Photography © Glenn Bowie

 

Livy’s Horses

“I had one true love,
And I lost him.
He left me for Jana.
She did me a favor;
He and I couldn’t live together;
We would have destroyed each other.

“When he was dying of cancer,
I was the one she called.
She and I took care of him.

“Twelve years ago
I came to Santa Fe
With two horses,
And I’ll be leaving like that, too.
Before I found a house,
I found a stable;
I’ll do it again in Fort Collins.

“I love the alpacas,
But I’m giving them up.
This past winter was hard—
Twenty-eight inches of snow
And no roads plowed.
I’m sixty years old;
I can’t do this much longer.
Besides, I never liked it here—
Too liberal for me.”

Slender, still beautiful,
Livy roams the fields
With her dog Jill,
A white Great Pyrenees.
After Blossom died
From the difficult birth,
The cria stillborn, too,
Livy took Jill with her
Into the wilderness
And cried. And cried.

“It will break my heart
To leave Jill¬,
But she can’t live
Without her herd.”

The things of Livy’s life
Are blowing away
Like blossoms in springtime.
Soon they will be gone
Like desert snows.
Except for the horses.
She’ll keep the horses.

 

Anne Whitehouse is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently Outside from the Inside (Dos Madres Press, 2020). She has also written a novel, Fall Love. Recent honors include 2018 Prize Americana for Prose, 2017 Adelaide Literary Award in Fiction, 2016 Songs of Eretz Poetry Prize, 2016 Common Good Books’ Poems of Gratitude Contest, 2016 RhymeOn! Poetry Prize, 2016 F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Poetry Prize. She lives in New York City.

Glenn Bowie is a published poet, lyricist and photographer from the Boston area. He also owns and operates an elevator company that supplies custom-built elevators for clients from New England to Hollywood. Author of two poetry and photograph collections (Under the Weight of Whispers and Into the Thorns and Honey) on Big Table Publishing, he donates all profits from his books to various charities for the homeless and local animal shelters.