They burned the horse.
Petrol across her fine ebony flanks.
Swirls and curlicues of peacock, blue and green,
shimmering, undulating in the setting sun.
Her proud eyes, magnificent beneath whisper of soft lash.
Unused to the whoops, the flaying belts, the gurriers kicking
at her belly.
Her heartbeat pushing the mackerel mane in and out. Out and in.
Nickering with the cloying oils.
She whinnied, shook herself, showering the boys
with petrol drops.
Her mane and tail like candle wick as she shrieked
and bucked burnt hair on November wind.
They no longer whooped.
She watched them through the smoke,
smouldering beside her.
Skin sizzling and popping - unable to flick
the equine fireballs from cloth and hair.
And as she died, horsemeat to the gang,
she found she had no pity.
No sorry in her thud-thud, thud, quietened heart.
Horse doused in petrol and set alight