Marianne Moore

“I Like a Horse but I Have a Fellow Feeling for a Mule”

I like the mule: his sides are thin.
He takes his ease in no man’s inn.
When contrarieties are thick
About his mind’s eye, he will kick;
Men bewail their false position;
Closing with the mule’s tradition.
He skirts the treeless precipice.
The former groan at that and this:
Though steeped in incredulity,
He treads on “nothing” safely; he
Erects his body as a hedge
Between their bodies and the edge.