buttons and horses

My poetry class wrote this poem as a group today. Each person wrote a first line and we passed our papers in a circle. 10 poems. This was my favorite. I wrote the first line and each student wrote one of the following ones. 

For context, you may want to read “In a Word, a World” by C.D. Wright, from which we gained the idea that the word “horse” unhorses what is not horse. 


buttons pressed are always unbuttoned.
horses unalive are always unhorsed.
unbuttoned buttons are eventually rebuttoned
horses that are born are always rehorsed.
Buttons can fall off.
And horses can die.
But buttons can be resewed
And new horses brought to life.

unhorse the buttons that unbutton
but rebutton the horse that unhorse