Ghazal for the Centaur

Come boy He says To the teacher  The tenor
of his voice half-thunder half-tender
  
My feet as if haunted  My feet as if chained
My feet made their purpose  These tendrils
  
To the edge  To the point where end-of-the-field
means start-of-the-woods  To that tension
  
Where end-of-the-woods meets lip-of-the-river
To the curve of that lip  His lips and the tension
  
Who saw him first in the shade  By the water
Who saw the flood in that centaur’s attention
  
A centaur made different  With his two human legs
The beast hid inside him  Half-thunder half-tender
  
(Like a beast thought in me)  As what my father said:
Rickey, a man with a man is a monster
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