Green Hills Literary Lantern





At breakfast the fishermen silently exchange newspaper sections.

Two seniors in Oriole baseball caps debate last night’s ballgame.

The waitress calls me ‘honey,’ her voice as tired as her look.

I pour syrup onto my hotcake. What’s this I feel?


Midmorning and picture book in hand the almost toddler

Waddles up to the coffee shop easy chair,

Climbs up and carefully opens to the first page

Begins to mouth the text in silence

Delicately, turns the page, does it again.

Just then his mother appears coffee in hand.

Says his big sister reads to him.

There it is again.


I visit Dad at 4 o’clock, knock on his door and hear Come in.

Same as last time and the time before.

He is reading the Times.

How are you? I ask.

You know the same stuff

This damn leg, this neck pain

I remind him of his age and he says

Yeah, ninety-two, ninety-two already


On my way to the car

I’m not surprised

By the taste

In my mouth.


A veteran of 27 years as Adjunct Professor of Philosophy of Education at NYU and 37 years as a high school teacher of Physics, Psychology and Chemistry, Greg Moglia’s work has appeared in over 70 journals in the US, Canada and England, including Paterson Literary Review, Birmingham Literary Review, California Quarterly and Chiron Review, plus five poetry anthologies, including Earth Shattering Poems and Roots and Flowers. Moglia is a four-time winner of the Allen Ginsburg Poetry Award offered by the Poetry Center at Passaic Community College, and his poem “Why Do Lovers Whisper” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005.