Green Hills Literary Lantern





Desire plays me in

This dull season of winding

Down; tosses her head and 

Ties love in tight knots.  


She uses my things, leaving her

Lipstick mark and

Shimmering white by moon

Like a Southern ghost flower.  

Makes me love Schubert. 


She stands outside

The lych-gate, darkens a

Bed with fragrant campanula and

Covets a blue disturbance.   


A breakfast of

Words leaves me unsettled.

Persephone’s dry,

Small seeds do not

Transform me. My      


Long tooth droops

Bright red tassels like      

Love-lies-bleeding or

Something dear left behind.






Mary Louise Hotlen, a certified teacher and licensed counselor, has written two nonfiction books. Her short fiction has appeared in the Rockford Review.  A poem titled “Year of Psalms” placed in the 2009 ‘Illinois Emerging Writers’ contest.     Poetry has been accepted by Dream International Quarterly, Psychopoetica, Red River Review, Running Deer Press, Literary Mama, Moon Journal, Birth Matters, The Awakenings Review, Off Channel, Earth’s Daughters; Devilfish Review; Pank Magazine; and Persimmon Tree.