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  • Todd Wooten


imprisoned rider

scratched face

slapped by dense

pine-needled branches

bullet beneath

direct descent

allergic to the

sweltering mountain

pleas to be bucked

silenced by roaring hoofs

indignant snorts

grinding teeth

stirrups clutch his feet

reins wrap his wrists

bursting into a clearing

village compassed by a street

glimpses of a cuckold

truck in tow

evicted from his home

soil spread on a

mint condition coffin

the funeral concludes

a child crying

pressed against a shed

by an imposing father

circuit complete

images imprinted on

hollow eyes, registering

the approaching tree line

ascent commences

begging begins in this

hell of unbridled memory

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