Two Poems by Larry Thomas

Art by Chuck Collins


(a stone’s throw from Presidio)

Standing in line

in their folklorico dresses

of red, yellow, orange,

green, blue, indigo,

and bright violet,

they make a perfect spectrum.

One at a time they hop,

flopping their pigtails,

touching their upper lips

with their pointed tongues.

The figure of hot pink chalk

on which they hop

is laid out in the shape

of a door, today at least

they could care less

what it opens to.

Today each is worriless,

taking her hops in order,

picking up the stone

without a bobble.

With Flying Colors

(Big Bend Sunrise)

Out of the east

the sun wobbles

like a drunk house painter

jerking buckets of raspberry

and canary yellow paint,

swaying them recklessly

to the awkward rhythm

of his gait, sloshing the paint

shockingly all over

the raised and bunched together

bosoms of clouds,

dazzling the blue-

black wings of ravens,

making of the firmament

the posed-for-a-snapshot

faces of a thousand clowns.

Larry D. Thomas, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate, has published twenty-three print books of poetry and numerous online chapbooks. He lived in Alpine, Texas on the northeastern flank of Hancock Hill from 2011 until 2017 but now resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His Web site address is

C.D. (Chuck) Collins is a fourth-generation native Texan, a true lover of all things Texas. He is a lifelong musician, playwright, former oilman, geologist, loving family man, former praise band leader, rock/blues guitarist, and songwriter. His book, "A Picture of Me: The Lyrical Poetry of a Texas Minstrel", was published on Amazon in 2018. Chuck worked as a mechanic, convenience store clerk, and had a small yard/landscape service in college. During and just after college he did field mapping in Texas for the USGS, during which time he fell in love with the Big Bend area. Chuck graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1979 with a degree in Geology. Chuck first took art in the 7th grade and has painted on and off ever since. Since retiring in 2021, he has focused on painting and writing.