Green Hills Literary Lantern



Wind on the Water

(this poem is published concurrently with the Canadian journal, The Trumpeter)


Blasted by noon sun, I had given up with nothing caught

except a loose curve of line,

my mind, somehow held by cross-winds,

lost in grand figures of Big Hollow;

titanium blue, cumulus tuft,

steep, sloping, April hills rung with cow-paths.


On water wheeled and purled recurring circles,

the sudden angle, whirled and gone.

Calm would settle.  Turtles sunned their necks on deadwood.

A chulp of one fish come to surface;

smell of manure and mud drifted down from pasture.


Midway, directly across the pond,

at a shallow place beside honey-combed hoof-prints,

damselflies hover over sunken branches of algae

where snags of severed line

became floating ghostly forms in water.


Bank to bank, lines cut almost of an engraver’s knife,

stacked contours in tight movements over the pond.

Breeze-warped, wide arched patterns

slipped through shadows almost unnoticed.

In the broken arc,

little washboard ripples formed, then disappeared.


I stood there all day, alone,

carefully walked the narrow ledge

beneath Box Elder, maple and locust trees.

As languid waves receded, Bulrushes shifted in the light,

their stained-glass green of leaves, an old secret I was never told.



John Timothy Robinson is a graduate of the Marshall University Creative Writing program in Huntington, West Virginia with a Regent’s Degree.  He has an interest in critical theory of poetry and American formalism.  John is also a twelve-year educator for Mason County Schools in Mason County, WV.  Past and forthcoming work; Blue Collar Review, Kestrel, California Quarterly, Ship of Fools, Floyd County Moonshine, Wild Violet Magazine, POEM, Ibbetson Street Press, The Iconoclast, Pulsar Poetry Magazine, The Society of Classical, The South Carolina Review, A Time of Singing,, The Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry, Pennsylvania English, Pinyon Poetry Review, Ancient Paths, The Trumpeter Journal of Ecosophy, Westward Quarterly and Green Hills Literary Lantern.