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Issue 51



Authors

Agnew, Zach
Aldridge, Bobby
Barnett, Sandra
Barton, Ron
Benavides, Kylie
Blackmon, Rachel
Brandis, Don
Cates, Anna
Cole, Ayden
Cottrell, Suzanne
Crupi, Brandon
Drobot, Ana
Emmons, Julie Sharp
Finch, Nicholas
Geurrandeno, Frank
Gorkin, Michael
Graham, Jackson
Hambrick, Jennifer
Harrell, Jacob
Hartnett, William
Head, Beverly
Herrier, Bruce
Hodgson, Elizabeth
Kamp, Lianne
Kelly, Sophia
Kleponis, Joe
Levine, Bruce
Locicero, Thomas
Melton, Bill
Miller, Dean
Muranaka, Daryl
Pitcher, James
Planko, Christa
Pond, Rachel
Reed Thieman, Shelly
Riyeff, Jacob
Robinson, Jackie Maugh
Ruth-killgore, Chanacee
Schutter, Mary R. P.
Selken, Niki
Shaw, Martha
Sykes, Terrence
Tabaka, Ann Christine
Tuttle, Stephanie
Wasilewski, Nells
Wells, Sandra
Williams, Helen May
Yarish, Adam
Zedalis, Jackie




Sophia Kelly



Pink cherry blossoms
fall softly on the sidewalks.
It is raining Spring.




Helen May Williams



clear night sky bright moon
exposed mouse-hole in border
cat paw tracks on soil




Jackie Maugh Robinson



stained glass dragonfly
in the lightness in the darks
longing for true spring




Dean Miller



Night drinks horizon
Ocean stirs moon's reflection
Shooting stars streak by




Suzanne Cottrell



Chirping spring peepers
Bullfrogs' deep guttural croaks
Silenced by the wind




Lianne Kamp



abandoned bird nests
perch on top of leafless trees
my bones feel the cold




Bruce Levine



Happy, salient times
Golden rays of morning sun
Silver glow of dusk




Bill Melton



tethered to a reed
a grebe on a floating nest
calls this place a home




James Pitcher



A fistful of crumbs
Showering scrambling mallards
A couple argue




Jackie Zedalis



Sun pokes through the clouds
Casting water images
Reflections of you




Niki Selken



We took the kite out
A monarch against the clouds
Two minutes ten feet




Brandon Crupi



Branches fight for sun
reaching skyward; mushrooms rest
on the forest floor.




Joe Kleponis



early spring sunrise
gold at the crest of the hill
daffodils in bloom




Beverly Head



painting wild flowers
blooms that can never be tamed
on land or canvas




Ana Drobot



blue sky lying down -
tourists' selfies disturbing
the sound of the rain




Mary R. P. Schutter



soft breeze caresses
rosebush birthing infant buds
sun kisses sweet babes




Kylie Benavides



Littered with turquoise
Snowy castles cover Earth
A picture to frame




Rachel Pond



salty ocean breeze
palm trees shadow sun-kissed skin
coconut heaven




Jennifer Hambrick



warm rain on snowdrops
i explain to the children
where the snowmen go




Don Brandis



hear my other voice?
rarely used misplaced comma
among periods




Terrence Sykes



wayward flock of geese
above abandoned farmhouse
plow unfallowed sky




Nicholas Finch



Eating nuns? orchids
make black crickets turn yellow.
Wings wilt before death.




Jacob Harrell



Under the pale moon
Swerving between my two legs
Cat attempts murder




Stephanie Tuttle



Snow-capped mountain peaks
Last vestiges of winter
Storing desert hope.




Sandra Wells



Dormant for too long
I rise through the hardened world
determined to bloom.




Ayden Cole



fiery pink bison
stampede purple plains above,
thunder storm in spring




Anna Cates



a bumblebee blends
into a black-eyed Susan?
cloud-shaded hillside




Bruce Herrier



memories falter
petals fading at their edge
forgetting to fall




Ron Barton



We drink pop-culture
as we can't stomach the truth;
we go malnourished.




Julie Sharp Emmons



summer's construction
intricate origami
wasps' paper palace




Sandra Barnett



forsythia bloom
in the old cemetery
solace of flowers




Bobby Aldridge



Divorcing herself
the miller leaves her cocoon
for the distant light.




Daryl Muranaka



suburbia means
the little girl doesn't know
the lowly pigeon




Michael Gorkin



The sea at midnight
Flecked by splinters of the moon
I unfurl the sail




Adam Yarish



A stream- cold and clear
Envy of a burdened mind
Trickled aimlessly




Frank Geurrandeno



Calm fawns, marble eyes.
The rifle's sight, the anxious
devil in a man.




Chanacee Ruth-Killgore



Warm sand, broken shells
Laughter folds into the waves
Sorrows are drowning




Shelly Reed Thieman



Yellow blotch pansies
spill blueberry cream, merlot
I and the lawn, drunk




Nells Wasilewski



nap in the hammock
no silver hair--no gnarled joints
surfing the high waves




Ann Christine Tabaka



Early morning fog
Greets another born new day
Sleepy eyes now blink




Rachel Blackmon



Love?s the strangest thing
petals made of ash and lace
break through cold, hard earth




Zach Agnew



From a distant tree
A curious pair of eyes
observes those who pass




Christa Planko



seedlings stretch their vines
flower buds blossom and yawn
spring has awakened




Martha Shaw



Thunderous applause
Rose ? more pretty and more sweet
Following the storm




Thomas Locicero



awakened by waves
I watch the dawn?s silhouette
undressing the sun




Thomas Locicero



nature limits man
mountains on the ocean floor
never to be scaled




Elizabeth Hodgson



Scent of earth and moss
Tiny buds on dormant trees
Bursting forth new life




Jackson Graham



Tendrils of strong flame
Curl throughout an endless maze
Yet cower in rain.




Jacob Riyeff



porridge in the pot
coffee in the silent mill
emptiness abounds




William Hartnett



Lazy morning breeze
Bed so soft like Wonder Bread
Live life with no crust