SANDRA ALCOSSER Five Poems the horse and the holy man Spirit is not in the I, but between I and thou. It is not like the blood that circulates in you, but like the air in which you breathe. Martin Buber e s Th table shadows indigo as the boy stro kes e n Th eck of his beloved that coa ts His hand with a must of sweat and le ather e d Th appled gray leans into the pressur e While the boy in the red riding habit p ours Peppery oats into a mang er en l Th arge teeth with small scratches from g razing Begin to chew inside its sensitive lips What better expresses beauty of the inn er a Th n infant tenderness toward another — I have watched two alone in a pa sture Whicker, exchanging weath ers No longer beasts, no longer orphan bein gs— e Th y breathe into the nostrils of each other winged hussars Once we wore swan feather s— Eagle Vulture Ostrich Goose. O the beauty of our fear— Winged Hussars charged towar d us Toward us and through. We wore cymbals and feath ers To make
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: May 10, 2019
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