second horse, third horse, first people


We live inside a story
and the story holds

the depths of people
we know now

a story is
a container of knowledge

—primal, not primitive—
kinship spinning earth

placing us back, freeing us
to participate.






About redmitten

author of Cracking Geodes Open, Making Good Use of August, and The Peppermint Bottle. poetry editor for IthacaLit. website:

11 responses to “second horse, third horse, first people

  1. Karla Linn Merrifield


  2. beautiful.
    but i don’t want to participate any more

    • redmitten

      i think it takes an honest courage to say- i don’t want to participate anymore. and i’ve come to count on your honesty and your courage. sometimes i just want to sit in the pickup cab and will myself to not feel the wonderful abandonment these horses and their riders must be feeling.

  3. wuffda

    I want to fly above the spinning earth.

  4. Rose Hunter

    This is so interesting in terms of some of the reading I’ve been doing/thinking about about the stories we tell ourselves? Probably not the level you are intending mostly maybe, but this idea of being free enough to participate, “freeing us to participate,” anyway, hmm, I am wondering what it would be like to have that kind of freedom maybe, and not having it in a lot of areas having a lot to do with the kinds of stories about myself that I have playing in my head (“I am this….. I don’t do this….. I am no good at…..”) Yes, probably not the level you are intending mostly, but thought I’d say, for me this morning, it works on this little level too.

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