Paso de la muerte*

She told me of the paso de la muerte,
the leap of death,

how she raced around the ring
and jumped from the saddled horse

to the barebacked one,
clinging to the neck and mane

as if life itself were a galloping pony
and death its pounding hoofs.

*and I will begin teaching Spanish 1 as an adjunct instructor at Finlandia University on August 29

About Ray Sharp

Poet, athlete, retired public health planner
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