Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Chera Hammons is the author of four books of poetry, including The Traveler’s Guide to Bomb City, which received the 2017 PEN Southwest Book Award. Her debut novel, Monarchs of the Northeast Kingdom, is forthcoming in May 2020. She lives in Amarillo, Texas. You can follow her on Twitter: @chera_writes.
The mare saw two of her herdmates die when she was captured. One, an exhausted gray stallion, fell and broke his neck in the trailer; the other, a chestnut foal, only weeks old, was chased until its leg fractured, and it had to be euthanized. That was the first this mare knew of our kind. Of our kindness.