Green Hills Literary Lantern


Skeleton Key


Nearly the whole

substance of its bit

is filed away,


this object the bone

beneath the short-lived

flesh of security,


drifting skeletally

from lock to lock

and opening them


so easily

it makes one wonder

whether the worlds


they shut away

really needed fastening

in the first place,


the lock and the key

the sides of a coin

but whose shining matters.






Larry D. Thomas, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate, is privileged to be a longtime contributor of poetry to Green Hills Literary Lantern.  He has published several award-winning and critically acclaimed collections of poetry.  His most recent books are Boiling It Down: The Electronic Poetry Chapbooks of Larry D. Thomas, Blue Horse Press 2019, and In a Field of Cotton: Mississippi River Delta Poems, Blue Horse Press 2019.