Poetry | March 01, 2005
Poetry Feature: David Hernandez
Featuring the poems:
- The Soldier Inside the Horse [Featured as Poem of the Week, March 17, 2009]
- Donut Shop
- Leaving the Nurse
The Soldier Inside the Horse
A horse disemboweled on a battlefield
for the soldier to crawl inside.
A battlefield once green, once shagged
with bluegrass, now gouged and smoldering.
The soldier once a boy and now
a man inside a horse hollowed out.
The horse then the soldier’s costume,
the mouth an opening for his rifle
and not a mouth chewing the bluegrass.
Once the eye sockets cradled eyes
and now peepholes for the soldier
to survey the battlefield, smoldering
and gouged. Once green, once a boy
with strawberry jelly on his lips.
Once a ghost for Halloween with eyeholes
scissored into a bedsheet. An enemy
crosses the battlefield so gunfire
from the mouth of the horse,
so death. The man inside a solider,
the soldier once a boy who wanted
a pony. The horse once a horse,
galloping where the world was green.
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