Dusty taste of pistachio

summons the desert,

after the bite

green like the Palo Verde.

Creamy avocado

so smooth on the tongue,

soft in the hand but

hard in the heart.

A sting of Chartreuse

in a sip of the tongue,

burning bite from a bottle.

Now, breathe eucalyptus

inhale mint grass pine

swallow apple olive

drink in green.


Electric, asparagus, yellow, blue

forest, bright, marine and pine

Harlequin, honeydew, India, lawn

camouflage, citrine, emerald, jade

Paris, army, avocado, pear

verdigris, chlorine, office, sky

hunter, Persian, pigment, teal

turquoise, Kelly, moss and sap


Eucalyptus, grass, viridian, green.

“Shades of Green” by Tere Sievers will appear in the Silver Birch Press Green Anthology, a collection of Poetry and prose from over 50 writers in the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Africa —  available March 15, 2013.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tere Sievers, originally a Jersey girl, lives in Long Beach, California, and works as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  She began writing poetry at CSULB and Beyond Baroque back in the late 70s.  For the enjoyment of the children in her life, she has published a book of children’s poems, Blueberry Pancakes and Monkey Pajamas.  She recently received third place in the Your Daily Poem Apocalypse Poetry Contest.