The thinker tenses,
skin stretched with muscles’ tautness.
Hanging ape-hands betray the physical,
animal quality of his thought.
The thinker has a problem,
skin in the game.
The thinker’s grimace conveys not concentration
A twisted posture expresses not repose
but painful strain.
The thinker contemplates
because he cannot kick his problem to submission.
He may resort to force;
meanwhile, he imagines a stratagem.
The thinker’s massive body bends
as thinking weighs him down.
He bears his thoughts like rocks from a quarry
or water from a well.
Greg Sevik is an Assistant Professor of English at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, New York. His scholarly essays have appeared in such venues as The Hopkins Quarterly and The Emily Dickinson Journal. His poetry was published recently in Cholla Needles.
The Ekphrastic Review
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