As Night Falls



Having tended

their business

of death,


revved up

the chain saws

of their caws


and sawed the day

down to darkness,

the crows


take their places

in the upper-

most branches


of an old

growth pine,



in the solemn


of their murder.





Larry D. Thomas, the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, has been privileged to be a regular contributor of poetry to the Green Hills Literary Lantern for more than twenty years.  His Web site address is