Issue 5
Issue 5




Tom Sacramona

my gnawed bleached bones
scattered full transformation
predator to prey
play to the nature of things
jump headlong into the moon

Tom Sacramona and Joanna Dibble


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Joe Roberts

From my patio
Your silhouette in moonlight
Stirring within me
Memories of our first kiss
Yesterday so close tonight


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Julie Dickson

Silent heat, heavy
stagnantly weighted stillness
cut by blades of air,
pensive propellers whirring,
a most pleasant blur of breeze.


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Sandra Kolankiewicz

Alone at dawn, we
stood beneath the flickering
street light, not wanting
to be seen together nor
to part from one another


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Anna Cates

luminous snowfall
feeding the ocean's wail
as dusk deepens
we cannot turn back
standing at world's end


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Bobby Aldridge

Unexpectedly
I smell the fragrant roses
wafting in the breeze.
I try not to wake you up,
I'm supposed to be sleeping.


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Patricia Rossi

billowing white clouds
pasted to blue velvet sky
rumbles of thunder
glorious day surrenders
blackening heavens emerge


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Lianne Kamp

baby born in silence
mother leaves the hospital
crushed under the weight
of daffodils in her arms
and sunlight on her forehead


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Lorraine Cipriano

Flirting with the crowd
frolicking in the moment
dancing for her life
leaving the crowd so dazzled
wildly bright as a sunburst


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Jackie Maugh Robinson

birds fall from the sky
nothing to do about it
winds blow where they will
chance meeting beneath the stars
Love...everything about it


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Mary Catherine Harper

Yes, people suffer
here, the homeless, the Other,
human scraps, bodies
of the poor multiplying
faster than loaves and fishes.


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Martin Ryan

Warm eyes and cool hair
kind of heart, pure of spirit,
All you desired
was your children's happiness
and quiet life. Rest in peace.


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Dennis Maulsby

Swirls of red-brown leaves,
man and mare silent, supple.
Slate hoofs clip black rock.
Muscles ripple, fire-dance
through storm-inspired tallgrass.


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Kate Alsbury

Leaves drift aimlessly
through field and forest alike
November mountains
ignore thankless holidays
We clutch them ever dearer


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Nells Wasilewski

having lunch with you
weak tea-strong conversation
a teacup shatters
you left and never looked back
who will pick up the pieces


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Susan Gentry

Buried in backyard,
or swept underneath the rug,
closet skeletons
and living room elephants,
truths needed for sanity


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Kristyl Gravina

The scent of the earth
after a night of raining
the skies bright and clear
as sunshine lights the new day
the world is alive again


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James Andersen

Waves carry softly
across the treacherous deep
your midnight message
with two lonely hearts waiting
watching a starry sky fade


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James Andersen

Chilly water runs
down Lonely Mountain Valleys
wrinkled fingers touch
warm lips beneath crystal skies
meeting in translucent pools.


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Eve Chilicas

December's harsh smile,
entrapping snow, falling hard,
twinkling diamonds
a crystalline wonderland
glimmering in the soft sun.


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Christa Planko

Rich autumn bonfire
ignites beneath starless sky
lovers' combustion
heated clash spiraling smoke
as passion smolders - snuffed out


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Deborah Davitt

The sepia past
rushes toward chrome futures;
the present's a blur,
between red-shift memory
and violet dawn's approach.


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Patricia Pella

I hear morning rain
whisper softly to the earth
'I will nourish you'
I look up for the blessing
that will wash away my tears


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Mary Crane Fahey

Inevitable
Tears well, spill over, bathing
Your grief, fierce and wild,
In liquid sorrow, mourning
Your heart's brokenheartedness.


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Lorraine Cipriano

Manifestation
of abundance in all forms
beauty of goddess
the act of awakening
like rose petals at her feet


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Suzanne Cottrell

Forsaken lovers
Reminders scratching at hearts
Hoping scars will heal
Forget the past, moving on
Begin with a glance then smile


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Kelly Sauvage Angel

fervent sweet nothings
ooze across telephone lines
such need and longing
renders the old-time handset
quite sticky against my ear


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Maryam Qureshi

Calm night of winter
Snowy trees standing kindly
Under pale moonlight
Are souls of the pious saints
Paying divine reverence


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Jody Larson

Waves of your kisses
Wash over me, pressing like
The incoming tide–
Strong enough to take me down,
Dragging away my resolve.


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Angela Sargent

Soul-tired, my words drained
Ashes fall from dusty lips
Hot eyelids bore holes
We have burned another bridge
Soil settles into our wake


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Sandra Wells

Buried deep inside,
hibernating for too long
a warm human voice
awakens me from slumber
enticing me to break free.


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Candice Kelsey

First Letter

Like the ocean's skin
A woven tapestry lies
Draped over my house –
A dreamy nautical scene
Waves purring at the hearth-stone


Reply Letter

I drove by to see
But heard the tiger's heartbeat
Panting from behind –
I tried to reach out slowly
And cut myself on your fang


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Tim Kiely

First Letter

Deep morning – I heard
your footsteps sounding the dark.
Like a broken twig
telling softly of your flight;
now my bed fills with silence.


Reply Letter

I became the air
either side of those footsteps –
stopping of the heart,
then the promise of freedom.
‘Flight’ – the word is well-chosen.


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Laurie Beringer

First Letter

Hallowed by your eyes
Morning light calls forth fresh awe
Resplendent with love -
Remembering our gazes
Chills then warms me with new life


Reply Letter

Arising from sleep
Thoughts fly to our first embrace
How we gazed then kissed -
Will you return with me there
To our soft private darkness?


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J.R. Bournville

First Letter

Your innocent blush
A sight to stir this old heart
Breaking my resolve
Compelled to this heinous act
While drinking in your beauty


Reply Letter

Seductive whispers
Hot breath caressing my neck
Igniting my soul
Promising eternity
As my life is burnt away


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Clarise Samuels

muted history
dwells in caverns and treetops
monsters and dragons–
more dream than reality
attempting to conquer you.


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Linda Sacco

First Letter

I saw butterflies,
your hand in mine as we strolled.
Clouds littered gray skies.
We never noticed the rain
as love bloomed under the trees.


Reply Letter

Your smile follows me,
imprinted like tattooed ink.
Cold windows reflect
rain, snow, hail, lightning...and you.
Umbrella ready for more.


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Tim Dadswell

Skipping muntjac fawn
Out of place in our small town
Dancing through my dreams
I worry you're easy prey
But I'm as fragile as you.


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Maddie Godfrey

darling, look at you
wearing your grandmother's smile
like a vintage dress
heritage is a wardrobe
an open mouth of memory


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Rachel Pond

two lovers merging
gently under moonlit skies
a stolen moment
ignites flames in their souls
once upon a reverie


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Zach Agnew

Crimson skies glow bright,
A picture of perfection
Doomed to fade away.
Hopeless rays tremble in fear,
As shadows consume the light.


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