Watching a lizard hold on tight
to sacred stone
and flick its tongue in and out
of the silence,
I want to become a disciple
and learn from that mute priest
and from the mica-flecked granite
how to shut down inner voices
that never shut up.
About the AuthorDon Thompson has been publishing poetry since the early sixties, including several books and chapbooks in this century. Back Roads won the 2008 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. An LA Times profile, “Planted in the San Joaquin,” remains available online. Visit his website at www.don-e-thompson.com for links to his books.