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Epistle to a Dray Horse

Dear canting hat rack of an animal,
dear fuchsia sore beneath a twisted

girth strap, dear froth on martingale,
flayed whip marks on dun buttocks,

dear clopping in the head, green
spittle on the snaffle bit, dear aching

spine and barking fetlock, the men 
with boutonnieres pinned to their coats 

have us yoked to time, pocket 
watches ticking at their breasts 

like flies against the coach.

Cal Freeman

(issue 27)