Unexpected Rothkos

          Under a concrete bridge, the normal gray and beige,
          conspiring with a passing rain, this one spot, dripping.
          Dripping, spreading at an engineer’s perfect 45-degree angle
          to a rectangle or so, melting over a day and a half’s time,
          a homeless couple, with their blue and red tattered
          sleeping bags rolled and ready to head out for another

          bridge, not noticing the bleached ten x eight sections
          set by state men some fifteen years ago, resembling now,
          unexpectedly, Rothko’s “Untitled (Gray and Mauve), 1969”
          probably dry by tomorrow, never back again by that title.


Larry D. Thacker’s poetry can be found in over fifty venues including The Still Journal, The Southern Poetry Anthology: Tennessee, Mojave River Review, Broad River Review, Rappahannock Review, and Appalachian Heritage. His books include Mountain Mysteries: The Mystic Traditions of Appalachia, and a forthcoming poetry book Drifting in Awe, from Finishing Line Press. Web
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