Green Hills Literary Lantern

Herons in San Miguel de Allende


They are still there, pancaking

the green branches with white

above balls of stick-knitted nests.

They still chatter with needle-sharp

voices, lift and swoop broad-winged

between trees, still startle

with their size so out-of-proportion

with the treetops. How pleased I am

they have pasted themselves

to the place of my memory. And how

I wonder why I need to see

this confirmation of my past.

So rarely, though, does the sky

bear my inner world,

whole and perfect, back to me.





Carol Hamilton, storyteller, retired public school teacher and university professor, was Poet Laureate of Oklahoma from 1995-97 and received the Oklahoma Book Award for her chapbook, Once the Dust. She received a Southwest Book Award for a children’s novel, The Dawn Seekers. She has recent and upcoming work in Nimrod, The Baltimore Review, The Ledge, Southern Poetry Review, Bogg, Poem, Timber Creek Review, Midwest Quarterly Review, Free Lunch, Aurorean, New Orleans Review, New Orphic Review, Blue Unicorn, Mid-America Poetry Review, Chiron Review, Primavera, Phoebe, P.D.Q., Silt Reader, Hidden Oak, Epicenter, Raintown Review, New Zoo Poetry Review, Poetry Motel, Slant, Nebo, Sojourners, Wavelength, International Poetry Review, Southwestern American Review, Porcupine Magazine, Lilliput, 360 Degrees, Macguffin, Pearl, Flint Hills Review, River Oak Review, Main Street Rag, Medicinal Purposes, Kit-Kat Review, Sanskrit, Abbey and others.  She received the 2000 David Ray Poetry Award and the 2002 Warren Keith Wright Prize from Green’s Magazine, and has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize. Recent books include Breaking Bread, Breaking Silence (winner of the Chiron Chapbook Award), Gold: Greatest Hits (from Pudding House), I, People of the Llano (Good Samaritan Press). Other books include Legerdemain (finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award), Legends of Poland and I’m Not from Neptune, a new children’s novel. A new poetry chapbook, Vanishing Point, was published by Main Street Rag Press.