Oh, Dudley, your horse.
            Nell Fenwick

You think I'm just a ditzy redhead
prancing through meadows, picking Black-Eyed
Susans, dreaming of Dudley. You think
I don't pay attention and that's why
Whiplash snares me, wraps me
in ropes, binds me over and over
again to this cold iron rail
to wait for that long, throbbing
whistle. But he's only playing his part
(he's not the sharpest tool
in the shed) and I let him.

On sunny days I pretend to fixate
on purple coneflowers, humming mindless
tunes as he lumbers up behind,
lassos me like a bawling calf. Oh, yes,
I scream. It's got to look good.

Even while Iím lying here
and the engineís hot steam curls
between the mountainís dark tips,
Iím not afraid. I know Dudley
will manage to stay astraddle
Horse and when I hear the clop-
clatter of hooves ringing through
the rails I start to tingle, knowing
Iíll soon have that snow-white stallion
looming above me, nickering softly.

Iíll coo a bit at Dudley, give Snidely
a harrumph, but the first thing Iíll do
when my bonds are loosened
is throw my hungry arms around
that equine hunk of muscle,
nuzzle his soft pink lips, whisper
Iíve an apple hidden
deep in the folds of my gown.

Copyright 2006,  Rebecca Clark

Rebecca Clarkís writing credits include StringTown, Snow Monkey, Manzanita Quarterly, and others. She has work forthcoming in Rattle, Pearl, Heliotrope, Literary Salt, and others. Rebecca works as an attorney, coordinating a volunteer lawyer program, and lives in Washington Stateís Skagit Valley with her husband and daughter.


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