Issue 2
Issue 2




Nells Wasilewski

You smile--our eyes meet
I have known you all my life
stranger in the park
sparks as old as time ignite
the flame of love at first sight


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Nells Wasilewski

Golden prairie grass
I see your long blond tresses
your voice on the breeze
as soft as secret love words
another day of longing


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Colin W. Campbell

remember beaches
and fine condominiums
beautiful people
can splash their airs and graces
in the flotsam of the sea


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Lewis Baxter

Leaving the cocoon,
When does the caterpillar
Know its life has changed?
Ponds reflect the cygnet, swan--
We look into others' eyes.


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Bill Melton

sharp acrid wood smoke
wafts around a plodding mule
grinding sugar cane
hornets fly from far away
drawn to the smell of sweet juice


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Bill Melton

a front porch swing sways
as a creaking rusty chain
slowly oscillates
crickets sing in harmony
things seen and heard, never told


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Christa Planko

A whirlwind romance--
an emotional typhoon--
sweeping winds of change,
and as quickly lovers drift,
riding tomorrow's tempest.


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Jackie Maugh Robinson

fat sleepy puppy
has he a Buddha nature?
doesn't want to know
why or how he's a puppy
but knows he wants to be loved


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Jackie Maugh Robinson

gilded autumn moon
compelling the tide, the tide
dares stars to follow
waves rushing from shore rushing
to lift the sun from the sea


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Charmaine Chircop

first cherry blossom

withering away too soon

under the old tree

Her lone footprints mark wet soil

by the little pink casket


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Charmaine Chircop

last flutter of wings

'neath a circle of twelve stars

as sanctions persist

bald eagle feeds on monarchs

to poke blood thirsty snow bear


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Lily Li

Neat stacks of papers
Steaming coffee, a pastry
Mere comfort objects
Distracting from aroma
Of that jacket and cologne


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Maryam Qureshi

Exit of the Sun
Leaves behind an empty sky
To be taken up
By beautiful silver moon
Advent of the starry night


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David Edwards

Broken window panes...
peeling paint... unhinged door frames
vacant homes reveal
so much in decrepitude
like prosperity now lost.


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Ana Drobot

holding daffodils
much tighter in my bouquet
under the sunset
I use again the same blue
for painting the sea and sky


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Clarise Samuels

clown on a tightrope
leaning wildly to one side
with red, painted grin;
perilous balancing act
one shaky foot at a time.


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Clarise Samuels

too easy to drift
in this murky universe;
these are strange forces
attempting to distract me,
melting momentarily.


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Vincent Francone

When we then depart
After too soon spent evenings,
My hands are useless–
Inadequate they become
Alone without you to touch.


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Nicoly Santos

Before I could swim,
I drowned. Underneath the waves,
I saw a light shine.
I thought it was heaven. Then,
I realized it was you.


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Nicoly Santos

Lightning used to be
My worst fear, until you took
Me dancing during
Thunderstorms. Now, my worst fear
Is losing you to the storms.


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Susan Gentry

reach for phone daily
eyes tear because you passed on
appreciation
memories bring peace within
mother's love a constant gift


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Robert Hansen

Your letter arrives
with news of your departure.
My tears stain the page.
The envelope is crisp, new
but the old stamp was priceless.


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Tracy Davidson

breaking this silence
the soft slap of waves on shore
a shriek of seagulls
how time slips through my fingers
as swiftly as grains of sand


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Tracy Davidson

the indentation
of your head on my pillow
I breathe in the scent
our night of wild-eyed passion
left behind on satin sheets


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Alexandra Heep

Velvet night sky shows
vastness of the universe
as my mind wonders
about man's significance
twinkling stars speak their own code.


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Alexandra Heep

Soft sand at the beach
cushions man's weary footsteps
unaware that he
treads upon the tender life
among the crystalline bits.


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Kate LaDew

the snow falls, dusting
us like candy, we look up,
searching for silver
linings, but there are no clouds,
nothing but us anywhere


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Lee Evans

Asphalt and concrete.
Developers have conquered
And laid waste the land.
This dandelion presses
Through a crack in the sidewalk.


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Lucy Ryan

stand under sunlight
like your skin could catch fire
when gods are waking
for this body you offer
- a vessel for the divine


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Stuart Kurtz

Curious pug there
Too big for this studio
Extends his domain
Into the bright balcony
Railings can't hold such spirit


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Eric Bonholtzer

First Letter

Its beauty is in its austerity

A room so cool and plain

That one part is indistinguishable

From what comes next

A room of utter light and beauty

Reply Letter

Out a window one can see the ocean

Tranquil waves lap like thoughts

Of beauty and grace as I too watch

From that window looking in

My thoughts become clear


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Mary Gunn

First Letter
you brightened my day
like morning rays of sunshine
my heart now lighter–
apart but not forgotten
longing to see you again

Reply Letter
pleasant memories
of meeting you last summer
music in your voice–
some paths are destined to cross
my heart is all a-flutter


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Clarise Samuels

where were you just then?
you flew away to a realm
filled with enchantment–
you said you're a bad wizard;
you're not anything at all.


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Marilyn Fleming

long-legged shadows
tiptoeing on pine needles
a splash of moonlight
over the gorge– a swing bridge
you and I hang suspended


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Marilyn Fleming

old maw of the sea
stealing riches from upstream
another deluge
eroding faith leaves gouges
my defenseless roots laid bare


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Lois Battersby

Empty cocoon shell
Butterfly wings freed, unfurl
My child emerges
Embracing her adult life
To seek out life's sweet nectar


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Dennis Lowe

three cypresses grow
where the water meets my home
bats inhabit one
an owl visits another
the third gives voice to the wind


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Melissa Patterson

orange-breasted bird
wings rapidly beat the air
my camera captures
a few shots in between
me sipping my hot tea.


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Ana Drobot

I whisper
the lyrics of forever young
a lovers' statuette
frozen in an embrace
on this Montparnasse grave


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