Issue 6
Issue 6




Suzanne Cottrell

Swinging their clasped hands
A romantic moonlight stroll
Their new beginning
Ocean waves washing away
Memories of past lovers


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Suzanne Cottrell

Grandmother’s treasure
Cream, peach cameo locket
Once loved remembrance
Laid in a pawn shop window
Succumbed to financial need


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Paul Wooldridge

My head aches from hours
Staring at a handheld screen
Nothing to see here
Distraction passes the time
Allows life to be ignored


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Ron. Lavalette

Silence at sunrise:
only the sound of breakers
—morning, lost in fog—
I am adrift on the shore
unable to set my sail


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Anna Cates

a fallen apple
asleep in the grass
first stars
how quiet the twilight
at harvest’s end


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Anna Cates

Christmas Eve
beneath the pear tree
a dead bluebird
outside the hospice
silhouettes and shadows


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Laurie Beringer

First Letter

Through blown pink blossoms
Gusts untangling night secrets
Hard buds underfoot -
Our fragrant dying still life
Falling together in bliss


Reply Letter

Kicking wind-ripped buds
Never to bloom yet we kissed
Blue starlight fading -
Golden reverie awakes
Beholds your splendor anew


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Susan Gentry

Swaying willow tree
weathering life's ups and downs
whispering prayers
singing each moment's lyrics
to the rhythm of our hearts


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Alex Douglas

Glorious, my star
Alone with me in the night
Cast off the shadows
As I rest safe in your arms
Protected until the dawn


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Cathy Bryant

Blue has spilled over
the hillside. Little bent bells
ring in the season.
A forest of your blue eyes.
My first smiles of Spring have bloomed.


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Elizabeth Tyrrell

Smelling of summer love
fresh grass and flowers,
noses kiss love,
friends fold into nothing,
together we sit alone.


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Rebecca Kane

world whitened with snow
trees now brides in frosted gowns
shadows morrow growth
strength in each winter's passing
our wedding day promises


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Thomas Locicero

She pocks the damp air
Reading Braille in the dewdrops
Her palm slippery
Reaching for the lightning strike
It ricochets off her hand


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Thomas Locicero

She taps the baton
The orchestra straightens up
Her posture perfect
She makes a frantic motion
Angels play the instruments


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Jackie Maugh Robinson

first letter
my garden
these late spring mornings
forget-me-nots
blooms and memories
more longing than bright

reply letter
nearer
your heart than your door
daisies
with my message for now
only "he loves me" petals


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Jakob Chapman

Duty is like dust--
dry disregarded fragments
I cannot quite grasp
the visible spec riding
life’s air-conditioned currents.


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Jakob Chapman

Remember the kiss--
your soft honeysuckle lips
apologizing
for being unexpected
and lingering for dessert.


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Jackie Maugh Robinson

sandals
by the open door
wanderlust
ignores the broom
sweeping needs


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Tiffany Taylor

Droplets dripping from
the rusting water spigot
alone, abandoned—
While a worn trail fades into
the distant jade horizon.


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Matthew Cowles

First cup, passes on
Yielding forth to the next
Depth of Grace's kiss
Flitting moment drawn of ease
Pours past and then on again


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Matthew Cowles

Sunrise radiance
Rapture on the spider's web
Cyclic Litany
In the murky brine of life
Sweet sorrow of graceful 'morn


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Averyll Mercer

September eighteenth:
Thought I would break when you held me
But leaving broke me
Into a thousand pieces
Of hard-earned glass-blown hearts


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Angela Sargent

Vibrant orange bloom
Drifts silently from its stem
Roots are now toxic
She starts to fade in the sun …
I know why she had to run.


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Zach Agnew

Crows gather in mass
To watch the coming sunrise,
As the light explodes
Dark wings take flight with purpose
Guiding forth a brand new day.


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Meghan Coates

Birdsong wakes me now
Instead of traffic alarms.
My bed, warm and soft,
Piled high with pillows, blankets--
But without you… so empty.


