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THESE BLOOMS
by Larry D. Thomas

in late
afternoon
so red

they hurt.
These blooms
of the hibiscus.

These wide-
open mouths
of sopranos

bleeding
from singing
the brilliant,

unbroken
high C’s
of these full

yet day-
long
lives.

“These Blooms” appears in Larry D. Thomas‘s collection Amazing Grace, Texas Review Press, 2001

Illustration: “Hibiscus,” watercolor by Carol Carter, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Larry D. Thomas, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, was privileged to serve as the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate.  He has published twenty collections of poems, the most recent of which is Uncle Ernest (Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago, 2013).  His Larry D. Thomas: New and Selected Poems (TCU Press, 2008) was long-listed for the National Book Award.