Photo by RP Thomas
Tex may have been first to notice,
though the topic was debated
in Noble Coffee, that the old Fury
had recently reappeared in town.
The philologist Carl Hicks said
something that seemed profound—
to himself if not Harry Reems—that
curiosity is the trick of a mind sated
By decorous ambiguities. A Fury
with the driver dead, Hicks stated
with his usual air of confounding
obscurity, cannot be driven unless
Old Martha has risen from her grave
and given it a fill-up at Phil’s station.
Reems reached for the honey this
time, his mind chilled by the gravity
Of Carl’s oration. We should visit Phil,
Harry suggested, riven by the philologist’s
logic. Stirring his cupful, he lookedup at Talent’s town clock; it read 7:57.