*HORSE-DRAWN* by Paul Siegell


To pull
down the ponied
yellow dawn

like the cord
the blinds dangle,
the line that snaps

the horizontals
tight, & what

should we make

sure of?
The expectation
is emotion,

but not all
are desired.
Who wants

“What good
am I? What
use?”? Art

invites the sign
across the street
that says,

“Open During
Construction,” but
all I can think of

is Calamity

out the window

into gallop.


Paul Siegell is the author of Take Out Delivery (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018), wild life rifle fire (Otoliths, 2010), jambandbootleg (A-Head, 2009) and Poemergency Room (Otoliths, 2008). Pennsylvania’s 2021 Montgomery County Poet Laureate, he has contributed to American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Rattle, Sixth Finch, and many other fine journals. Kindly find more of his work at ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL (http://paulsiegell.blogspot.com).