It’s out of nowhere, Larry Thacker

Like living in the center
of the city, happy and lucky
to have a little copse of woods
minding its own thick business
nearby, the tree line set
like a wall-ish live reminder
how green remains a vitality
in the world, how the streak of orange
and brown is only that at first,
a flash, just back into the vines and bark,
a clip of ghosting white muzzle,
the tail slipping round a low trunk
like a shy furred serpent, then
it’s the call of eyes on you in the usual darkness
no streetlamps yet manage to betray,
a feral-ness on air you catch
only after a thing has locked
its memory of you
long before,
watched for you from the green line,
night and day, you
going and returning,
unaware of its freedom to roam
so very close to where you leave
your heart exposed and open
to spice the wind with finiteness.


Larry D. Thacker’s poetry is in over 150 publications including Spillway, Still: The Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Poetry South, The Southern Poetry Anthology, The American Journal of Poetry, Illuminations Literary Magazine, and Appalachian Heritage. His books include three full poetry collections, Drifting in Awe, Grave Robber Confessional, and Feasts of Evasion, two chapbooks, Voice Hunting and Memory Train, as well as the folk history, Mountain Mysteries: The Mystic Traditions of Appalachia. His fourth full poetry collection, Gateless Menagerie, is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press. His MFA in poetry and fiction is earned from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Visit his website at:

Larry Thacker recommends Ron Houchin’s poem “The Original Album” in Galway Review.

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