Don’t Let That Horse

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Don’t let that horse
eat that violin

cried Chagall’s mother

But he
kept right on
painting

And became famous

And kept on painting
The Horse With Violin In Mouth

And when he finally finished it
he jumped up upon the horse
and rode away
waving the violin

And then with a low bow gave it
to the first naked nude he ran across

And there were no strings
attached

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Painting by Gabriel Pacheco

Dictionaries of Light

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The sun the sun

comes round the corner

like a shining knight of old

galloping over the landscape

on the horses of morning

And shaking his lance over us

in trance of night

awakens us to speak or sing

to banish death and darkness

And each steed a word

each verb a stallion

reared up against all ignorance

Untamed rampant radicals

in dictionaries of light

Dictionaries of Light by Lawrence Ferlinghetti