I worry a little

Larry D. Thacker

that the more I mess around
in my outdoor environment suit,
the better chance there is
Iíll break a pressure seal,
or some other deadly accident.
Three-million dollars
gets you an engineerís suit,
not a poetís for wandering
the dunes and rock hills
chasing your ghost muse.
Itís built for the slow,
meticulous sort of work.
Procedural: Problem.
Bolt. Nut. Hardware choice.
Mechanical movement
of the body, dancing
with the broken machine
that must be up and running
to continue keeping you alive.
But again, I want to skip rocks Ė
nice, perfectly flat ones,
from this ancient river bed Ė
as hard as I can out against
that mirage so tricking the eyes,
like fresh water. All the while knowing
this suit isnít designed for such work.††


Larry D. Thacker's poetry can be found or is forthcoming in more than ninety publications including The Still Journal, Poetry South, Tower Poetry Society, Mad River Review, Spillway, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Mojave River Review, Mannequin Haus, Ghost City Press, Jazz Cigarette, and Appalachian Heritage. His books include Mountain Mysteries: The Mystic Traditions of Appalachia and the poetry books, Voice Hunting and Memory Train, as well as the forthcoming, Drifting in Awe. Heís presently working on his MFA in both poetry and fiction. Visit his website at: www.larrydthacker.com

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