Green Hills Literary Lantern



Power Surge


The big city night

is still,

frozen as the frame

of a strange film,


studded with stars

and the creamy

essence of moonglow.

The sky's sutured


with electrical wires

stringing for miles

the tops of oaks,

gleaming in the burnished


copper light

of sodium streetlamps

like strands of gossamer.

The wires wait for midnight


when they'll come

terribly alive

with movement

graceful as beads


of hot wax;

when, in perfect silence,

on blurs of littlest feet,

the fat rats run.




A member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate, Larry D. Thomas has published several award-winning collections of poetry including As If Light Actually Matters: New & Selected Poems which received a 2015 Writers' League of Texas Book Awards Finalist citation.  Thomas, who resided in Houston for forty-four years, retired to the high Chihuahuan Desert of Far West Texas in 2011.  Among his best friends are the Chihuahuan raven, puma, great horned owl, coyote, javelina, mule deer, gray fox, Texas horned lizard, thick-handed scorpion, black-tailed jackrabbit, diamondback rattlesnake, and blue quail.