the truth of
the bleeding horse is this

there is no bleeding horse

there is your sister with her
boyfriend’s hands tight around her throat

there are the children

^

what she tells you is
i love him

this and that he has
disappeared again

that a woman calls at least
three times a day asking for him

what she tells you is familiar
and it tastes of pain

^

and this is not the age of saints

the addicts won’t be saved
or even remembered
and she tells you i love him

tells you she has seen the bleeding horse
in the first light of day
stumbling blind towards the interstate

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