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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.



by LeeAnne McIlroy Langton

Years from now
Your grandchildren will
See what you dream of
This last night of your hunger
During the passage from Belfast
Across a sea of storms and slave bones:
In abundance—
Phosphorescent corn bursting from husks,
Blood-colored tomatoes bouncing out of crates
Like giant rubber balls,
Pistachios and almonds raining silently from leafy boughs,
Lettuce heads blossoming open like gardenias,
Grapefruits the size of cannonballs
And oranges as sweet as your grandmother’s final tears
Rolling out of the trees
Swimming into the mouth of the Delta
Washed down with the precious nectar of
The California Aqueduct.
Years from now your granddaughter will
Feel that enchanted sense of deja vu
And you will try to explain to her
(Through the whispers in the grass)
That she is living the vision of the dream you had
The last night on that ship
When you had
Nothing in your stomach
Except a moldy crust of bread
And nothing in your heart
Except the tiniest seeds
Of hope


“The Rainbow’s End” and other poetry by LeeAnne McIlroy Langton will appear in the Green Anthology, a collection of poetry & prose by writers from the U.S., U.K., and Europe — available from Silver Birch Press on March 15, 2013.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: LeeAnne McIlroy Langton is a Senior English Language Fellow for The U.S. Department of State and Georgetown University as well as a lecturer at California State University, Long Beach. A native Californian, she earned a BA in Linguistics from UCLA. and an MA in Linguistics from CSULB. In 2011, she was named “Most Valuable Professor” by the Honors Program at CSULB, where she also works as a faculty mentor for first-generation college students. She is the mother of two daughters.

Painting: “Girl with Four-Leaf Clover” by Winslow Homer


The submission deadline just passed for the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology, and we’re already planning our next offering: The Silver Birch Press Green Anthology. Scheduled for a spring 2013 release, the “invitation only” anthology will explore the wide and varied connotations of the word “green” — including money, the environment, Irish luck, Iago-like envy, youthful inexperience, Christmas cheer (or uncheer), and so much more. Stay tuned for details!