a literary review
on the massacre of Comanche horses after the Battle of Palo Duro Canyon
Stacked. Bones white, cracked.
Cleaned by sunlight. Left gleaming.
Intricate network of veined roots above ground.
Time’s already rotted away bullet holes, left
nothing but dead grass underneath the pile.
The place maintains place, thingness, even now,
two hundred years after two thousand carcasses.
There’s no need for bones with wind like this.
Nothing but repeated day, day, repeated like
images pressed to prison sheets, newspaper
murals stuck with hair gel, spoon, toothpaste, but,
what are the walls
here, in this place, in the open, where the bones don’t even
tamp the grass
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Jeremy Michael Reed is a PhD student in English-Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee. His poems are published or forthcoming in Red Paint Hill, Still: the Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and elsewhere. More of his work can be found online here.