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OF THIS MOMENT
by Larry D. Thomas

primaveral,
when the trees
are tuning forks

struck into the tones
of birdsong,
the squirrels

descend the trunks
like beads
of hot wax,

each onto the floor
of his own
little room

sans walls or roof,
lit by a thousand
candles

in the dazzling
yellow house
of morning.

(“Of This Moment” was first published in The Christian Science Monitor and is featured in Larry D. Thomas‘s collection Where Skulls Speak Wind, Texas Review Press, 2004 — winner of the 2004 Texas Review Poetry Award.)

Illustration: “Silently Watching,” watercolor by Cathy Wilson, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED