The spread, over-watched by the leader of the buy one
get one free deal, a single figure, alone, thinning head
on the opposite side of the what appears at a glance
as only a long table of cooling stacks of inviting cholesterol,
that great American metaphor, classed up with golden
candelabras, unlit, but the long-monetarily constipated
King Midas wanna-be, naked but for his black trench
great coat that does nothing for his figure, realizing,
maybe for the first time, what it is to be the only one,
cut off from the people, by a wall, bought and built
with his own claimed wealth, a thing called absurdity.
Larry D. Thacker’s poetry can be found or is forthcoming in more than 150 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. His MFA in poetry and fiction is earned from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Official White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian