Mar/Apr 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 2 Nature’s Nature |

Dilemma

• • The horse has two minds. The first is uncreated — water in an empty bucket. The second, like a sphere is to a circle. A bucket that the water cannot fill. • • The horse’s third mind is creative: two horses in adjacent paddocks don’t stand in the same sun. Two horses beneath the same sun shelter don’t stand in the same shade. • • The horse is a threshold. Divides the unknown plane and mine. The horse divides the floodplain from the fen. Where the horse has and has not been. • • The horse is a dilemma. Half his mind is driven by his body, and half his mind is driven by mine. Half the horse is driven by the line that runs the length of his underbelly. Half the horse is driven by his spine. • • When the horse’s mind is still, his body moves in soft transitions, like water seeping into ground. When the horse’s body stills, his mind stills, too. • • The horse is solitary, which is to say that he’s obsessed with silence. Or, the horse

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Jane Huffman
Jane Huffman has an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa, where she is currently an instructor for the Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRY, The New Yorker, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. She is editor-in-chief of Guesthouse, a literary journal. Twitter @janechuffman

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