Black Beauty

by Samuel De Lemos


I have a special place
in my heart
for my Suburban.
who would have
thought I’d write her
an elegy?

It hasn’t been
since the heyday of
Arabic poetry-that
so trivial a poem
was written.

in between the Abbasid’s
and the
Andalusian Muwashshah,

desert poets wrote-
just about everything
even composing
elegies to their dogs.

But, my ode to my
traveling companion-
is composed out of
fondness and love.

For my Black Beauty-
though she lacks
stretch marks,
has safely delivered
me and my family
from one distant
State to another.

And, for that I am