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Damon Hubbs: Stick Horses

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Art by Cynthia Fawcett © 2024

Stick Horses

 

by Damon Hubbs

 

across the board

the girls at Stoneleigh-Burnham

love the Rail Guy, he talks bullrings and bridge jumps

with the best of them

 

a dark horse

with green eyes like wandering guitar players;

nose, neck, and head at a starting price

to bankrupt empires

 

says his mother was the queen of Ladies’ Day at Ascot

says her face launched a thousand strikes on the train line from Waterloo;

says his father was a gunman in the kidnapping of Shergar in ’83,

the record setting wonder horse a ransom to raise cash for the IRA

 

the girls are too young to know how that turned out,

too young to know his father was just a forklift operator at Logan

with a weekend gig cleaning the backstretch at Rockingham Park

 

but the Rail Guy knows how

to drive a flat race, how to jockey favor and monkey crouch

strum love songs with his green eyes

to chalk the odds

 

he buys them accessories, brushes and styles manes

plays dressage with his hobbyhorses

mixing bloodlines

on the dormitory’s basement couch

 

 

Damon Hubbs: film & art lover / pie bird collector / author of the chapbook The Day Sharks Walk on Land (Alien Buddha Press). His second chapbook, Charm of Difference, is forthcoming in 2024 (Back Room Poetry). Recent poems have been featured in South Broadway PressLothlorien Poetry JournalFixator PressOtoliths, Apocalypse Confidential, and Book of Matches. He lives in New England. @damon_hubbs

Cynthia Fawcett has been writing for fun or money since she was able to hold a pen. A Jersey Girl at heart, she got her journalism degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee and now writes mostly technical articles about hydraulics and an occasional short story or poem on any other subject.

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