SLAUGHTER OF THE BANKER HORSES

Posted: October 28, 2011 in Uncategorized
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“The Banker horse is a breed of feral domestic horse (Equus ferus caballus)

living on the islands of North Carolina‘s Outer Banks.

It is small, hardy, and has a docile temperament.

Descended from domesticated Spanish horses and possibly

brought to the Americas in the 16th century,

the ancestral foundation bloodstock may have become feral

after surviving shipwrecks

or being abandoned on the islands by one of the

exploratory expeditions

led by Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón

or Sir Richard Grenville. Populations are found

on Ocracoke Island, Shackleford Banks, Currituck Banks,

and in the Rachel Carson Estuarine Sanctuary.”

 

~ ~  Description from

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

 

SLAUGHTER OF THE BANKER HORSES

 

Poachers filtrated the sandy beaches

ambushing the wild horses

that endured there

extinguishing their ancient reign

those who had never been lost

inside the danger of human eyes

mares shielded their frantic colts

stallions amassed their spooked mares

but none were the wiser for swift bullets

gulls sing their requiem in crimson air

seed-eaters          grave diggers

you watch things die

orgasm swimming in

rape-infected eyes

sin can’t loathe you enough

shock fails to deliver sweet oblivion

you ate the horses within us all

silence of pitted salt      race-deathism

echo of fading hooves

compassion bled out

but not from your bowels

soaked are ivory sand dunes      the Wetland Cordgrasses

with unborn grief

you left no bloated carcass

for even the vultures

may you choke on the flies

that had nothing to lick

but the sawdust of their bones . . .

 

~ ~

© Copyright 2011 ♥Susan Joyner-Stumpf

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Comments
  1. debbiebrooks37 says:

    this is beautiful.. this must be around Emerald Isle North Carolina.. my old hunting grounds.. beautiful beach.. i used to live there…

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