Fence at its back.
Wind stippling an acre of tree line to whale
skin, a shudder
pick up and spread to the river,
willows. She makes a knot
of her thought and strides tidally
into the unwashed
dark, the freshly
mottled bleed-through. Dress, richly colored,
textured. To touch the silence.
Wreckage of grass. That the horse might continue grazing.
of teal, orchid, cobalt, burnt
yellows, rain's fine drizzle at daybreak, orbital
twist, a man's face
gone pale as a watermark.
Sudden impulse: but does not flee.
raised to wire: to un-wound the sun.
That the horse might still and the quiet
the colt awaken and take the apple from her hand.
Copyright © 2004 Dennis Hinrichsen All rights reserved
from Cage of Water
The University of Akron Press
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