Respite

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My birth certificate says:

She wished to be born a horse.

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My mother was afraid to let me ride.

My father told me horses were stupid animals.

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Outside Pickwick Stables where I wandered

the world thrilled to color TV

Rock and roll shook our hips

Elizabeth was crowned queen.

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What do you want for Christmas?

A horse.

I never got one.

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But today, while McConnell obstructs

While California smolders

While Haiti starves

I steal a quarter hour to wander Blue Chip Farm

where chestnut and chocolate standard-breds graze.

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The yearlings feel frisky

They play chase across pastures green as Ireland

Tail flags flying

Running for the fun of it

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They catch my breath

as does the jumper

whose muscled flanks propel him over the gate

“Put him to it again,” the trainer calls.

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Before I return to vengeful Republicans

Anti-vaxers

Pregnant woman in Texas planning desperation

I will take this jewel of horse time

and thread it on my necklace

of precious days.

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