Jeffrey Hatcher


Jeffrey Hatcher Poems

1. Competing Agendas 7/20/2009
2. Tacking On The Styx 5/2/2016

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Tacking On The Styx

Where the Styx is wide the Earth is fen.
No dock transcends the mud
To tie a boat to or to lend
A vantage point to spie Elysian Fields.


A marsh allows no walking progress,
So we leave shore to tack upon the Styx,
Searching upstream for a firmer mooring,
Veering to Hades when the current commands,
And back again, trusting keel and sail, not oaring.

One cannot tack and keep an even keel.
There is a current to deflect and bring to heel.

When current strains our vessel to excess
We harbor midway on the Isle of Ativan,
But life demands ...

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