Outcasts of Infinity

by Nate Pritts

Whenever one of us gets down in the dumps
it’s up to the rest of us to come to the rescue.
The situation with Red is that he realizes

he can no longer be a drone to the Queen Bee.
My friend in browns & greens furrows his brow
heroically. Earnest Green fashions some handcuffs

to help keep Red from working against himself
in this time of turmoil & great need. Still
the lower half of his body disappears. We try to provide

something else for Red to focus on, all his pain
but his hope too, in danger of fading fast away.

Nate Pritts took his BS at SUNY Brockport, his MFA from Warren Wilson College and his Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Currently, he teaches at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, a residential high school for gifted students,& at Northwestern State University. His poems have recently appeared in Rattle, Cimarron Review, Solo, Dogwood and 5am.

Nate Pritts was nominated for Poets Under 30 by the storySouth editors.