Shift, Larry Thacker

Rain comes slanted
from the wrong direction,
as if we can name
right from wrong weather,

splatting into front windshields today,
rather than against the rear end of traffic.

itself in gigantic swaths
of cloud and wave.

We are blind,
attentive in the same breath.

We are shaken.

We are shamed.

*

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: http://www.larrydthacker.com

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

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