Green Hills Literary Lantern






I sit on a pale pink

chaise lounge in my Grandmother’s


sun filled bedroom.

Shadows and reflections


from the late afternoon

teach me time


moving across the bed post

and her dressing table set.


A bottle of perfume glistens

a few moments before


her framed photograph catches

the sun next and then


her rose colored powder box

vibrates with light.


Her comb and brush dazzle

the last to capture the sun


before the room slowly loses

this amber cast of gold.



Sudie Nostrand is the author of Bless the Day (Kodansha America, 1998), and The Paris Poems (March Street Press, 2004). She has published poetry in California Quarterly, Cumberland Poetry Review, Kansas Quarterly, Louisville Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Greensboro Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, North American Review, Mid-American Review, Hidden Oak, River Oak Review, Pacific Coast Journal, Bryant Literary Review. Her work is being archived in the Fales Collection of the New York Public Library.