One Day a Girl
-after Miller Williams
by Krista Benjamin
One day a girl picking blackberries in Oregon
heard the whinny of a horse overhead.
A Thoroughbred ran wildly in mid-air,
the pumping of its legs keeping it afloat.
The moment it stopped two fields over,
the horse fell and lay whimpering in a heap,
and the girl ran for help,
berries spilling from her dropped basket.
The following November, a Vermont woman
was drying off after a bath when a glint in the tub
caught her eye. A small trout darted around
as she looked on disbelieving
until it went into a frenzy and flung
itself onto the linoleum floor at her feet.
No one who knew about the horse
heard about the fish, and no one
noticed a pattern when two boys
discovered a beagle curled up
sleeping at the bottom of their pool
in Arizona, apparently