Adrienne Rich

Centaur’s Requiem

Your hooves drawn together underbelly
shoulders in mud     your mane
of wisp and soil deporting all the horse of you

your longhaired neck
eyes   jaw yes   and ears
unforgivably human on such a creature
unforgivably what you are
deposited in the grit-kicked field of a champion

tender neck and nostrils   teacher   water-lily suction-spot
what you were   marvelous   we could not stand
Night drops      an awaited storm
driving in to wreck your path
Foam on your hide like flowers
where you fell    or fall   desire

spoken = Karen Marek