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Michelle Wakefield

Run Free

Horse, keep your stride.
Charge through
the deep gravel of our fathers.
A wisp of feathers.
Hooves gather and release.

Your foal is your future.
Baby is mine—keep the lineage.
Run like the others say.
Leap in whinnied bliss.
Why do as we tell you?

Ripple under the stretched dun silk.
Mustang, keep your stride.
Disengage from our constant ritual—
training,
so that one day, you beat the rest.

Snap your tail, crush insects.
Tell me what I need to know.
Frustration in your pinned ears—mute.
Squeal in annoyance
when we do not understand.

Snort at us—white snipped nostrils flare.
Strip the leather belts, brass buckles.
Shrug off the man-made hyde
of your fathers and mothers.

Keep your stride.

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Wooden Grin

A smile—
jaggared, chipped,
cunningly reveals its intent.

Plucking one by one
seduces them
with the entangled melody.

Ivy wraps
fingers, teased, up the wall.
It taunts the wooden sneer.

The voice—
a chorus, caress the splintered skin
against the chords.

Head tilts,
silver turns control the voice,
encoded reverberations.

The sly lips
curse the diminished notes
the sneer reveals.

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Michelle Wakefield

is a junior English major at Colby-Sawyer College with a double minor in writing for publication and media studies. Her passion began when she would climb trees and write in her abundant diary collection. She began reading as soon as she could find a book to do so. Some of her favorites as a child included the Nancy Drew series. As for factual writing, she began when she joined Colby-Sawyer's newspaper The Courier, which she regularly writes for and has had many articles published. Writing is a release for Michelle. Past experiences, particularly in her family life, are the subject of many of her poems. She hopes to write as many poems as possible to publish them after graduation, in hopes of paving the way for her publishing career.