Green Hills Literary Lantern



End Times


She thinks her lemon tree will save her,

            she said that.


Her neighbors have a lime tree;

they’ll trade. She’s getting


chickens. And a vegetable garden.


            Water? Off the roof.


And in her hot water heaters. Also the radiant pipes.

She said she can get by for a while.


There’s a flaw. I don’t point it out.







Claudia Putnam lives in Western Colorado, where’s she active in several writing communities, facilitates fiction and poetry workshops, and teaches poetry appreciation classes. This is her second appearance in GHLL. Her work can be found most recently in I-70 Review, Glassworks, Tar River Poetry, The Writing Disorder, Spillway, Barrow Street, and Literary Mama. A chapbook, Wild Thing in Our Known World, is available from Finishing Line Press. In 2011-12, she was the George Bennett fellow at Phillips Exeter Academy, and in 2015, she had a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. More information: