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Issue 42



Authors

Barnett, Sandra
Barton, Andrea
Battersby, Lois
Beaudin, Marc
Beck, Thomas
Biggs, Jackie
Carcache Flores, Roberto
Cates, Anna
Childs, Derek
Cox, Hayli
Darretta, John Lawrence
Dimichele, Bill
Flanagan, Michael
Flick, Richard
Fulbirg, Chris
Gentry, Susan
Giugliano, Gabriella
Goodwin, Charman
Gove, Joan
Guzzi, Deborah
Hill, Elizabeth F.
Kamp, Lianne
Knabe, Martin
Long, Marie
Mann, Rob J
Martinez, Ren
Miller, Dean
Namwen, Miken
O'connor, Christine S.
Planko, Christa
Prundaru, Ana
Qureshi, Maryam
Reed Thieman, Shelly
Robinson, Jackie Maugh
Rojas, Emily
Rossi, Patricia
Ryan, Lucy
Schutter, Mary R. P.
Scully, Ron
Smuts, Carolyn
Van Kirk, Abigail
Wasilewski, Nells
Williams, Helen May




Thomas Beck



The leaves make my heart
Jump. The flowers make me sing.
Life is beautiful.




Marie Long



Tired bones of mine
Marinated misery
This life is so long




Richard Flick



Pressed from rotten fruit
Flies meander on the brim
Roasting in the sun




Emily Rojas



Lush massive towers
Sit under the canopy
Silence deafening




Bill DiMichele



late summer drowses
a country cemetery
gravestones forgotten




Nells Wasilewski



freezing rain and wind
dance across a wooden deck
winter's rhapsody




Susan Gentry



winds of wasted words
collections of deception
dreams blown to pieces




Martin Knabe



Illuminating
naked branches in the snow
- The buzzing porch lamp.




Gabriella Giugliano



Mighty loon dips head,
moonlight off-beat anagram.
Shadow ripple shrinks.




Chris Fulbirg



Torrential flash rain!
Under the tree shade; haiku
to girls rushing by.




Ana Prundaru



water lily croaks
painting a smile on my face
I find Basho's frog




Michael Flanagan



Gray clouds hide the sun?
Snowflakes bustle past my nose?
Winter stomps his feet.




Rob J Mann



Bitter autumn wind
Sinks teeth into summer's end.
Leaves visibly flinch.




Rob J Mann



Summer rain spatter
Unsettled dusky maiden.
Parasol resort.




Christine S. O'Connor



night, how still the surf
only murmurs in the air
new moon overhead




Lucy Ryan



sparrow-heart, darling
do you drink from the river?
taking stones inside




Joan Gove



Luminous white orb
Hangs high in the crisp night sky
Midst bright diamonds




Roberto Carcache Flores



Snow in our courtyard
Waiting by the windowsill
My breaths trace your name.




Charman Goodwin



Slumbering Poorwills,
discreetly in winters wake,
quiescence recede.




Hayli Cox



The lily felt loved
'till the bee pollinated
again and again.




Shelly Reed Thieman



Red-tailed carnivore
dive-bombs cottontail rabbit;
geranium snow.




Maryam Qureshi



Maturing wheat stalks...
Weave of hope flashes upon
The farmer's belief




Anna Cates



wind tossed lace curtains?
marriage of cabbage and brine
six green canning jars




Derek Childs



Innocent budgies
sneakily drop deposits
on my new jacket.




Abigail Van Kirk



my soul's sinews strain,
mustang heart seethes wanderlust,
lovingly unkempt.




Marc Beaudin



Fingertip branches
typing notes at my window
Delivered by owls




Christa Planko



Perched on her sky shelf --
the delicate China moon --
fragile, porcelain.




Jackie Maugh Robinson



sweet golden lap-dog
all eighty-five pounds of you
got enough room there?




Andrea Barton



Spaces between words
are swinging wide open gates
honesty escapes




Dean Miller



bamboo sways and bends
gives way without questioning
the source of the wind




Dean Miller



eternal mountains
snowy birthplace of rivers
oceans receive life




Miken Namwen



Grey bowed wing heron
lands as sentry of quick death~
pickerels dart deep




Miken Namwen



Blackbird on the lawn
head nodding from side to side~
old lady gossips




Jackie Biggs



Valley lost in cloud,
rain falls steady all morning,
drips glisten on twigs




Helen May Williams



rough grass golden fleck
ritual feast for spring plumage ?
male blue tit alights




Helen May Williams



one slice with the hoe ?
they lie severed uprooted
the pansies he sowed




Elizabeth F. Hill



misty winter wraith
spreads pale and rimy fingers
a cool numbing touch




Deborah Guzzi



covered by fresh snow
the kale roots sipping the melt:
birds peck at the edge




Ren Martinez



the air shimmers hot
heavy with water - sugared
honeysuckle ripe




Mary R. P. Schutter



thick piney refuge
feathered wallflowers sit out
blizzard's crazy dance




John Lawrence Darretta



swiftly shooting star
cyan streaks on shadowed sky
tall treetops tremble




Patricia Rossi



forsythia burst
slumbered gardens awaken
birds rejoice in song




Lois Battersby



Pale green periscopes
Piercing seas of muddy snow
Seeking warmth and light




Ron Scully



jumbo honey bee
bumbling out of my mailbox
drunk on Vogue nectar




Sandra Barnett



winter snow melting
revealing green grass below
blue jays in the rain




Sandra Barnett



fox tracks in old snow
pale sunlight through morning clouds --
planes out of Dulles




Susan Gentry



howling northern winds
break bare tree limbs and branches
leaving open wounds




Ron Scully



Cape foxtail grasses
slight agreeable sea breeze
rustles awns faintly




Lianne Kamp



Blue hours turn to smoke
Lampposts darken their shadows
Last breath of the day




Carolyn Smuts



Here above the clouds
Seeing the freeway below
Looking down at birds