for a weekend, some quality time.
and barely traveled, brambles
sag on weary fences,
A large heifer
struggles, leg trapped in barbed wire.
seeping eyes. Whites roll
so far up they obliterate pupils.
She lopes away across the meadow.
on her leg will heal.
we won’t be offering sweet apples
to blessed horses,
no petting gallant foreheads
not a good omen.
Jeanine Stevens is a California poet by way of Indiana. Work has appeared in Pearl, Perfume River, Cider Press Review, Squaw Valley Review, Rosebud and others. Her latest chapbook, "Needle in the Sea," was published by Tiger's Eye Press.