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Issue 3



Authors

Alisia, Nyla
Barrera, Karissa
Bowman, Edward
Burling, Wilton
Cherciu, Lucia
Colline, Virginie
Cover, Joe
Fitzgerald, Genevieve
Hall, Debbie
Harris, Lyall
Hayes, Thomas
Head, Beverly
Hunt, Nathan
Jett, W. Luther
Keller, Christopher
Knight, Jackie
Lassell, Daniel
Mathews, Marsha
Mayes, Beth
Mcgee, Donnelle
Mulligan, Jb
Myers, Spencer
Pasvinter, Irena
Poller, Aaron
Schmitt, Jennifer
Smythe, Jack
Stringham, Will
Walstrom, Audrey
Weed, Richard
Whitman, Neal




Marsha Mathews



Twenty-five, she lives
wholesome in a halfway house
learning how to be.




Jennifer Schmitt



snow falls like the rain
sweet is the touch of my love
in pain my soul weeps




W. Luther Jett



Quiet winter day
New moon visible at noon
Two crows flying west




Virginie Colline



flash of red lipstick
she claws her way towards you
carnivorous smile




Neal Whitman



midnight basketball
clang of a rim with no net
way past our curfew




Neal Whitman



chickadees scatter
sunflower seed on the ground
lucky juncos feast




Wilton Burling



The car roof hung low
claustrophobic dialect
and tender regret




Wilton Burling



knotted ball of thread
wind around the troubled kid
strangled spiders web.




Edward Bowman



Leaves changing colour.
Lives changing like the season.
We no longer talk.




Jennifer Schmitt



the twilight of youth
too quick childhood fades away
bitter is wisdom




Nyla Alisia



He holds his guitar
close to him like a lover.
I am so strung out.




Nyla Alisia



Poet stands alone,
writing light into darkness,
teaching us to see.




Nyla Alisia



Words written in sand,
wisdom left for wind and tide,
momentarily.




Christopher Keller



It's a nice capo
to have a warm bed in which
to fall like a leaf.




Christopher Keller



Late nights of nothing
sound quiet as rain on grass
and I grow as fast.




Daniel Lassell



preacher tells people
value of Ten Commandments
but doesn't live them




Daniel Lassell



drunk man stumbles home
beats his wife for the last time
she leaves while he sleeps




Richard Weed



hear birds spreading joy
music waking dawn today
around their feeder




Richard Weed



new glories gild shores
blooms diffuse their sweets around
fruitful rain descends




Richard Weed



like spirit islands
fog floats the sea around me
vaporous but real




Jack Smythe



Sometimes late at night
when all the world is quiet
I hear my heartbeat




Nathan Hunt



A thrush cracking snails?
even carrying a shell
is no protection.




Nathan Hunt



A mountain, peeking?
summer bringing clearer skies,
the robin warbling.




Nathan Hunt



Seen from far away,
the leaves fallen from bare trees
look like brown blossoms.




Irena Pasvinter



My eyes stare at me
With wrath from her youthful face --
Next generation.




Thomas Hayes



Rich man wanting more,
a pauper needing nothing,
which life would you choose?




Jackie Knight



If you reached inside
I mean with your whole hand, what
Fleshy sighs release?




Lucia Cherciu



Rain over snow: God
holds in armor eight pine trees
straight above my house.




Audrey Walstrom



Hellish humid heat
In three months we'll wear jackets
Seems impossible




Lyall Harris



the elevator
carries a priest on his way
to last rites and me




Spencer Myers



Wet whys in the mud
Left by tiniest of birds
Washed away by rain




Edward Bowman



Humid summer night,
lying in a bed of sweat,
unable to sleep.




Aaron Poller



Sing the blood flowers
The rice starving in the bowl
Down here is the moon




Aaron Poller



Awkward note quivers
Calling over pain's retreat
The sweetness of life




Beth Mayes



Sunset rise again
Shine darkness upon the land
Warm rays of moonlight




Donnelle McGee



for you a flaming
japanese maple rising
in a sun-blue sky




Virginie Colline



some cigarette butts
in the glass of grain whiskey
the night gone to seed




Beverly Head



the warm fertile earth
fell from her knotty fingers
into neat black piles




Debbie Hall



Blackness weights the sky
of a city damp with grief--
Norwegian summer




Karissa Barrera



What I treasure is
Seeing the snow remove all
That I once treasured




Karissa Barrera



Holding the orange
To the sky it glows and glows
Like a newborn sun.




Karissa Barrera



Dream dances with Lao
Are not to be compared with
The eternal Tao




Audrey Walstrom



A hawk alights on
The charred stump and fluffs himself
Feathers float earthwards




Audrey Walstrom



Moon phases reveal
Dual personalities -
First timid, then bold




JB Mulligan



Lightning in the dark.
The mating call of insects
beneath distant stars.




JB Mulligan



Steam in the morning.
Gray and delicate lilies
wither on the lake.




Joe Cover



Red mushrooms growing
From rotting walnut branches
Waiting to be burned




Genevieve Fitzgerald



sun on the water
grey-green with a squint becomes
sea spirits dancing




Will Stringham



Burning hot breezes
scorch the desolate valleys.
A bulldog panting




Irena Pasvinter



Stray cats' tracks across
The dusty windshield -- greetings
From urban nature.