The Horse And The Crow

Written by Mark Linkous

Once there was a horse and a crow. They were best friends. Early one morning in a field, they were talking together, and the horse asked the crow, “If you had a wish, what would it be?” The crow replied from the fence post, “It would be to run upon the earth, and feel the ground beneath me.” “That’s easy,” said the horse. “Jump onto me and hang on tight.” So the crow jumped on the horse’s back, holding onto his mane with his claws. They raced through the fields, through the low morning fog and over the frozen earth. The crow smelled the horse’s sweat and was very happy; they both breathed very hard. Then they rested by the fence and the crow asked, “Do you have a secret wish, horse?” The horse thought for a while and replied, “To fly like you through the air and taste the clouds.” The crow pondered this for a bit and flew away. After a while the horse started to get sad because he thought the crow had forgotten him. His body felt very heavy. Just then, the horse heard the crow calling to him from a great distance. Then he saw his friend the crow way far off, and he had gathered hundreds of birds. They all landed on the horse’s back, and the crow said to the horse, “Run! Run!” All the birds cried out and flapped their wings. The horse ran and ran until they rose from the ground. They flew through the sky among the clouds. The horse’s field seemed very small. The horse laughed and laughed. He was so happy he could hardly breathe.

Short story published in November 2001 issue of Jane Magazine…