Gris-Gris, an online journal of literature, culture & the arts

The Temptation to Diverge from the Path of Righteousness

by Joy Bye

 

The roan mare’s

skin is folded

over

 

exposing

tissue

 

a gaping

hole

that leads

to bone

 

female

horseflies

circle the

blood meal

 

ripping

at her

flesh with

their scissored

sheaths

 

until they

have filled

themselves

of

her

sinew

 

and

flown

into the

distance

 

their eggs

 

a gastropod shell

 

laid on a slip of greenery                                       a dead spot on the front lawn.