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Issue 14



Authors

Aldridge, Bobby
Booth, Lea
Bounds, Sandra
Buckles, Sissy
Burton, Travis
Daemon, Daun
Davis, Kellen
Davis, Sydney
Dow, Jean Hagert
Edwards, David
Einspanier, Elizabeth
Evans, David
Fuchs, Anthony J
Galef, David
Gilmer, Monty
Hanson, Christopher Kenneth
Hawkhead, John
Head, Beverly
Higgins, Rada
Iuppa, M.j.
Jones, Gary
Larnerd, Frank
May, Nancy
Mccluskey, Eileen
Melton, Bill
Melvin, John
Orr Stone, Mauri
Pedraza, Miguel
Remy, Sabine
Rhodes, Daniel
Schmidt, Wendy
Sharp, Cynthia
Shropshire, Nikki
Spencer, T.f.
Traub, Terra
Wasilewski, Nells
West, Tyson




Beverly Head



sunflower's bent head
seeds scatter with abandon
cold winds herald fall




John Melvin



See them our meanings.
Clouding, crystalline. Living
heat spoken so brief.




John Melvin



Old Winter's brooding
nonchalance, assuming our
subjection to night.




Sabine Remy



Inky endless dark
Specks of light peek through the cloak
The heavens' beacon




Rada Higgins



fish, afloat on ice,
amazed at having landed
on a vendor's cart




Mauri Orr Stone



Leaves lose their lushness
Loosening their lustrous hold
Prey to fall's fierce winds




Mauri Orr Stone



Trees each take their turn
To cover the ground's bareness
Its comforting quilt




Mauri Orr Stone



A lone killdeer's laugh
Shatters fall's orange-gray night sky
Letting cold seep in




Miguel Pedraza



She's the most vivid
blur I've had the chance to love.
I focus on her.




Christopher Kenneth Hanson



A tall oak tree sighs
The roots lap up rain water
Gentle leaves fall free.




Bill Melton



A bolt of lightning
Reminds me so much of life
A flash and then gone




Bill Melton



Broken wing hangs low
Dove watches the flock in flight
With longing and fear




David Edwards



puddle of Slushies
drying on Summer sidewalk
ten lethargic bees




David Edwards



finally the face
in the mirror is not mine
empty whiskey glass




Cynthia Sharp



breathe reverently
in the misty afternoon
autumn's inner light




Kellen Davis



stars pulling their bright
covers over the hopeless
dreamflowers in bloom




Gary Jones



A pillow of fog
gently pressed the hurried port
A town drops anchor




Eileen McCluskey



A line of pine trees
bends in another blizzard,
wide boughs low with snow.




Eileen McCluskey



Praying as I hike
my shadow caresses long
reeds on riverbank.




Sissy Buckles



Eros Hotel, where
your whistling became bird songs
outside our window.




Sissy Buckles



Cruising in ragtop,
over my shoulder unfurls
a gold satin sail.




Terra Traub



Red leaves blow across
Iron bars and plastic swings
Falling into cries




Nancy May



The empty bench sits
In memorandum of those
Happy summer days




Sandra Bounds



Wisteria blooms
like a purple waterfall
cascading beauty




John Hawkhead



stolen rowboat at midnight,
her fingers trailing
through reflected stars




Nancy May



A drop of sunshine
falls from the weeping sun down
to the dying earth




Daun Daemon



sheets stir in the breeze
mother laughing in linens
a moment alone




Daun Daemon



cat sleeping in sun
soft fur slicked with blood of prey
sweet feral dreaming




Elizabeth Einspanier



Like a splash of ink
Black against the parchment sky
The raven flies past.




Frank Larnerd



Teasing red-haired girl
Bite your goddamn lip once more
And there'll be trouble




Nells Wasilewski



mermaid swims the sea
where pirates hear her calling
from the depth of dreams




Jean Hagert Dow



swinging on long rope
high above the bales of straw
laughing, jump, drop, fun




T.F. Spencer



yeah, law gonna change
the bus routes, ebony strength
booms in that white court




Daniel Rhodes



stop and speak to me
moth fluttering in my home
we both are lonely




Monty Gilmer



Twelfth day of Christmas.
Among twelve drummers drumming
was one little boy.




David Galef



Concrete pillars gird
bridges over former fields:
rice sacks filled with sand.




Tyson West



on the cluttered desk
silent in eraser dust
lie the finest words




Bobby Aldridge



Frankly, primroses
simply lack the ambition
to lead the garden.




Sandra Bounds



Skillful fisherman
the patient white heron waits
just biding its time




Anthony J Fuchs



Anna's hummingbird
beating insubstantial wings
defies gravity




Anthony J Fuchs



January rose
blooms in ice and bitter light
winter miracle




Anthony J Fuchs



Aurora rising
snowlight over burning hills
through bedroom windows




Lea Booth



apple on the ground
under the spent tree; stem leads
to its cracked, dry seeds.




Wendy Schmidt



Souls do not linger.
Love illuminates the way,
to heaven's embrace.




Wendy Schmidt



She swears a blue streak,
wears diamonds and boxer shorts,
and takes her Scotch neat.




Sydney Davis



walking the shoreline
i find a conch shell to hear
leave - it pleads to me




Travis Burton



A poem of God's
Dog-eared and crooked lettered
Feels misunderstood.




David Evans



Mountain storm passes
His heart flies north seeking it
His only sorrow




M.J. Iuppa



Snow's bright elegance
resolves a barren landscape
until it dissolves




Nikki Shropshire



Darkness deep in rest.
Predawn hum of ceiling fan,
above the silence.