Horse Passport and Castration

These Orchids Have
is a precursor to
The Gelded, two

narratives where
figurative meaning is the data
for recording loss

and survival in the
‘-ectomy’ of what has been removed
being attached at the end.

As the story goes,
there are those who think a care for
people vaccinating

threatens liberties,
but to have your knackers taken? Covid
is bollocks for the

anti-brigade, but
here is a masterclass in equine registration
to prove a need –

one microchip records
two testicles taken, where humans will flinch at
two picks in an arm

to save theirs
(or its equivalence). When horses
neigh it is not a refusal,

just actual pain
in a hope of controlling things
for continuing.


Mike Ferguson

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