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She Leaves Me Again, Six Months Later

The hillside was blocked 
with pens, horses of other colors 

five or six to a pen, 
and one long fenced strip

from the base of the hill up, 
with dark brown horses flank to flank 

not moving, 
but their necks craning over

each other's backs. 
They were looking towards 

the dip at the top of the hill,
and the stream running through it.

They were looking at what 
was on the other side, 

which was my mother, 
whom I had just walked over the bridge.


Copyright © 2011 by Collier Nogues. Reprinted from On the Other Side, Blue with the permission of Four Way Books.


Collier Nogues

Collier Nogues is the author of The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground (Drunken Boat, 2015) and On the Other Side, Blue (Four Way Books, 2011). She lives in Hong Kong, where she curates Hong Kong’s English-language poetry craft talk series and coedits poetry for Juked.

Date Published: 2011-01-01

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