Larry Smith

Rookie (2/11/1943 / Mingo Junction, Ohio)

Larry Smith Poems

1. Late Afternoon In The Nursingh Home 2/17/2008
2. A Story Of War 3/8/2008
3. Spreading The Word 2/9/2008
4. Winter Morning 2/9/2008
5. Milltown Resurection 2/17/2008
6. Fishing The Lake 7/22/2011
7. Blossomings 4/18/2009
8. Tu Fu Counts His Blessings 4/18/2009
9. New Breath 4/18/2009
10. Pulling Wild Thistle 6/24/2009

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Pulling Wild Thistle

We work for hours
at my son’s house
trimming grass, pulling weeds.
The thistle are taller
than my grandsons
running about the yard
raking leaves, chasing our dog,
bringing us drinks.

Sharp thorns cut
through my gloves,
yet I grip their green stems
near the white roots
and tug them out
one by one.
The boys stand back
as I lay them straight
like fallen troops
drying in noonday sun.

Was it kindness or neglect
that allowed their growth?
Am I destroyer or savior
killing what’s wild
in the name of order?
The palms of ...

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