Peter Burzynski 

 

     

 

     

      Traveled Around

 

                                                                       

 

Tell a Clydesdale that he’s

a mule.  Ride him, lie to him.

 

He’s not a steed. Pay him

with grain and cubes of salt.

 

He will not shit on your

floor. He will work like a steed,

 

but screw like an Olympian

in the hundred-yard-dash—

 

singles competition. He will

let you rip the saddles right

 

off of his back. He will cook

for you. He will cook you—

 

imagine! He will feed celebrities,

Give him your laurels! Glib,

 

but he will take them. He will

run for you.  He will eat right

 

out of the palm of macerated

hands.  He will work for food. 

 

He is so damn happy to have

a job.  He is so damn hungry

 

for attention and love and

friendship and other tired

 

abstractions.  Give him clichés

to unbend. Give him livery

 

or give him a desk.  Give him

whatever you’ve got left. He is a/an:

 

American Cream Draft, Quarter,

Banker, Bashkir Curly, Black Forest,

 

Blazer, Brandenburger, Byelorussian

Harness, Canadian Pacer, Carolina

 

Marsh Tacky, Castillian, Choctaw,

Cleveland Bay, Clydesdale, Colorado

 

Ranger, Cold-blood Trotter, Cuban

Danube Delta, Dutch Heavy Draft,

 

Estonian, Falabella, Florida Cracker,

Friesian Cross, Furioso North Star,

 

Galician, Gelderland, Georgian Grande,

Gypsy Vanner, Hackney, Heck, Hirzai,

 

Holsteiner, Indian Half-Bred, Irish

Draught, Jaca Navarra, Kabarda,

 

Kentucky Mountain Saddle, Kinsky,

Knabstrupper, Konik, Kustanair,

 

Lustiano, Miniature, Misaki, Missouri

Fox Trotter, Mongolian, Murgese,

 

Mustang, Namib Desert, National Show,

Nokota, Oberlander, Orlov, Ostfriesen,

 

Palamino, Pampa, Pentro, Peruvian Paso,

Qatgani, Quarab, Racking, Rhenish-German

 

Cold-Blood, Rocky Mountain, Romanian Sport,

Russian Don, San Fratello, Shire, Silesian,

 

Standard-bred, Suffolk, Svensk

Kallblodstravare, Taishuh, Tennessee

 

Walking, Tersk, Thoroughbred, Tiger,

Tori, Trait du Nord, Ukrainian Riding,

 

Virginia Highlander, Vlaamperd, Vyatka,

Waler, Walkaloosa, Warlander, Welsh Cob,

 

Wielkopolski, Württemburger, Xilingol,

Yakutian, Yili, Zweibrücker horse. Instead

 

of being a steed ahead of the pack he’s sauntering

over the finish line with one last gamble left.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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