Good Bi Horses

Inspired by “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus

you have been rolling the boulders back and searching the caves. but you only need hitch a ride among our lips and tongues to testify. we are the gift. 

barn doors are cobbler warbles. cotton sheet teeth. a nudge when sunlight can't break our eyelids. and home no longer hinges on a mother’s acceptance.

fences cannot hurdle us. we toss our beaten bodies unhurriedly. over walls. this collagen hobbles sins. adheres to the high grime of the intolerable. saddles them with the stench of red hands.

like a noisy river grinding into the sea, we will not be held. leather rains tethered to cowhide clouds chatter above our fingertips. drowned by endurance. when did we last feel dry? or safe? or glued together?

true, though we swallow, gray lives in our long throats. but these plains were painted rich and evocative before we could language love.

we mourn the Nisean and Ferghana. we champion the yearlings. 

when society shoehorns us into a straight death march, we pull the steel gilding from our feet and catapult it through stubborn eyes. we cry, nay.

though you lead us into the storm's aftermath. tell us to inhale the puddle. try to deafen us with reflections. we are not afraid of the figures in the water. or the monsters at our shoulders. we may be parched, but we can go a lifetime sipping thunder.


Lannie Stabile (she/her), a queer Detroiter, often says while some write like a turtleneck sweater, she writes like a Hawaiian shirt. A finalist for the 2019/2020 Glass Chapbook Series and semifinalist for the Button Poetry 2018 Chapbook Contest, she is usually working on new chapbook ideas, or, when desperate, on her neglected YA novel. Works can be found, or are forthcoming, in Glass Poetry, 8 Poems, Kissing Dynamite, Monstering, Okay Donkey, Honey & Lime, and more. Lannie currently holds the position of Managing Editor at Barren Magazine and is a member of the MMPR Collective. She was also recently nominated for Best of the Net 2019.

Twitter handle: @LannieStabile

Lannie Stabile