1 poem

by Gala Mukomolova

Gala Mukomolova holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. In 2016, she was a recipient of the 92nd Street Y Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her chapbook One Above / One Below: Positions & Lamentations is available from Yes Yes Books. Her full-length poetry collection Without Protection is available from Coffee House Press. Find her @galactic_rabbit.

This poem was longlisted for the 2019 Peach Gold in Poetry with guest judge Dorothea Lasky.

Tennessee, I'm thinking about free falling

at the karaoke bar tonight you know how

he draws horses out a little too long it’s

almost a joke but I don’t think it’s funny

to love an animal   What if I tell you

that’s my favorite part of the song

would it surprise you   If I love you

in a dream you wrapped your neck

around my neck and my head rested

in the crest where your scent is strongest

You were on a date with someone else

I had to remind you untangle our necks,

your date didn’t seem to mind   Horses

are like that Tennessee  they know

the order of things and wait their turn

If I sing free falling tonight at the bar

with this herd whose scents are strange

I just want to feel good again 

Did you know that horses only lie down

besides horses they can trust Do you

remember Tennessee that rooftop

in South Brooklyn how we slow-danced

and you breathed free into my ear

and I breathed free right into yours?