Seventy-Two Degree Mid February-Day

A lone honey bee wanders the air
yawning some stiff memory of flight
abruptly awake and called out of safety
to duty by a whisper understood only
as an ancient vibration of color and taste
methodical over mostly absent green
landscape bloomless but for plastic flowers
marking other still hibernating things

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Larry D. Thacker’s poetry can be found in past issues of Still: The Journal; The Emancipator; Motif 2; Full of Crow; Kudzu Literary Magazine; Country Grind; The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee; Mojave River Review; and Appalachian Heritage. He is the author of Mountain Mysteries: The Mystic Traditions of Appalachia and the poetry chapbook, Voice Hunting. He serves as Associate Dean of Students at Lincoln Memorial University.

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