Dreamed 1941 by Louise Bogan
O God, in the dream the terrible horse began
To paw at the air, and make for me with his blows.
Fear kept for thirty-five years poured through his mane,
And retribution equally old, or nearly, breathed through his nose.
Coward complete, I lay and wept on the ground
"Give him," she said, "something of yours as a charm.
But, like a lion in a legend, when I flung the glove
In a non-dream poem the glove might well be added just to rhyme with the final line. But this is a dream. When Bogan offers the horse her "right glove" this may be punning dream-advice: offer your old rage and fear "right love." I suggest this because my own dreams often use this pun, such as: Tough Glove.
This is from Louise Bogan's Collected Poems, 1954. Bogan's own title for the poem, 'The Dream', is unsearchable in an online dream-library; Terrible Horse is purely my title of convenience. I'll index both of course.
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