In Darwin,

Minnesota

the biggest ball

 

of twine

is unencumbered

by human

 

frailty.

No discontented lovers

struggling with rope

 

burn

anxious to be free.

No lasso-

 

twirling cowpokes

waiting in ambush

for that special

 

someone.

No timber-hitched

twosomes and threesomes

 

double knotted

like old sneakers.

No families

 

held together

by spit

and slip

 

knots.

Just a ball of

purposeless string

 

bigger now

than the town

hall.

 

Steve Deutsch

 

Steve Deutsch lives in State College, PA. His recent publications have or will appear in Evening Street, Better Than Starbucks, Flashes of Brilliance, SanAntonio Review, Softblow, Mojave River Review, The Broadkill Review, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Panoply, Algebra of Owls, The Blue Nib, Thimble Magazine, The Muddy River Poetry Review, Ghost City Review, Borfski Press, Streetlight Press, Gravel, Literary Heist, Nixes Mate Review, Third Wednesday, Misfit Magazine, Word Fountain, Eclectica Magazine, The Drabble, New Verse News and The Ekphrastic Review. He was nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2017 and 2018. His Chapbook, “Perhaps You Can,” was published in 2019 by Kelsay Press.

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