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Issue 17



Authors

Billings, Trey
Brown, Susan
Campbell, Colin
Campbell, Dan
Danielson, Ryan
Davis, Kathryn
Donnelly, Joe
Edwards, David
Elliott, Daniel
Elson, Doug
Franco Fatzinger, Ines
Gearhart, Gordon
Goldfarb, Reuven
Hanson, Christopher Kenneth
Hivner, Christopher
Howell, Traci
Huffman, A.j.
Macaodha, Aine
Melton, Bill
Mueter, John
Orr Stone, Mauri
Patterson, Melissa
Remer, Alexander
Richardson, David
Roberts, Joseph
Sharma, Ekartha
Smothers, Shirley
Spina, Danny
Steele, Craig
West, Tyson




Christopher Hivner



sun beaming brightly
shines through my office window
I ride the beam home




Christopher Hivner



my work is finished
latter part of day remains
the sun holds me close




Joseph Roberts



Chalked on the sidewalk
hopscotch boxes just waiting
for the child in me




Joseph Roberts



Old mining cabin
succumbing to time's passage
with its memories




Joseph Roberts



Desert darkness falls
wrapped up in my sleeping bag
lost among the stars




Ryan Danielson



The robin, hopping,
peers over its grey wing as
the spring sun departs.




Kathryn Davis



Tiny green bugs crawl
on me they seem to gather
Quickly - brush them off




Traci Howell



Made for Allegiance
Lust and Adoration for
The One in my Heart




Ines Franco Fatzinger



Your eyes haunt my dreams
Your kiss is all I wish for
Your love fills my heart




Ines Franco Fatzinger



Pretending you?re here
Praying you are safe and sound
Please return to me




Gordon Gearhart



Plain white office walls
leave much to be desired.
My eyes paint pictures.




Gordon Gearhart



Looming black storm clouds
rattle the small quiet town-
bullies in the sky




Traci Howell



Bright lights in the sky
Twinkle against the asphalt-
Sharing the summer




Traci Howell



Roses on the wall
Blossoming from the buds, they
Stretch out to the sun




Melissa Patterson



She holds her mother's
hand, strokes it, and wishes for
how she use to be.




Danny Spina



The Sun gives the sign
The Moon's everlasting chill
All is set in place.




Ekartha Sharma



Silent in the night
leave no footprints in the snow
stealthily hunting




Ekartha Sharma



Sleeping through the day
swoops out of the snowy night
by watch of the moon




Aine MacAodha



constant summer rain
tap tap tap on laurel leaf ?
my constant critic




Craig Steele



sagging silken web
bridges the gap between trees--
breeze rocks my hammock




Shirley Smothers



The criticisms
Crash down on me like thunder
Must endure the storms




David Richardson



Across a calm lake
Towing a wedge of ripples
One green-headed duck.




A.J. Huffman



Sandcastle learning.
Vision can be constructed,
but nature consumes.




A.J. Huffman



Fahrenheit rises.
Waveless sand glistens, negates
trespass of bare feet.




Colin Campbell



south china sea hears
songs of everlasting peace
between hurricanes




Colin Campbell



palm fronds now trembling
do they welcome the west wind
or smell winter snow




Christopher Kenneth Hanson



Bright white moon still climbs
Green fishing boats line the shore
Blue waves crash nearby.




Susan Brown



Hooking silver spin
Barnacles flowering rose
Tall grass school splashing




Trey Billings



Sweat drops down my sides
With Basho in hand I drift
Atop sun-filled streams




Dan Campbell



opening the door
little one's laughter I hear-
a father's reward




Trey Billings



The steep mountain road
Bears the weight this dogged day
That clings to my crawl




Bill Melton



Touch a touch-me-not
And see how it gets its name
Nature does not lie




Bill Melton



Listen to the sigh
Of wind among the treetops
What has it just lost




David Edwards



Bugs scurry across
sidewalks, changing direction
my absent footsteps




John Mueter



Antique Chinese bowl -
Kangxi - three hundred years old.
Now it holds loose change.




John Mueter



Imari teapot -
Shattered! ten pieces, well-glued.
How fragile the world.




Reuven Goldfarb



On cold curbs and walls,
the alley cats are crouching,
hunched up in their furs.




Christopher Kenneth Hanson



Crisp rain water falls
Into a brown wood bucket
Tea leaves soak inside.




Doug Elson



Wild dandelion
beneath snowy winter field
do you dream of spring?




Doug Elson



Heat lightning drifts by,
riding on the gentle winds,
to meet the full moon.




Joe Donnelly



Gourmet gas stations
Take all kinds of customers
To make it unique




Joe Donnelly



They are on all night
And sleep throughout the day time
Waiting for people




Alexander Remer



Electron cloud grape
skins ever ripe, bursting in
to reality.




Daniel Elliott



Genetic code runs
Spring blue jay feels free to fly
What else could she do?




Daniel Elliott



post card from loved one
faint moon in afternoon sky
heart warms, mind lingers




Tyson West



sharp rocked river bank
blackberry thorns scratch the sky
ducklings sculpt smooth glass




Shirley Smothers



Hollow victory
Got to the top of my field
Lost my family




Mauri Orr Stone



wasps and hummingbirds
spar in contentious battle
for sugar water




Mauri Orr Stone



bright colors proclaim
it's time to harvest the fruit
precious pinks and reds




Mauri Orr Stone



relentless blue sky
arid blows in the west wind
another drought day