Strong horses, Percherons, bred
for imperturbability and speed:
Aethon, Eous, Pyrois, Phlegon,
what names to call a conflagration
by. Two decades with the force,
and you’d little use for people, but horses,
that was a different matter: strong
horses, swift as shadows lengthening
across the tile bed, a father
could not hold them, how could a god.