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Horse - Poem by Louise Gluck

What does the horse give you
That I cannot give you?

I watch you when you are alone,
When you ride into the field behind the dairy,
Your hands buried in the mare's
Dark mane.

Then I know what lies behind your silence:
Scorn, hatred of me, of marriage. Still,
You want me to touch you; you cry out
As brides cry, but when I look at you I see
There are no children in your body.
Then what is there?

Nothing, I think. Only haste
To die before I die.

In a dream, I watched you ride the horse
Over the dry fields and then
Dismount: you two walked together;
In the dark, you had no shadows.
But I felt them coming toward me
Since at night they go anywhere,
They are their own masters.

Look at me. You think I don't understand?
What is the animal
If not passage out of this life?


Comments about Horse by Louise Gluck

  • Gold Star - 190,941 Points Rajnish Manga (11/27/2016 9:50:00 PM)

    The poem brings forth the intrigues and complexities of human relationships. Analytical.
    Only haste
    To die before I die.
    You think I don't understand? (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 20,565 Points Denis Mair (11/27/2016 5:05:00 PM)

    the animality of one who closes in on himself, the humanness of one who keeps her heart open (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 188,482 Points Luo Zhihai (1/18/2015 2:27:00 PM)

    What a good poem this is! I love the lines. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Horse

  1. 1. Horse , Louise Gluck
  2. 2. Don'T Let That Horse , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  3. 3. The Ballad Of The White Horse , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  4. 4. The Fly-Away Horse , Eugene Field
  5. 5. Our New Horse , Banjo Paterson
  6. 6. Report To Crazy Horse , William Stafford
  7. 7. The Arab's Farewell To His Horse , Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Nor ..
  8. 8. The Undertaker's Horse.. , Rudyard Kipling
  9. 9. Father Riley's Horse , Banjo Paterson
  10. 10. How The Old Horse Won The Bet , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  11. 11. Horse Play , Ayyappa Paniker
  12. 12. The Horse Show , William Carlos Williams
  13. 13. Even That Old Horse , Matsuo Basho
  14. 14. A Horse With No Name , Marilyn Lott
  15. 15. There's Another Blessed Horse Fell Down , Banjo Paterson
  16. 16. Guardian Angel Horse , Diana van den Berg
  17. 17. Death Of An Old Carriage Horse , George Moses Horton
  18. 18. Running Horse , gajanan mishra
  19. 19. The Horse , Asif Andalib
  20. 20. The Life Of A War Horse , Oskar Hansen
  21. 21. The Old Whim Horse , Edward George Dyson
  22. 22. Morning White Horse , Tsira Gogeshvili
  23. 23. Sonnet 41: Having This Day My Horse , Sir Philip Sidney
  24. 24. Sonnet Xli: Having This Day My Horse , Sir Philip Sidney
  25. 25. The Iron Horse , James Whitcomb Riley
  26. 26. A Trojan Horse , Herbert Nehrlich
  27. 27. A Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride , Marilyn Lott
  28. 28. Horse Fiddle , Carl Sandburg
  29. 29. Please Don'T Beat The Dead Horse , Mary Nagy
  30. 30. 'Horse' Of The Sea , Ima Ryma
  31. 31. The Horse Fell Off The Poem , Mahmoud Darwish
  32. 32. Mr Ed The Talking Horse , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  33. 33. Horse And Rider , Ivy Schex
  34. 34. The Blood Horse , Barry Cornwall
  35. 35. A Good Horse Laugh , Marilyn Lott
  36. 36. Dark Horse , Hasmukhlal Amathalallal
  37. 37. A Horse Is An Honest Species , Sheena Blackhall
  38. 38. The Grey Horse , Gert Strydom
  39. 39. A Pale Horse, George A. Custer And The S.. , John F. McCullagh
  40. 40. Year Of The Horse , Ima Ryma
  41. 41. The Norman Horse-Shoe , Sir Walter Scott
  42. 42. **horse Riding , Sadiqullah Khan
  43. 43. The Old Dressage Horse , Francis Duggan
  44. 44. The Lesson From The Horse Race , Francis Duggan
  45. 45. A White Horse Of The Most Magical Kind , David Taylor
  46. 46. The Horse Of Your Heart , William Henry Ogilvie
  47. 47. The Man And His Horse , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  48. 48. Going To The Horse Flats , Robinson Jeffers
  49. 49. A Horse Riding Boy! , Ramesh T A
  50. 50. Dan Wasn’t Thrown From His Horse , Henry Lawson
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