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DON’T LET THAT HORSE…
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti 

Don’t let that horse
eat that violin
cried Chagall’s mother
But he
kept right on
painting
And became famous
And kept on painting
The Horse With Violin In Mouth
And when he finally finished it
he jumped up upon the horse
and rode away
waving the violin
And then with a low bow gave it
to the first naked nude he ran across
And there were no strings
attached
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“Don’t Let That Horse…” appears in Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s collection These Are My Rivers: New and Selected Poems (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1993), available at Amazon.com.

Painting: “Equestrienne” (detail) by Marc Chagall (!931)