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Issue 25



Authors

Aldridge, Bobby
Anderson, Sharla
Antebi, Debbi
Avocet, Ammy
Barone, Angelica
Black, Grace
Bowman, Dean
Browne, Heather
Burns, James Roderick
Cates, Jay
Chakraborty, Souvik
Chameleon, Jesus
Chan, Jon
Cohowicz, Marybeth
Corey, Gavin
Desario, Anna
Edwards, David
Gardiner, Tim
Gove, Joan
Gray, Caden
Gusek, Chris
Hammermeister, Kai
Herrell, Dennis
Lowe, Dennis
Lucas, Steve
May, Nancy
Mcphail, Stacey
Melton, Bill
Meyer, Bradley
Nicholas, Joe
Pella, Patricia
Planko, Christa
Roche, Stephen
Stickle, Ray
Thiessen, Loreena
Ward, Brandon
Wasilewski, Nells
West, Tyson
Zieran, Tamyra




Anna Desario



A nostalgic wave
as you turn your back in hope
I will follow you




Christa Planko



The cardinal roosts
skyward on a lofty branch,
a drop of sunset.




Christa Planko



Blue bird, open wings,
undulating in the wind,
animated sky.




Angelica Barone



a bitter ice wind
makes the proud trees bend and groan
frozen is the world




Dennis Lowe



salt around the rim
each red sip ticking away
Bloody Mary clock




Dennis Lowe



A balcony view
Blue skies and bright butterflies
This suffering world




Sharla Anderson



old porous porch, where
moldy newspapers mark months
teapot cries inside




Bill Melton



Glowing summer moon
Reflects across the water
A fishing raccoon




Bill Melton



Advancing in line
Impacts of artillery
Rain on dusty soil




Joan Gove



Quiescent with life
splashes of splendid color
swim in its haven




Loreena Thiessen



war separates us
abandoned homes lie empty
lost to each other




Nells Wasilewski



tendrils of sun rays
turn the lake a whiskey gold
flash of amber eyes




Heather Browne



I touch desert sands
and hold your seas in my hands
My God's holy lands




Heather Browne



The peaceful cockroach
Understanding not disgust
Thought himself lovely




Jesus Chameleon



quarter moon zenith...
body had reclined breathless
white light on a block




Debbi Antebi



procrastination
stays full feeding on itself
from inside my bed




Chris Gusek



bent over alone
old lady gathers pecans
in the waist high grass




Chris Gusek



morning coffee brews
bird watch at breakfast table
background music plays




Grace Black



chaste upon her lips
morose whisper of winter
loss consumed her bones




Grace Black



sleep's a fickle wench
she denies and vies for love
lure of her embrace




Jay Cates



Dust covered, weary,
old blossoms by a dry path.
We feel the same wind.




Tamyra Zieran



Ink black branches scrawled
across an indigo sky
smudge the bright white moon




Bradley Meyer



The water-fall laughed,
chuckling o'er the stones below-
by the bridge, straight-faced.




Jay Cates



children still at play
after a long dry summer
feet on brittle leaves




Brandon Ward



Peaceful walk- passing
a park, I see a man all
alone. Thoughts above.




David Edwards



a burned-out building
snow-covered steps lead nowhere
Man's plans gone awry.




Dennis Herrell



Watermelon fields
now lie swollen and pregnant
from too many seeds




Joe Nicholas



Good mother. The sun
wearing leaves of white starlight.
Darkness bowing low.




Jon Chan



When the red sun rose
Its rays bathed the gold grass fields
Corn, wheat, all on fire




Gavin Corey



Organized pieces
Quickly splinter off, fighting
For their king ? checkmate.




Ammy Avocet



Burning flames savor
the feel of my hand entwined
with yours- cold as ice.




Ammy Avocet



I kneel on the grass
hand stroking feather's of bird
earth around us- sleeps.




Dean Bowman



Suicide job line
She sells her labor for nought
Competition kills




Dean Bowman



Behind fogging glass
Steam dances from noodle bowls
Coins too few to spare




Bobby Aldridge



Efficaciously
beetles carry him away,
leave only timbers.




Souvik Chakraborty



Knew it was a dream
Though there were colours and noise
Never saw your eyes.




Marybeth Cohowicz



he is every shade
of beautiful, and some her
eyes have never seen




Caden Gray



your red umbrella
hope there's no rain tomorrow
we kissed, you forgot




Kai Hammermeister



the frisky sparrows
occupy the feeder house
birdseed snows downward




Tyson West



cascade pines cloistered
pray in dense pacific fog
sharing faith with kelp




Nancy May



branches in mourning
surrender to the autumn 
scattering of leaves




Stephen Roche



Steamy kisses light
up a room full of darkness.
There is no love here.




Ray Stickle



Cold morning. I sleep
well in an ice cocoon. And
so does the white moon.




Joan Gove



strength, beauty, heart, wind
enveloped in one creature
on Pegasus wings




Stacey McPhail



The beggar refused
False Gods who sacrificed Kin
Make false donations




Stacey McPhail



Pragmatists can scorn
Towers and Titans stand tall
They started as sand




Patricia Pella



stained glass mosaic
shards of dreams and promises
illuminations




Steve Lucas



Empty restaurant
a couple sit in silence
sharing loneliness.




Tim Gardiner



On the coldest eve
above the bay's shingle shore
Venus was rising




James Roderick Burns



Sparrows chirruping
in the unceasing deluge ?
winter slips away.