Green Hills Literary Lantern





Come March, pond edges thaw

first, and, reflecting the spring sky,

form a ring of watery blue around

the central snowcake, a perimeter

that, day by day, widens until

the balance shifts

and the float of wintry ice

sinks—sometimes with a single

whoosh that sends crows cawing—

the pond seeming, at that moment,

to burst into becoming

the sparkling sky

it mirrors, though, below,

it stays cold for weeks, the forbidding,

clenching season finally

broken but, at the pond’s dark bottom,

not forgotten.




Mark Belair’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Alabama Literary Review, Atlanta Review, The Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry East and The South Carolina Review. He is the author of seven collections of poems, most recently the companion volumes Taking Our Time and Running Late (Kelsay Books, 2019) He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize multiple times, as well as for a Best of the Net Award. Please visit