Bethany Reid

Be Saved Until Morning


Her heart
        a running horse
               she sings

in a sea
        of wither

                and stifle,

fetlock and pastern,
            hock and flank,

                   aching shadows

trampling the downed fences
            murmuring, throaty mating

                  of horses, fields

of burdock and tansy

        and thistle,

                 lip of stars

in purple crowns


                beyond saying.

Bethany Reid’s most recent book of poems is SPARROW, which won the 2012 Gell Poetry Prize, selected by Dorianne Laux. She lives in Edmonds, Washington, and blogs at