What Are Horses


No one remembers what horses are Gertrude said.

And worse said Laura. She loved to goad Gertrude. And worse than no word for horse, there is no
word that has any horseliness.

When I lived by the shore, our question was what seahorses are.

S-shaped, people said, but that was not their essence.
Which is a drunkard's.
He bows his head yes
but he kicks his hindquarters up, always up. He only pretends to acquiesce.
In the water the word for this is bobbing.

Let's see.
The seahorse snout equals a flute, the flautist is the seahorse itself?
No nothing under or above the sea can convey seahorsely.

Gertrude was immensely moved when her sister-in-law read her book and took it for what it

The way I was when, in the Midwest, a farmer came along who allowed my seahorses to live
in his barn and who sent away to the shore, for plankton.

Seahorses are not a plankton-consuming species. But.

Does it come packed in bales, the farmer wrote to the purveyor of plankton. Seahorses are sweet-
shaped like that question.


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