Green Hills Literary Lantern

 

 

Sunflower

 

 

The concrete and asphalt

flanking its rocky bed,

having baked all day

in an oven of summer sun,

will radiate heat well into the night

where it flourishes

so heavy with fecundity

 

it bends its thick stem

like the end of a shepherd’s staff.

A field of Wordsworth’s daffodils,

drenched with rain and wrung

like towels by the muscular hands

of a giant, stocky laundress,

could yellow but one of its petals.

 

 

 

 

Larry D. Thomas, a longtime contributor, has published numerous award-winning and critically acclaimed collections of poetry.  His As If Light Actually Matters: New & Selected Poems, issued by Texas Review Press (Member, Texas A&M University Press Consortium) in 2015, received a Writers' League of Texas Book Awards Finalist citation.  Thomas's "Dayroom" was selected as first runner-up for the 2017/2018 Switchgrass Review Prize sponsored by Texas A&M University/Corpus Christi.  In March 2018 his chapbook The Innkeeper was published by Mouthfeel Press and is available for order directly from the press (www.mouthfeelpress.com).  He resides in the Great Chihuahuan Desert of southwestern New Mexico with his wife and two Long-haired Chihuahuas.