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Playing for Keeps by Tim Pettet

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a black, pock-marked marble,

does a roulette-spin in my palm

and comes to a rest in a fleshy pit of lifeline.

Targeted by puries and steelies,

and knocked about by pocket-rocks, this refugee

from a pair of patched and sprinting dungarees

tumbled through a wad of candy bar wrapper

and slipped past the lint to find a hole

open to a boy’s leg. Held up to the sun,

between forefinger and thumb,

this glass ball, this frozen globe,

becomes a satellite knocked out of orbit,

seeking shelter in this sector of the Milky Way,

in the pocket of my garden jeans.

~ Tim Pettet

Timothy Pettet lives in Kansas City, MO. Writing poems since he was 18, he began considering himself a poet at the age 50. His first book, ZERO Shines Light Through Water AND Watches the Words Emerge. MONA Paints, is due to be published during Pettet’s 64th year. 


113. To the Stars Through Difficulty: Tim Pettet

Used to be two Kansas towns
named Stranger. One still exists.
The other’s a creek that feeds
Linden trees and the river
just east of old Journey Cakes.

And, no, there’s no Bethlehem
in Kansas. Mangers? Hell, yes!
And stars? Just take 56
across the Flint Hills
on a new moon night.
— Tim Pettet

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