The Assassin of Ether

by Larry D. Thomas

Centering the cross hairs
of the mercenary
squarely on the essence
of the atom,

he squeezes the trigger
of time. For his slingshot
of bewilderment,
he polishes the stones

of his thoughts.
His talisman
is the limit of knowledge.
Snagging rarefaction

on the fishhook
of the commonplace,
he scrawls, with the ink
of crows, the sacred

alphabet of angels,
sacrificing, on the altar
of language, the lamb
of his finest hours.

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Larry D. Thomas has published several award-winning collections of poetry including As If Light Actually Matters: New & Selected Poems which received a 2015 Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards Finalist citation.  He lives in the high Chihuahuan Desert of Far West Texas with his wife and two long-haired Chihuahuas.  His best friends are the Chihuahuan raven, puma,  great horned owl, coyote, javelina, mule deer, gray fox, Texas horned lizard, thick-handed scorpion, black-tailed jackrabbit, diamondback rattlesnake, and blue quail.