Issue 4
Issue 4




Bobby Aldridge

Tiny frogs jump
from dark and rainy roadways
to strike passing cars

I hear the popcorn popping
and remember Florida


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Patricia Rossi

whispering voices
glorious apparitions
spirit awakens
peacefully you slipped away
yet undeniably here


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Clarise Samuels

floating on a shell
on my way to Camelot;
I loved Lancelot
because Arthur, the Sun King
blinded with his perfection.


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Stephanie De Haven

I heard music in
every word you spoke. And you?
You seem deaf to it.
My love, Your words are music
that dances us to heaven.


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Mark Volz

Mid-morning stillness
Emerging sun rays through clouds
Due swept trees waiting
Capturing streaming breezes
Motioning incoherence


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Thomas Clark

Midnight, bright moonlight
Combs my hair with memories
Of days without you
Wandering on old back roads
Vainly searching for your smile


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Nikki Anne Schmutz

Light Switch by Nikki Anne Schmutz

Deep in my abyss
I alone dwelt in darkness
Unable to love
Until in my heart I found
Love for self turned on the light


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Susan Gentry

Animated birds
serenade spring morning walks
mixed with melodies
of onomatopoeia
delightful to human ears


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Robert Walton

A crow fell from cliffs
Where granite, wind and snow work
Against each other.
Within dawn a fleck of night
Slides down northwall snow


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Michael Griffith

That tear in my eye
That quiver in your sweet voice
Night gathers near us
We realize time's harsh nature
Time is flying away now

My raw throat catches
I cannot say it well now
A breeze is blowing
The petals of the lily
My quiet shaking sorrow


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Maryam Qureshi

Very peaceful night
Reflection of the bright moon
On the distant stream...
Is appearance of fair lady
In the plain silver mirror


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Anna Cates

a horned lark's
tinkling call
orange moon
almost full
of August


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Anna Cates

wind storm
a single shingle
lands in the grass
how everything crumbles
piece by piece


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Michael Griffith

Air raid sirens blare
Death rains down upon London
A city in fear
Children gather up the bricks
Ghosts follow silent and sad


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Michael Griffith

Main Street at midnight
Coffee still on our warm breath
Kisses like fire
Conversations remembered
Memories meant to be kept


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Lorraine Cipriano

Invoking powers
of the Indian spirits
benevolent friends
from another space and time
in this tapestry of life


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Nells Wasilewski

Two angels at rest
tripping through innocent minds
princess dresses and playtime
little ones nestled in dreams
protected by God above.


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Nells Wasilewski

There in the moonlight
A song hovers on my lips
Dreams of you woke me
I stand staring through the night
Trying to make sense of it


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Lorraine Cipriano

Wrapped up in the night
soft kisses with crimson lips
rosary beads gone
a revised book of prayer
written between us


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Randall Herman

grabbing stones
from the beach or the park
I struggle
to hold onto them
as I do memory


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Michael Thatcher

Lost in darkest days

my soul wounded, cries in pain

Lost and desperate

I feel your hand inside mine

and I know I'm not alone


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Jonathan Kurtz

Worn lungs stop heaving;
The center of my chest falls;
Endorphins racing;
Dubiety releasing;
Admitting a new feeling.


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Liam Strong

Do not stay there, cold
and bitten by the wind's lashes,
because she said to wait,
the sun blinding and the snow
contracted to your thin shoes.


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Susan Gentry

Natural calmness
is available worldwide
and cost effective
take time daily as needed
enjoying God's creations


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Mary Crane Fahey

Daffodils

Daffodils, smudges
Of yellow blooming sturdy
Through spring's first whispers
Splintering winter darkness
Welcome burgeoning shards of light


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Deborah Davitt

My dad called his suit
marrying-and-burying;
he didn't wear it
when I wed, and hospitals
don't allow such dignity.


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Deborah Davitt

The crow on the fence
croaks, its voice ungentle, harsh;
swallows carrion.
Yet there is beauty in its
necessity, and its strength.


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Eve Chilicas

The starry eyed moon
is glancing within her eyes
twilight is her song
she is a dreamy flower
filled with such light and wisdom.


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Angela Sargent

Wooden jewel box
You made for me that Christmas
Distance between us
Encouraged by wicked hands
Not those of your carpentry.


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Lynette Esposito

The river flows down

a long rock-lined bank seeking

earth's open sea mouth.


I, like a stranger on shore,

pause, lips parted, as if to drink.


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Lynette Esposito

Blue black wallpaper

bruises the wall with color

that splits the half mind.


I slip through the open door,

kiss free air, float, quick, away


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Angela Sargent

My Home smells silent
No cooking and no flowers
The husband is gone
Both my boys are in college
So it goes...from Home to house.


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Herb Kauderer

Autumn leaves scream out
turning blood red in death throes
not so different
from the French guillotine, with
audience just as admiring.


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Teddy Kimathi

amber river
smoke signals new birth
coming forth
the midwife is unseen
in the vast nursery


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Lianne Kamp

The lake holds its breath
between inhale and exhale
we are in stillness
dragonflies skim the water
ripples begin once again


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Lianne Kamp

our voyage begins
with footprints found in the mist
carried off by birds
the only course for certain
is a flight around the sun


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Maryam Qureshi

Delights of Autumn
Devastating and fragile
Company of trees
Are busy merrymaking
In an old house balcony


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Pat Tompkins

on slender stems
a circle of pink rosebuds
opens in the vase:
a moment of harmony
among the corps de ballet


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Bill Melton

cows nod sleepily
under oak trees gentle shade
then a silent call
milking time has just arrived
slowly rise in unison


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Bill Melton

lifetime of hard work
etched in the dark ruched skin
a leathery face
with serenity that glows
from honesty and calmness


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Woody Evans

Sheila's gangplank sagged.
I walked it and fell into
that icy sea-slush.
She lowered no rope for me.
I built a cabin down deep.


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Nicholas DAngelo

Beyond Anger
Literal drive to hate
Untamed and free
Living a dream of destruction
Burying all chance of hope


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Bobby Aldridge

The evergreens wait
alone on the mountainside
knowing fall will come
dressed up in their summer clothes
they still court, as in their youth.


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Jackie Maugh Robinson

spring does
its bulbing push-ups
poet narcissus
proud among the stones
of rubbled cottage walls


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Elaine Wirta

Passage

The tunnel beneath
The Detroit River carries
Cars in its belly
Just as you tumble inside
Me ready to see the light



Volume 2

The book is closed now
But wonder simmers inside
I wait for someone
To open up my shelter
And allow temptation in


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