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Issue 23



Authors

Antebi, Debbi
Baxendale Ii, Ron
Buckles, Sissy
Burgard, Amada
Campbell, Colin
Campbell, Dan
Chameleon, Jesus
Chappell, Grace Hughes
Degarie, Julie
Edwards, David
Fix, Elvis
Flint, Pattie
Gillikin, Brian
Gonzalez, Mauricio
Gusek, Chris
Han, John
Hauck, Pam
Hawkhead, John
Hellweg, Paul
Jones, Mark
Kavanaugh, David
Lassell, Daniel
Malone, Zachary
May, Nancy
Melton, Bill
Menon, Praveen
Nicholas, Joe
Obrien, Valerie
Oliverson, Alissa
Patterson, Melissa
Red, Elias
Remer, Alexander
Rosenbaum, Eve
Samuels, Clarise
Schmitt, Jennifer
Wasilewski, Nells
West, Tyson
Witt, Justin




Tyson West



ice shards bite elm twigs
catch shine from jupiter who
chances the sun's wake




Tyson West



the red hound glares sharp
across the frozen river
coyote grins back




Justin Witt



Noisy future, past -
silence, in the present tense -
Here is where I Live.




Zachary Malone



westward setting sun
the moon rising right on time
one crow, my night friend




Elvis Fix



Corrupt bronze, limp dust.
A stagnant eternity,
a ceaseless haunting.




John Hawkhead



after the last dose
of radiotherapy
her feet remain cold




Grace Hughes Chappell



one day spring appears--
dirt, sun, rain, the tilt of Earth--
it lives beyond words




Alexander Remer



Lines like young Pollock
rising, dust the page's face
under high love songs.




Paul Hellweg



a red thread drifts by
destiny invisible
two ends dream meeting




Jesus Chameleon



cooling blossoms here---
arranged into new bouquets
to a torrid theme




Praveen Menon



man versus nature
like a child against parents
young and ignorant




Mark Jones



illinois city
shrugs its shoulders, taxes me
for pure spring water




Ron Baxendale II



The snow keeps falling
Flakes that land without a sound
Are they yours or mine?




Elias Red



Desolation in
the wood. The winter moon shows
only death tonight.




Clarise Samuels



Half snake, half human
Fuxi repaired the heavens;
Gong Gong broke the sky




Clarise Samuels



grayish, frozen sky
a bitter wind howls at night;
snowy, hushed footfall




Amada Burgard



when the winter comes
the sunlight over the snow
heaven fell to earth




Valerie OBrien



Knees bent at sunrise
Longevity lost to fate
Headstones cast shadows




Daniel Lassell



People stand in lines,
waiting to wait in others.
Traffic to life's end.




Daniel Lassell



His fleur de lis ears
tilt at squirrels vaulting tree limbs.
His tail wags the air.




Debbi Antebi



at the hospital ?
spring flowers filling her room
winter in her eyes




Chris Gusek



today's joy unfolds
quiet gladness celebrate
under summer moon




Nells Wasilewski



upon the iced bough
cardinals, ruffled feathers
and empty feeder




Joe Nicholas



Guardians wrap me
in feathers and pine. Lift me
until I am sky.




Nancy May



leaves in rainwater
naked branches catch snowflakes
in a winter breeze




Eve Rosenbaum



eyes closed and wishful
I inhale your outward song
part your lips again




David Edwards



Walking home from work,
my footprints in snow point the
other direction.




David Edwards



Easily unfurled
thirteen stripes and fifty stars
tree tops touch the ground




Mauricio Gonzalez



Under the blankets
our feet caress each other
blind of right and left




Alissa Oliverson



Weighted red petals
spring lively, greeting sun, when
morning dew drops drip




Joe Nicholas



morning flushed bright pink
mountain jaws rising to greet
the clouds just waking




Pattie Flint



snow purls small stitches
rows and rows a woolen scarf
upon winter's neck.




Pattie Flint



stripping the bed sheets
feathers fly up and tickle
domesticity.




Julie DeGarie



stars unlatch themselves
at dawn from the Harvest Moon
dissolve like weak dreams




Colin Campbell



even butterflies
might follow the lowest moth
into autumn lights




Melissa Patterson



1:00 am?I catch
my eldest eating ice cream.
I take down a bowl.




Brian Gillikin



Bric-a-brac brooding
on lost time ? strain as hard as
the snow falls gentle.




Bill Melton



Windless summer days
Even birds sing lazily
Sparse now with their praise




Bill Melton



Plant nods approval
For bee to search for pollen
Among profuse blooms




Bill Melton



Sun claws at the clouds
Frantically trying to see
The earth far below




Sissy Buckles



swift rain blurs blossoms
down my black silk cheongsam
drying on clothes line




Dan Campbell



On winter's windy
days, that faithful sentry, my
scarecrow salutes me




Jennifer Schmitt



Harsh the cold wind blows
Yet tears burn strongly with heat
sad is this season




Jennifer Schmitt



Kawazu sits there
like an old man needing warmth
spring comes so quickly




Pam Hauck



tangerine sunrise
spring wakes buds on birch branches-
sleepless night, child sick




Pam Hauck



daughter placed bird seeds
in feeder outside window-
blue jay eats from ground




Elvis Fix



Light up smooth Gitanes
with a sly Shostakovich.
We waltz savage here.




John Han



fireworks in the sky
my brother-in-law gasps for
air on his deathbed




John Han



cars moving slowly?
ten thousand wild geese descend
on the snowy field




David Kavanaugh



budding souls queue up
receive mortal masks to wear
tossed out at random