Be Still Don Thompson Poetry

by Don Thompson

Published in Issue No. 217 ~ June, 2015

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.

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Don 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 for links to his books.