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Hand of Jupiter


Poem to be Gathered with a Net In Scandinavia









































Hand of Jupiter

 

Tonight my hand
is the exact size and shape
of Jupiter.

Donít even get me started
on the color.

My hairdo:
two condors fighting,
or making love.

Tomorrow I'm going
to throw
the change-up.

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Poem to be Gathered with a Net In Scandinavia

 

Instantaneously, I show up in the hallway and love
the formatting. The wallpaper here is a million

medium ribbed waves, all around enormous egrets.
I can easily touch both coasts. I'm totally craving

the coastline you said rises and falls away.
A book for children rests outside my door, wide open.

Here's the page where a family of dump trucks sits down
to dinner. Now the egrets huddle together,

but they are all different sizes. I'm wearing
Pre-Styled-Contemporary-Classic-Look, number two.

One egret has normal legs. One egret has a fragmite leg.
Twelve egrets are white, but most are just enveloped in salt.

Oh, never mind, that is a normal egret leg after all.
Look! Another gigantic egret has a speedboat for a beak!

Meanwhile, fist sized apples overflow the kitchen basin,
now becoming visible off the bountiful Finnish coast.

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CHRIS THEIM holds an MFA from the University of Montana. He currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware, teaching English at The Delaware Technical & Community College and philosophy for the University of Phoenix.


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