One halving dolorous mule

Half him drags from the plains
where he fell out
& choked on what made him
& half her on eggshells
or tart razors in the shape of stone
all skelter in the unwatched mountains
cannot well walk for the blood underneath.
Then on short breath
he & she fall from the ledge
while a coyote shrugs
the dinge from its fur onto them
broke now on cutting stones
in the middle of his womb
& her jagged jutting hoof.
For how else can it be
that each the other makes
& thence to sleep its offspring?

Revision: insert “as” into the penultimate line, “each as the other.”


~ by Jeremy on June 16, 2010.

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