Winter 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 1 Poetry |

His Garden Mechanical

The machine shines in the grass, the grass Shines in the windows, everything reflects. The pulleys and cogwheels grind like There's something more to say. I myself Have nothing more to say except except except.   I greet myself in the shadows as I Limp by, looking all over town for my antithesis Like a swollen lover about to be found out.   I couldn't take my jerry-built apartment One more day—is why my things lie in Cold storage, and I'm strolling all over again Like an old man dodging bricks.            But never worry me. My friend says I can stay as long as I'm gone by the time she wakes up. My legs become the fear nothing will change.      If I can get from here across the street, Then I've never moved at all. Here's the thing: If being is and I exist, then I Can never come or cease to be. I sneak up on myself Over there, under the chestnut tree, getting Sicker every minute, but never catch up.   You there, look out, that

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Jerry Harp's books include Creature (a volume of poems) and "For Us, What Music?": The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice (University of Iowa Press). He teaches at Lewis & Clark College.

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