Jefferson Carter

A Centaur - Poem by Jefferson Carter


For laughs,
I imitate a horse,
lowering my bare shoulder
into the sand
of the arroyo, my wife
watching from above
& our son inside the blue backpack
watching while I roll, kicking
my hooves & neighing, husband
turned centaur, father
as some big animal.
The boy laughs
because his mother’s laughing
& I lurch to my feet, shaking,
blowing through my nostrils,
feeling foolish,
but what’s a family for?
Climbing back up,
I smell creosote & sage
& I understand the Greeks
who carried in their armor
a bag of spices
that smelled like home.

Topic(s) of this poem: family

Comments about A Centaur by Jefferson Carter

  • (10/18/2017 9:05:00 AM)

    This is such a lovely and approachable poem. You convey images in plain language, yet bring out the magic of an ordinary moment in time. While there is a story in this poem, there are also some great lines including the one about the reason why the speaker's child laughed...not because of the funny scene, but because his mother laughed. In that line, I thought about how we teach our children to love life and find happiness and humor. I also enjoyed some of the specific detail that grounded this image in a desert landscape. The speaker evoked creosote and spices so I fully engage more senses as I read. And then in the end, the speaker referred to the Greeks, which brought home the final line. Thanks for sharing. Take care. (Report) Reply

    Jefferson Carter Jefferson Carter (10/18/2017 11:04:00 PM)

    Jette, glad you liked the poem. If you have time, check out my new website:

    Tell me what you think of it. Stay in touch. Yrs, JC

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  • Rebecca Navarre (6/18/2017 8:05:00 PM)

    A Beautiful Sentiment Of Being A Parent! ! ! ! ! And The
    Precious Joyful Memories Of Having Fun And Being Silly! ! ! ! !
    Very Wonderful Times! ! ! ! ! Thank You So Much For Sharing
    This! ! ! ! ! Many 10S! ! ! ! ! +++++
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    Jefferson Carter Jefferson Carter (10/18/2017 11:05:00 PM)

    Rebecca, thanks for your kind words about the poem. If you have time, check out my new website:

    Let me know how you like it. Stay in touch. Yrs, JC

  • (9/6/2014 4:27:00 PM)

    parenthood is so much fun...we get to play at being anything we want to amuse our kids...nice poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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