shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Don Thompson



Horses do life on hay and water.
Hard time.

You can see in their eyes the distances
contemplated with their heads lifted,
looking over fence rails all afternoon.

Horses know how to stand so still
it makes us uneasy.

Nostrils distended—sensitive enough
to pick up the faint scent
of could-have-been.