Green Hills Literary Lantern


Imagination Longing


The moon imagines itself
from silence to an O of wonder,
dreaming of how to spend its silver coin.

The earth is a faithful horse
circling its absent master’s house.
The house weeps for the horse down its windows.

The sky is in love with the light it cannot hold,
the light with the sun it now remembers,
the sun a throbbing vacancy of blue.

Though they burn holes in darkness,
the stars forever shiver.  The darkness
is a door longing for a key.

Planets ripen for a harvest
that never comes.  Each dreams a world
beyond the endless zero of its sum.

One child day I tore a flower free,
and toppled from the all of holiness,
till I learned to bless the shadows of the Fall.



Sean Lause is a professor of English at Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio.  His poems have appeared in The Minnesota Review, The Alaska Quarterly, Another Chicago Magazine, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Pedestal, Atlanta Review, Illuminations and Poetry International.  He has published two books of poems, Bestiary of Souls (FutureCycle Press, 2013) and Wakeful Fathers and Dreaming Sons (Orchard Street Press, 2018).