I’ll need ten volunteers, ten of my nearest & dearest,
to stand next to each other on a boulder
roughly the same size as my worldly worries & woes.
Ask me if I care & I’ll lift the whole shebang
high overhead, shrug my Atlas-sized burden
into orbit & wave a graceful goodbye.
I’m strong enough to go it alone.
I’ll work the muscles of my right arm
until they burst
& then I’ll work the muscles of my left arm
& then I’ll discover new muscles & work them.
If someone bigger comes along
I might let them land a few punches
just to prove nothing
is ever out of my hands, that I can end it all whenever I want.
NATHAN PRITTS's new work can be/will be seen in print from The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Greensboro Review, Conduit, POOL, and Forklift and online at DIAGRAM and Unpleasant Event Schedule. A new chapbook, Winter Constellations, was just released by horse less press. He edits the online journal H_NGM_N and lives in Natchitoches, Louisiana.