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I like the lady horses best,
how they make it all look easy,
like running 40 miles per hour is as fun as 
taking a nap, or grass.
I like their lady horse swagger, after winning. 
Ears up, girls, ears up!

But mainly, let’s be honest, 
I like that they’re ladies. 
As if this big dangerous animal is also a part of me,
that somewhere inside the delicate skin of my body, 
there pumps an 8-pound female horse heart,
giant with power, heavy with blood.

Don’t you want to believe it?
Don’t you want to tug my shirt and see
the huge beating genius machine that thinks, 
no, it knows, it’s going to come in first.

- Ada Limón

From Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions 2015). Copyright ©2015 by Ada Limón. Reprinted with permission from Milkweed Editions. milkweed.org