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Meghan Coates

I am not bleeding--
You kiss me like I’m dying
even so. No tears.
So strong, these crumbling facades.
But I still know you’re breaking.


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Michelle Holland

summer coat sleek grey
Peblita, eyes like Shiva,
toes small and tippy,
stares out from cool barn darkness
debates what carrots are worth


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Jody Larson

it's an odd feeling
yielding and firm all at once
your lips against mine
and my legs almost give way
yet I'm strong as a mountain


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Iris Lee

The Louvre echoes
with a hot dusty silence:
Paris in summer.
Even tourists have vanished
and the Tower looms, forlorn.


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Melissa Robinson

crocus emerges
cracks through thawing frosted ground
a widow’s first smile
beginning life with new eyes
finds the season beyond death


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Joseph J Kozma

One highway riding
On the back of another.
Deep blue horizon
Hoping for a miracle:
New sky way creation


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Bill Melton

glass of chardonnay
awaits as I try to form
a thought in my mind
then suddenly it's spilling
on the paper, through my pen


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Rachel Pond

his savory lips
colliding against my own
wholly enamored
tasting my next fifty years
unconditional promise


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Jodie Brown

Winters day is short
The temperatures are falling
I feel the crispness
in the air surrounding me
and breathe in deeply


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Mary Crane Fahey

Mourning's ragged depths
Tears well, spill over, bathing
Your grief, fierce and wild
Liquid sorrow, lamenting
Your heart's brokenheartedness


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Mary Crane Fahey

Scarlet red bee balm
Hummingbird hovers, perches
On spiky hairdos
Summoning the butterfly
And buzzing pollinator


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Adele Wegner

changing languages
we drank nectar from a vase
August sun’s amber
then embers – your fingerprint
on the glass, scintillating


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Adele Wegner

midnight a thick thud
on floorboards, silken dusk dropped
coldest ground – crescent
moonlight lost underwater
your voice farther and farther


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Christina Perry

Silken cords bind wrists
Invitation for struggle
Instead I submit—
The art of hidden beauty
Unfurls through gasps of desire


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Christina Perry

Beyond the hill’s crest
Morning’s faintest blush arrives
Soon you will waken
For now, shadows remain still
Even loons silence their calls


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Yvonne Vinstra

WHISPERING

Yet another rip
in ears of fading flowers
on my washed nightgown,
death’s whisper in the winter.
Arms of the gown cling to me.


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Zoe Nikolopoulou

darkness, do not part
gloom the ocean of this mind
stars, do not shine bright
bitter water, veil his life
suffocate my memory


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Kenzie McCurdy

The baby’s crying
again my window is closed
the rain coming strong
muffling the sound of her wails
maybe I should move again


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Heather Teague

Aphrodite fair
Before, I did curse your name.
Now, tender kisses
Grace my life. Your songbirds sing,
Filling my heart with sweet music.


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Jody Larson

rare steak and red wine
our camp not seen by rangers
Lamb’s Canyon, hiding,
pines whispering about us
the creek keeping our secrets


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Leon Coningham

I heard the fledgling
Clumsily hit the window
Confused in a daze
I heard your heart beating fast
first flight leaves me in a trance


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Lianne Kamp

fall trees line our path
lacy bones against the sky
we stir up the past
our feet shuffling the leaves
echoing through the seasons


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Angela Sargent

Her postings pregnant
With unfulfilled promises
New allies daily...
Shame came for her when they saw
Her lover was my husband.


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Grace Neff

Hypnotized by hue
Smoldering essence of life
Burning up slowly
Consuming love for warmth
Passionate glow of the night


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Roxana Lopez

Your eyes upon me,
My heart aching for your love
Empty hope is mine
Because mine you'll never be
Want is all that remains here


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Chanacee Ruth-Killgore

paper wings flutter,
bright tulle twirls round and around,
laughter fills the air...
glitter trickles to the floor
to fly was more than a dream


Response:

strong hands reaching high,
spinning, making memories
little girls change you
making boys into fathers
turning shadows into light


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