On the Horse
Mark Lewandowski

On the Horse


My students wait. The one kid still has his arms crossed. In that moment, it is hard not to think about that twisted tricycle, but I know when I get home to Katie, the image will be buried again.

“Sometimes it’s best to forget the horse ever existed,” I say.

I don’t know if that is satisfactory, or if it’s even a correct reading of Levine’s poem, but it is all I have.

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Mark Lewandowski

is an English professor at Indiana State University and the author of the story collection Halibut Rodeo. His essays and stories have appeared in many journals and have been listed as "notable" in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Essays. He's been a Peace Corps volunteer In Poland and a Fulbright scholar in Lithuania.