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FOR PURITY
   in memory of Georgia O’Keeffe
by Larry D. Thomas

she dons jet-black
and takes her stance
before the canvas,
 
draping her heart
with the shadow
of a black cross.
 
She scours her mind
with cloudless
desert sky
 
and she waits
for the moon-like rising
of the flower,
 
the pelvis,
the cleansed,
sun-bleached skull.

“For Purity” appears in the collection Amazing Grace by Larry D. Thomas, Texas Review Press, 2001

PHOTO: Georgia O’Keeffe with painting, 1930, by Alfred Stieglitz, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Alfred Stieglitz Collection

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THE NIGHT WE WERE GODS
by Larry D. Thomas

They hung by thread
just above our heads
in the entryway,
five hummingbirds
of clear red glass
 
covered with glitter.
Absentmindedly,
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 Amazon.com.

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 christmasplace.com.

Image
FOR PURITY
   in memory of Georgia O’Keeffe
by Larry D. Thomas

she dons jet-black
and takes her stance
before the canvas,
 
draping her heart
with the shadow
of a black cross.
 
She scours her mind
with cloudless
desert sky
 
and she waits
for the moon-like rising
of the flower,
 
the pelvis,
the cleansed,
sun-bleached skull.

“For Purity” appears in the collection Amazing Grace by Larry D. Thomas, Texas Review Press, 2001

PHOTO: Georgia O’Keeffe with painting, 1930, by Alfred Stieglitz, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Alfred Stieglitz Collection