The Fourth River

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Tributaries: “Stable”

By on March 22, 2017

By Karen McDermott

 

Standing
on moldy straw
among palominos
cream and white;
the rain detains me here.

Dripping thatch
like the tapping of
a schoolmaster’s fingers
correcting my impatience
returning my attention
to the lesson of the day:
the utility of repose,
the still, equine dignity
of acceptance.

 

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Karen McDermott is a professor of college English whose work has appeared in several journals.