Poetry By Larry D. Griffin


Jane in Midland

In the room of the poet, his room
hung with images of conquest, she
finds the warmth of his bed with
light flickering from the diamonds
in the rings on his fingers, and

both wearing nothing, she goes down
to her knees before him, and takes him
in her mouth between the mirror
silver and the black iron bed.

His English is standard and pure,
but a slight accent betrays Oklahoma.
He confesses his love to her there,
but she is too blue to hear and
still grieves the loss of her husband.

She hears his voice, but not his words,
and that soothes her into the softness
of his sheets where they fuck for a week.


Larry D. Griffin 2002

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Bio: An Oklahoman, Larry D. Griffin serves as Professor of English and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Dyersburg State Community College, Dyersburg, Tennessee. More than sixty of his essays have been published. His short stories appear in A Gathering of Samphire and Other Stories (Poetry Around, 1990). More than two hundred fifty of his poems have appeared in journals, ezines, and magazines in the United States and abroad. His poetry books include Larry D. Griffin: Greatest Hits: 1968-2000 (Pudding House, 2000), New Fires (Full Count, 1982), The Blue Water Tower (Poetry Around, 1984), and Airspace (Slough Press, 1989). Griffin exhibits his paintings and photographs throughout the United States.