Poetry Issue 20


Franz Joel Libo-on

10 facts about the horse in the ceiling


The horse in the ceiling is so huge that when you look up all you see is the ceiling but you do not think right away that it is the ceiling but a horse, and only through trial and error do we get to the point where we say that it is a ceiling but find it too late to retrieve the fact that horse was mentioned first.


When people say the roof is on fire, the horse in the ceiling is in no way bothered by it. On the other hand when people try to raise the roof, the horse in the ceiling doesn’t only bring the house down but breaks down the fourth wall by pushing the envelope.


While many think that they are its distant cousins, the elephant in the room and fly on the wall are only one of the various metaphors for it.


Usually during first encounters, we come to think of it as stone in the head.


There are instances when people ride the bus that will be hit by a truck and the people will be late to their jobs. The horse in the ceiling plays a part in this by being an unusually active radio frequency that will make the volume on some radio station appear louder yet grainier than the usual.


The horse in the ceiling is neither a god nor something involved in religion unlike the golden calf, but we pray to it unknowingly with prayers we don’t know we can pray about whether consciously or subconsciously. We can never know if these prayers were answered.


Starting from the 2:35 mark until the end of John Cage’s 4’33” you could clearly hear the horse in the ceiling making a sound considered the closest brother of silence.


Contrary to popular belief, the writings on the wall were not made by the horse in the ceiling, they are in fact the sole evidence of its non-existence.


The horse in the ceiling runs so fast that the ground it is running on is moving while the horse in the ceiling remains stationary.


In homes without ceilings, the floor is where the horse in the ceiling is.