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Issue 26



Authors

Alisia, Nyla
Antebi, Debbi
Barnett, Sandra
Black, Grace
Bursey, Dc
Cates, Jay
Chakraborty, Souvik
Chappell, Grace Hughes
Doughty, Jonathan
Elledge, Miriam
Gagnon, Chase
Gardiner, Tim
Geurrandeno, Frank
Goodwin, Charman
Gusek, Chris
Han, John
Karamarkovich, Ian
Larsen, Ellen
Lowe, Dennis
May, Nancy
Melton, Bill
Nystrand, Kadeejah
Nystrand, Kasha
Oates, David
Obrien, Valerie
Palomba, Carolann
Raney, Vanessa
Red, Elias
Ruscher, Thomas
Rushton, Biff
Sakran, M.
Samuels, Clarise
Scalzo, Emily Jo
Trojan, Peggy
Ward, Brandon
Wasilewski, Nells
West, Tyson
Wong, Deborah




Chase Gagnon



Midnight approaches
in her stilettos of stars
flirting with my dream




Chris Gusek



swaying field of grass -
a summer wind scatters thoughts
to blue horizons




Bill Melton



Crouched on the rooftop
Snow covered robin awaits
The morning or death




Grace Hughes Chappell



the sky grows two stars
seven pelicans fly by
low, over the sea




David Oates



gray day, on lush grass
white tom turkey with harem
his tail spread so wide




Jay Cates



still leafless and damp
my tree full of noisy crows
feels the spring sunlight




Tyson West



yellow elder leaves
blow away before first frost
afraid to wear white




Jay Cates



again buds burst out
while winds still blow bitter cold.
how many more times.




Vanessa Raney



He massages pigs
with salt and pepper before
the slow, winter snow.




John Han



a patch of old snow
falls from a cedar tree branch?
weight of a squirrel




John Han



day after Christmas
choosing the names to include
in a new planner




Kasha Nystrand



Bleak winds mask a face.
A veil of an appearance.
Silence sounding voice.




Dennis Lowe



Sweet and luminous,
delicate as raspberries;
our too human dreams




Dennis Lowe



Drifting cigar smoke
attracts a squirrel's notice
while I watch the clouds




Souvik Chakraborty



scattered to the winds
dusty leaves and lifeless skin
end of a season




Clarise Samuels



spirit in the sky
with sharp sword and flaming eyes;
Akura, the fiend




Emily Jo Scalzo



Chess in Uganda
alleviates poverty
for a queen savant




Peggy Trojan



snow early this year
today I cut Father's shirts
into quilt patch squares




CarolAnn Palomba



Bold goldfish shine like
New copper pennies swimming
In waves of sunlight




CarolAnn Palomba



Sacred abacus
sums up the grace of each prayer
whispered in God's ear




Debbi Antebi



night-time confessions
starting to see an old friend
in a brand new light




Nancy May



a cold winter breeze
snowflakes parachute softly
on empty branches




Elias Red



Bending trees sing a
song of melancholy on
the river's cold bank.




Tim Gardiner



Rusted iron gate
the only entrance to woods
where butterflies hide




Tim Gardiner



The lone owl calling
from the oak across the green
has fallen silent




Frank Geurrandeno



A peck on my wrist,
Longing feathers and nestler
now wingless and whist.




Kasha Nystrand



Snow rests on branches.
Shivering among bleak breath.
Numb hands let leaves fall.




Ian Karamarkovich



Farmer Constable
Surrendered, more depleted
Than his glabrous land.




Brandon Ward



Crow flailing to stay
Steady on a branch- bracing
Itself against gusts




Nells Wasilewski



the day turned pewter
a warning gust of chill wind
an empty mailbox




Nells Wasilewski



late winter morning
new buds snuggle in branches
slumbering til spring




Brandon Ward



On the wet pathway
A woman with a shining
Head walks mindfully




Deborah Wong



Fate has come to seek
the chastity of a maid
of paper cut eyes




Thomas Ruscher



Sleep and dream my love
Twixt my arms and near my heart.
Your humid breath, Life




Biff Rushton



The rueful waltz of
a wretched heart ~ Crestfallen ~
Swallowed by the grey




Biff Rushton



Tender beloved ~
Your petals upon my tongue ~
Feasting from love's bloom




Kadeejah Nystrand



Dove flies through cold breeze.
Lands to rest on soft white ground.
Fades on winter snow.




Valerie OBrien



Howling in moonlight
Melodic hymnal for prey
Beware of the wolf




Valerie OBrien



Army of ravens
Bow power lines in winter
Wingspans darken skies




M. Sakran



equinox arrives
white snow melts off tree branches
green buds grow outward




DC Bursey



meadow's warm wind swirls
tall grass is a stormy sea
white tipped flowers wave




DC Bursey



will we meet again
in a park where a poet
is passing out dreams




Grace Black



season of ripe buds
dreary drizzle slips away
his name on her tongue




Ellen Larsen



Stillness in the night
There is only one awake
See the coming dawn.




Nyla Alisia



Tiny sparrow wings,
soar in breathless hopefulness,
talons grasping stars.




Nyla Alisia



The feminine soul,
born, clawing her name in earth,
never truly tamed.




Miriam Elledge



The cat woke me up,
Banging on the bedroom door.
I sleep on the train.




Charman Goodwin



Sadness cerements me,
despair dances on my heart.
His identity...




Jonathan Doughty



Halloween, gone drag
In a burqa, Muslim-style
Arrested promptly




Sandra Barnett



A lone chipmunk runs
through falling snow beneath the
witch hazels in bloom.