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Issue 18



Authors

Anderson, Sharla
Barry, Stephen
Coffield, Kris
Daemon, Daun
Danielson, Ryan
Edwards, David
Elson, Doug
Ferguson, Stephanie
G, Lisa
Giri, Mahima
Grisetti, Joann
Guggenheim, Herb
Han, John
Hanson, Christopher Kenneth
Harmon, Tiffany
Jordan, Jack
Kavanaugh, David
Khan, Yasmin
Leipelt, Brendan
Manus, Grady
Marbut, Damon
May, Nancy
Mccormick, Antoinette
Medsker, Joshua
Melton, Bill
Orr Stone, Mauri
Philbin, Grant
Pollard, James
Remer, Alexander
Roberts, Joseph
Seattle, Charley
Slaten, Daniel
Steele, Craig
Thompson, Daniel
Witt, Justin




Yasmin Khan



sakura trees bloom
on banks of kanda river~~
fragrant blossoms fall




Nancy May



after the sentence
an apple tree is planted
in the spot you died




Nancy May



ripples on the sand
a holiday ebbs away
into the ocean




Jack Jordan



man in a black hat
he's angry; his life bores him
sleet begins to fall




Jack Jordan



sweet and persistent
river of skin across bone
wrestling in the night




Daun Daemon



a doe nudges fawns
into our city garden ?
tender summer greens




John Han



departing summer
maple-colored moon outshines
the cicada's song




Daniel Thompson



Mockingbird Catches
Complimentary Echoes
Woven into Song




Alexander Remer



Youth, you think is flesh
concealing skulls, eye sockets
but your soul stays young




Mauri Orr Stone



hurricanes blow in
quickly quenching searing droughts
destroying late yields




Mauri Orr Stone



marauding raccoons
raiders of my ripe peach tree
left me not a one




Brendan Leipelt



winter of my life
dreaded, anticipated
all is known someday




Bill Melton



Angry words are like
A drop of ink in water
Cannot be undone




Antoinette McCormick



weathered leather boot
still shadows, empty doorway
what are you guarding?




Antoinette McCormick



dusty piano
an orchestra of grapevines
scaling silences




Justin Witt



Is it a question
only, and simply enough,
of honoring life?




Damon Marbut



I have a gold heart
pumping blood rivers on which
no doldrums can float




Lisa G



Chaotic dark sky
Suddenly grows calm and still:
The eye of the storm




Doug Elson



thick forests whisper
songs of love to a wild moon
murmured with the wind




Doug Elson



Black skies cry to me
I hear cold rain trickle down
wet night harmony




David Kavanaugh



feathers of ice fog
sever plains of blue into
sky geometry




Stephen Barry



Mother finds his name
softly caress engraved stone
tucks him in at night.




Stephen Barry



Large black no sugar
Like my women 'strong, hot, dark
And slightly bitter




Craig Steele



hot fast-food breakfast
with others eating alone?
cold morning drizzle




Grant Philbin



Ambidextrous
Umbilical narrative
Good bye moody blues




Justin Witt



Tall pines stand above
a fire burning at midnight,
two old friends, laughing




Christopher Kenneth Hanson



Snow tip mountains breathe
Brown bears wander paths for food
Shadows light a pond.




David Edwards



never so serene
the surface of a small pond
six ducks still in flight




David Edwards



a sunset shower
telling my neighbor too late
rainbows never last




David Edwards



I, looking westward
upon each successive dusk...
one more masterpiece




Joann Grisetti



a dog is barking
from the next backyard over
the blank windows stare




Tiffany Harmon



Specks of morning dew
a pink blossom opening
spring's awakening




Tiffany Harmon



Sunset at the beach
waves against the rocky shore
sand between the cracks




Tiffany Harmon



Wind rustles the leaves
warning of the coming storm
like a restless ghost




Herb Guggenheim



Hours of packing books.
Nearby, an open dumpster
glistens in the rain.




James Pollard



early morning sun
outline of a little boy
demanding some food




Joshua Medsker



My breath comes slowly.
The breeze's smell reminds me
of roses. It's time.




Mahima Giri



galloping horses
encircle without dust cloud
the carousel ride




Sharla Anderson



like the elephant
autumn of life maps my flesh
with wisdom not years




Sharla Anderson



stones tumbling as tears
temple marred by modern strife
on ground once sacred




Grady Manus



owl silent as sin
snatches up unfulfilled dreams
? i ponder the dark




Grady Manus



with raptor talons
we grasp at elusive dreams
moon smiles knowingly




Ryan Danielson



I hear my father's
sneeze over the salt-thick wind,
but he is not here.




Christopher Kenneth Hanson



A lime moss path breathes
Crooked stones hide erosion
Amber light shines here.




Joseph Roberts



Slices of sunlight
through the stand of redwood trees
golden dust dancing




Joseph Roberts



In afternoon sun
my shadow one of many
waiting for the bis




Stephanie Ferguson



Rain on the water
A symphony of the new
Rippling chords, rebirth.




Charley Seattle



reborn as flurries
of the mountain's furied stars
stair-stepped to sky's vaults




Kris Coffield



objects high and low
receding from my fingers
summer barbecue




Daniel Slaten



your smile is a sign
from heaven above, unless
my heart tells a lie