Green Hills Literary Lantern



Family Tree



I am a thrush who loves the elegant:


this black oak with a shimmer only rain

can gift to bark when sun peeks out.  Such gloss

that’s beauty even to a small red ant

zigzagging up.


                             I also love the plain:

blue slice of sky, a twig.  Slow blade of grass.


The ant may once have been Pythagoras,

savant of multi-angled oak ascent,

and I suspect, mid-note, I was him too;


for music is for me an abacus

on which I measure different tints of blue

in post-rain sky.  Gauge what the wind has meant.


I feel distinguished by my lineage,

and even more by black oak’s royal age.






Lee Slonimsky’s Consulting with the Swifts: New and Selected Poems, 1982—2015 will be published in 2016 by Spuyten Duyvil Press of New York City.  Lee has poems recent or forthcoming in Angle (UK), The Homestead Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, Per Contra, Slant, and Town Creek Poetry.  His essay “Daniel Hoffman, Sonneteer,” appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Measure, and his murder mystery about the hedge fund industry, Bermuda Gold, was published in 2015.  Lee’s NYC poetry writing workshop is called “Walking with the Sonnet.”