Drunk Asshole On a Horse by Sean L. Corbin

Brown children are ripped from their brown
parents     a pale man in black robes rides
an empty keg to the top of a mountain
of violated women     shots ring out
in produce aisles and temples

sometimes you’d rather be a coyote
chewing tobacco     a cockroach in a bag
of cornmeal     a fly vomiting on a wedding cake
a copperhead in a punch bowl     lice in a child’s
ponytail    than a man under this acidic sky

and you see that straw-haired rabid dog on CNN
stomping across an eagle’s nest like a drunk asshole
on a horse     claiming a crown of roses as the rest
of the world chases him with handcuffs     their feet incased
in concrete     a bugle blaring toward an infield on fire

there is an animal inside your chest     a beaten
and bloodied dog     flinching with every breath

Sean L. Corbin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky as well as degrees in English and Creative Writing from Morehead State University. He is the author of The Leper Dreams of Snow (Finishing Line Press, 2018), and is a recent Best of the Net nominee and finalist in the 2018 Still: The Journal Literary Contest. His poetry and book reviews have recently appeared in Vine Leaves, JMWW, little leo, and Solidago, among others. Corbin lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife and two sons.

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