Ode to Black

Wax mustaches, Black Jack gum,
glossy coffee beans, ravens,
poppy seeds and pepper.

Horse’s hooves sinking in sand,
paddock boots, half chaps,
soft supple saddle flaps.

Warmth from a wood stove,
your Stetson hat,
my soft sweater, slinky slacks.

Sharp evening shadows, slurry
on an asphalt road,
tractor tires, iron gates.

The day you lose that special horse.

Mascara mixed with tears.
Vultures.

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