Green Hills Literary Lantern



Triple Virgin



Someone stole the triple virgin

Olive oil so I asked the barkeep

For A-1 to drizzle on my Idaho

And on an impulse spritzed my

White tuna fish sandwich too.

Turning to my left I saw three

Virgins eating cheese. Have you

Got any olive oil? I asked them.

They shook their heads. Say Cheese,

I said, taking their snapshot,

Hoping I wasn’t being too




High Finance


Leaving the bank I saw

A penny on the floor,

Picking it up, I was

About to return it to

The teller joking about

How her assets were in


When it hit me that

That penny represents

50% of the monthly

Interest on the twenty-two

Hundred dollar savings

Bond she holds

for my kid.

I pocketed it then,

Glancing around to

See if anybody noticed,

Then exited briskly,

Whistling to myself.




Fired from Hallmark for writing meaningful greeting-card verse, Fred Yannantuono has to date published 356 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 an Idiot – and Other Palindromes is due out in 2015, followed by a second book of poems, I Hate to Second-Guess Myself, Or Do I?