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Scarlet Matter
Allison Baker

The chestnut mane of a dignified steed falls fluidly
Its two doe eyes wander along the morning horizon's invading sun
Tan freckles slide upon its muzzle's gentle slope
Two pink parasol lips open wide at the crack of a starting gun—
The stride of its slender trunk sways in the rural wind
Its hoofs fall gracefully along the long and rickety racetrack
Silent cheers from cranberry cheeks whistle in a passing wind
Drops of silver satin sweat glisten on its umber back
Its pace grows faster at the sight of the finish
Strands of light on a barn's floor scatter
The gun sounds piercingly as the steed falls backward
And lies mangled, immersed in scarlet matter.