Green Hills Literary Lantern

First Things



The girls still sleep

in the air-conditioned cabin,

and I drink coffee, wait

on the screened-in porch.

The scorch of day hums

under its breath that it is coming,

but for now the crows send

their call and response spirituals,

strut over to where last night

we dropped scorched marshmallows

and poured used grease

down the ravine.

A squirrel goes up, freezes,

starts up again, then down

with scritchy noises, claws on bark.

The leaves around me are statues,

silent with no plans to speak,

but high above, reaching light,

leaves and branches stir sky

with a distant but clear quotidian rustle.



Carol Hamilton has recent and upcoming work in New Laurel Review, Tribeca Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Tulane Review, Meridian Anthology, Willow Review, Connecticut River Review, Deronda Review, Licking River Review, Eclectic Muse, Red Rock Review, Main Street Rag, Ibbetson Street and others. She has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize and has published 15 books of children's novels, legends and poetry, most recently, Master of Theater: Peter the Great and Lexicography. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma.