Issue 7
Issue 7




Bill Melton

a dark ruddy face
eyes shirred by the burning sun
stained straw hat for shade
white salt lines on a work shirt
farmer at peace with the world


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Shasta Hatter

Eighteen years have passed
an old man stands at my door
your smile melts the years
pulling me into your arms
where we are lovers once more


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Christa Planko

branching winter frost
streaks down frozen window panes -
building vacated -
halls once alive with voices,
empty rooms warm with bodies


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Hannah Ottenfeld

all fear is gone
as we step onto the dock
staring out on the lake
a family of minnows
swim beneath our feet


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Jackie Maugh Robinson

old orange tabby
his Buddha green eyes gazing
oh I know he knows
when this life finally ends
roads traveled turn back once more


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Jackie Maugh Robinson

first letter

your empty armchair
silent as my reverie
firelight and shadows
playing upon mullioned panes
before the first glimpse of dawn

reply letter

coming down
with an ennui cold
broad sunbeams
break through heavy clouds
rain steams from my path


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MD Kerr

mud slides under ice
pollards finger the wet sky
your ghost-glove grips mine
stark willowherbs, snowing seed,
promise impossible heat


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Larry Smith

Sunlight fills the backyard
after a January freeze,
wind ripping the shrubs.
Common starlings defy their name
shine green-black, spangled white.


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Emily Bilman

The lake became the sea
The north wind striking the waves
On our dark shore
Beating the bare branches
against our frozen love


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Lorraine Cipriano

During red sweven
desire made him eloquent
confessing intent
existence of simple truths
our thoughts echo each other


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Lorraine Cipriano

Two planets align
blue moon playing hide and seek
visible all night
while the music of spheres plays
interstellar harmony


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Kevin Andersen

The coffin lid moves
After many years he wakes
only to meet death
The Earth nuked into ashes -
her life-blood drained by mankind


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Julie Corbett

Headstones tell stories
Names and dates and messages
Sometimes nothing else
But cut flowers can answer
The questions my grief asks here


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Russell Hemmell

Secrets unfolding
the moment your eyes open
- avalanche of worlds
my horizon set on fire
in fireflies and pulsing stars.


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Christa Planko

Watermarked by tears,
a story bleeds from my heart,
wrenched out unfinished --
Last kiss lingers on my lips
like words that remain unsaid


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Julie Center

Under the night’s sky
Give me away to the stars
A grandmother’s wish—
Tell them I am there with you
Each time you look to the sky


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Deborah Davitt

Crinkled paper heart,
pressed in a childhood album
words misty with years—
a human heart strains, afraid
of what might have, could have been.


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Lianne Kamp

Words sharp as hip bones
intentions tangled in limbs
we were lovers then
I can still hear the echoes
feel the heat against my skin


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Ray Spitzenberger

cracks between floor boards
cold wind-fingers slither in
logs in steel belly
rancher's near-frozen face thaws
warmth starts within, moves outward


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Tommasina Domel

winter is honest
though gentle spring may warm us
it cannot promise
life was never ours to keep
we return what we borrow


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Suzanne Cottrell

Deliberate footsteps
Tracing concentric circles
Seeking clarity
Listening to inner feelings
Meditate to nourish the soul


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Suzanne Cottrell

Sunshine warms the soil
Rains replenish lakes, rivers
Climatic changes
Fossil fuels, Greenhouse Effect
Irreversible damage


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Jackie Zedalis

A genuine soul
We hold hands as we're walking
The love of my life
I think back to when we met
I'm glad I gave love a chance


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Chasity Gaines

Babbling brook sings
Bloody waters; battlefield
Ode to darker days.
Dark red blood stains grassy banks
A new king crowned, blood stained sword


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Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo

in the cold kitchen
the first coffee
sip by sip
you warmed up the winter
with only a smile


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Gregory Massey

I sensed your presence
Like flowers await the rains
Tremble, ancient soul
All within me now anew
Just as in a time before.


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Jackie Walter

Yesterday I sat
At that transcendental time
Where our masks lifted
our leather smiles turned to scowls
where insomniacs wander


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Karen Edwards

Blue-eyed boy of three
his sweet giggle filled the room
till the icy pond
enticingly entrapped him
grief-stricken grandma still mourns


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Lynda McKinney Lambert

Indian summer sky
blazing crimson Impressions
Irreversible
old sumac trees blossoming
beside dusty country roads


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Frank Geurrandeno

I’m touching the roach
feeding on my silent voice.
The dancing Ash pile!
She likes the wintry, braindead
food for a celebration.


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Matthew Cowles

First Letter:
Lantern’s cold shadow
Frost sparkles muted moonlight
Ice melts, hearts beat
With match to cast the spark
Surely now; burn down the wall

Repy:
Snow swept winter plain
Velvet sun draped mountain top
Winds bite, Frost chills
Lighthouses don’t warm, they warn
Shoals and sharks within its gaze


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Maggie Warren

19 and hungry
swollen with violet dreams
your face drenched in loss
my heart is still your lighthouse
it just wants to guide you home


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Sydney Crews

cells become tissue
in the womb of a woman
birthed into this world
unwillingly put on earth
no one asks to be alive


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Angela Sargent

Debilitating
Your love freezes me in place
Until you decide
To toss crumbs of affection
You are unraveling me


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Bill Melton

gnarled twisted branches
handful of succulent pears
abandoned orchard
once tended by caring hands
now also twisted and gnarled


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Richard Anderson

nor’easter’s fury
blasts white across my back yard
then stops at midnight
storm’s last-gasp heard by none
plows bang to wake the undead


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Ryan Waters

Wearing grey veil,
Rewriting palimpsest sky,
The full moon splendor
Brings solace to sleep, to think
How crazy we all can be.


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Michael Flanagan

inhale peace
exhale turmoil and misery
moment by moment
the world plucks at my heart
leaving scars behind


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DJ Tyrer

Little boats bob towards Greece
A refugee tsunami
Hate, hope and chaos
No way of knowing outcome
Still the desperate set sail


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Susan Gentry

Time spent on water
effects body, soul and mind
sustains peacefulness
cleanses negativity
leaves us thirsty, wanting more


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