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Issue 12



Authors

Antebi, Debbi
Artinian, Boghos
Barron, Phillip
Bounds, Sandra
Brewer, Joshua
Caseros, Jack
Chodzinski, Kevin
Davis, Kellen
Dow, Jean Hagert
Gilmer, Monty
Greene, Robin
Hanson, Christopher Kenneth
Harringer, Talon
Huffman, A.j.
Johnson, Micki
Jones, Grahame
May, Nancy
Mcgovern, Mac
Mckinley, Joseph
Melton, Bill
Orr Stone, Mauri
Pella, Patricia
Salik, Shawn
Smothers, Shirley
Steele, Craig
Streur, Russell
Wildman, Katherine
Willis, Brad
Zhou, Andrew
Znaidi, Ali




A.J. Huffman



Staring mindlessly
at walls. Aimless and surreal.
Insomnia stinks.




Patricia Pella



night watch at Dover-
with celestial honor guard
a soldier comes home




Jean Hagert Dow



brown tick mania
little tickles on my neck
I slap in alarm




Bill Melton



Careful what you think
Don't mnistake your opinion
For that of the truth




Jack Caseros



The sun always shines
When you live with open eyes.
Someday you will see.




Brad Willis



Without a shadow
Creating how time can slow
A dragonfly's wing.




Boghos Artinian



clattering dentures
loosely chew walnuts and speak
I dodge wet shrapnel




Phillip Barron



Winter play turns sharp
Paring windburned skin from stone
In the June-melt creek




Katherine Wildman



Smoke escapes his lips
Dead air floats on his soft breath
But hear his eyes smile




Katherine Wildman



Star Spangled Banner
Belted between their beer gulps
Plastered patriots




Micki Johnson



The road stretches out,
like a shimmering ribbon.
Where will it take me?




Micki Johnson



Bright tulips stand guard,
like obedient soldiers,
saluting the sun.




Shawn Salik



Loneliness aches like
Physical pain. Time heals wounds,
Scars last a lifetime.




Ali Znaidi



some Spanish apples
on a Tunisian stall
lost in translation




Ali Znaidi



this morning thick clouds
shrouded the pure crystal sky
mourning morning sun




Ali Znaidi



delicate dawn dew
warmed by the glowing sunlights
Aurora's face shone




Joshua Brewer



lightning barked an elm
woodborer victim of old
survivor of blight




Grahame Jones



The cat sunbathes on
the fence waiting for his lunch:
only his ears move.




Monty Gilmer



The year tends toward Spring?
Snowy desolation! Days
lengthen, cold strengthens.




Monty Gilmer



The bluebird carries
the sky, the daily bread of
the eyes, on his back.




Monty Gilmer



Relax, dust bunnies.
I housekeep casually,
just as Issa did.




Russell Streur



Winter storm blows days
Green waves crashing on black rocks
Ghosts dance like crazy




Russell Streur



Hawk circles hours
Above Johns Peak He can't find
The way down either




Kevin Chodzinski



You didn't answer
Cause you were sleeping around
Goodbye you sheeba




Joseph McKinley



A million monkeys
Typewriters at the ready:
Blizzard of genius?




Christopher Kenneth Hanson



As winter snow falls
Ice water drips through green light
A marigold wilts.




Patricia Pella



child's first rain puddle
splashing giggles and ripples
feeling her power




Robin Greene



Blank, white legal pad,
tall pine trees sway in summer,
love yourself, I say.




Andrew Zhou



Wheat sways with the wind
Leaves rustle and move around
It is harvest time




Shirley Smothers



One of the homeless
Do not pretend I'm not here
You may join me soon.




Christopher Kenneth Hanson



By jade stone statues
Noon day rain falls quick in shade
Palm trees cover paths.




Mauri Orr Stone



sizzling summer streets
one searches shade where one can
and prays for a breeze




Mauri Orr Stone



high cumulus cloud
upside-down cooling geyser
distills quenching rains




Mauri Orr Stone



cicada singing
is silenced at sun's setting
quiet commences




Nancy May



Applauding thunder
Greets strong winds in pursuit of
Full garden hazard




Kellen Davis



a falling snowstar:
another, then another--
I wish for flowers




Craig Steele



Nana's patchwork quilt --
each piece carefully stitched in
for memory's sake




Craig Steele



playful autumn breeze
chases me around and round
the burning leaf pile




Craig Steele



gritty brown water --
honks of Canada geese splash
into the farm pond




Bill Melton



Writing freezes time
A moment that will live on
When the writer dies




Bill Melton



For I am a taw
Watching what is happening
Inside the circle




Sandra Bounds



Joy, simple and huge,
flows like a slow, warm river,
from a thankful heart




Sandra Bounds



Brisk breeze of Autumn
slides through an open window
with hint of Winter




Debbi Antebi



leaves changing color -
promises made in summer
now dry up and fade




Debbi Antebi



the end of summer -
dried roses from our first date
have lost all their scent




Mac McGovern



leaves fall like soft rain
thick upon the ground they lay
protecting their roots




Mac McGovern



awaiting the day
eight minutes its journey takes
bathing earth in light




Mac McGovern



when the sun shines bright
warmth and comfort calm masses
nature's sedative




Christopher Kenneth Hanson



By this bamboo thatch
Rainbow light roams underneath
Gulls caw in the sea.




Talon Harringer



howling winter wind
beckons the beaming full moon
calls of spirit wolves