Green Hills Literary Lantern




Your eyes are the bluest I’ve seen,

reflecting a bit of the blade in the glint of

the haft.

And I wait.

No doubt they did defraud you,

propelling you a bit in this enactment,

getting you to the pantry with the point

turned toward your gut.

I must wait.

Eventually you must decide

whom to kill.

Him or you or

are you he?

You must suspect that he will never change.

Evil comes not in a flash

but a trickle.

We never met the cause of this but

both of us can feel the face

as palpably as if it were molded

newborn before us.

I wait.







Fired from Hallmark for writing meaningful greeting-card verse, Fred Yannantuono has currently published 334 poems in 85 journals in 30 states. Work was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2006 and 2013. His book A Boilermaker for the Lady, which can be browsed on Amazon, has been banned in France, Latvia, and the Orkney Isles. Was recently Featured Poet in Light Quarterly. To Idi Amin I’m a Idiot and Other Palindromes  is due out in 2014, followed by a second book of poems, I Hate to Second-Guess Myself – Or Do I? Hasn’t been arrested in seventeen months. Caught bluefish nude, Ocean City, MD—1971