Dead Horse Beat

Image: Eugène Atget. (French, 1857-1927). Magasin, avenue des Gobelins. 1925. Gelatin silver printing-out-paper print, 8 1/4 x 6 1/2″ (21 x 16.7 cm). Abbott-Levy Collection. Partial gift of Shirley C. Burden
When the lights go down
we can sing to the beat of a dead horse
Talk of trees
with roots deeper than our pulse
Paint blue fingerprints
across white paper
Return to inhale
the carbon emissions of lost time
Take apart stereos
to exorcise the noise made
when your mother died
-Christopher Piercy

One response to “Dead Horse Beat

  1. ahhhh, such lyricism….

    it soothes
    and yet it provokes

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