Henry Green was a widely known English writer who died in 1974. This is from a forthcoming book of his uncollected writings, to be published by Penguin.
Mar 01 1992
The Old Lady
I had been reading The Arabian Nights at the fire station. At the turn of a peg in his side, no, with no more than a cut with a golden chain over the neck this marvellous black horse would rise to take his rider into the skies. His manger was filled with well-winnowed sesame and barley, his trough held fresh water perfumed with roses. As I read these words, I heard two heavy explosions close by.