by Larry D. Thomas

They hung by thread
just above our heads
in the entryway,
five hummingbirds
of clear red glass
covered with glitter.
we brushed them
with the tips
of our forefingers,
rubbed our eyelids
and smeared them
with galaxies
of tiny stars.
For several hours,
till we showered,
and never even
noticing, we blessed
everything we touched
with crushed light.

….From Larry D. Thomas: New and Selected Poems (TCU Press, 2008). “The Night We Were Gods” also appears in the Silver Birch Press Summer Anthology, available at

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Larry D. Thomas, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, served 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.

Illustration: “Red Glitter Hummingbird” ornament, available at