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Issue 52



Authors

Alonso Jr., J. C.
Barnett, Sandra
Butner, Renee
Cottenie, Kelby
Depaul, Maria
Dickson, Julie
Flanagan, Michael
Gardner, Renne
Gentry, Susan
George, Sarah
Gorkin, Michael
Graham, Tyler
Gravina, Kristyl
Harrell, Jacob
Head, Beverly
Herrell, Dennis
Holland, Michelle
Kanjon, Elise
Kolb, Daniel
Larson, Jody
Laussmann, Melissa
Leach, Denise
Levine, Bruce
Malik, Vyomi
Mann, Rob J
Marshall, Jake
Melton, Bill
Miller, Dean
Montgomery, Jennifer
Nash, Lee
Pearson, Tom
Planko, Christa
Pond, Rachel
Rinehart, Robert
Robinson, Jackie Maugh
Robinson, Samantha
Salpeter, Michael
Sargent, Angela
Shaw, Martha
Sibbald, Andrew
Smith, Mary
Smothers, Shirley
Smyth, Lucy
Tabaka, Ann Christine
Teague, Heather
Wegner, Adele
Williams, Helen May
Witmer, David
Zedalis, Jackie




Denise Leach



Rubix cube mayhem
Trapped with everywhere to turn
Twisted resistance




Daniel Kolb



big fat snowflakes fall
silently to the pavement -
a streetlamp flickers




Sarah George



sun light in my room
catches the smoke you exhale
a rosette pattern




Bruce Levine



Florida alive
Lizards, frogs and millipedes
Ibis on the wing




Michael Gorkin



footprints in the sand
lapped up by the evening's tide
she walks on water




Bill Melton



hopefully reaching
a morning glory tendril
searches empty space




Susan Gentry



Branches gently sway
waving goodbye to the past
stirring memories




Beverly Head



so many rude weeds
pushing out the new pansies
wanting to be first




Michael Flanagan



like a parable
lambs wander their green pasture
shepherd gone astray




Jackie Maugh Robinson



cannot take my eyes
from the weather-beaten barn
standing up to time




Tyler Graham



Summer flowers grow
Feeling green grass underneath
Stars dot fading skies




Ann Christine Tabaka



In a forest grove
Flute-like tones echo brightly
Sound of a wood thrush




David Witmer



Chaos in her eyes
infinity, dark and bright,
a snake and its tail.




Jake Marshall



She bites my top lip
I call it her sharp sugar
A pleasure too sweet




J. C. Alonso Jr.



The time passes by.
The coo of a mourning dove.
As everything lost.




Christa Planko



meadow exhales heat
sluggish warm-bellied cows graze
lazy summer morn




Kristyl Gravina



Rustling autumn leaves
Stick in the brown muddy earth
A tedious life




Dean Miller



Raindrops dimple ponds
Croaking frogs disturb silence
Night exhales morning




Melissa Laussmann



rain on latte stone
ancient spiritual beat
my heart knows this song




Renne Gardner



Macarthur Park Lake
a downtown LA jewel
broken glass needles




Jackie Zedalis



A buoyant bird rests
Flapping its wings and chirping
Sparks optimism




Jacob Harrell



Field beneath the sun
Colors of different hues
Red, yellow, green, blue.




Elise Kanjon



a storm is coming-
white coyote glances back
over ragged fur




Dennis Herrell



she is poetry
a woman nursing her child
singing so softly




Michelle Holland



trimming donkey feet
summer sun behind rain clouds
I call with carrots




Maria DePaul



Forgotten teddy
Sits lonely on a bookshelf
Until thunder booms




Shirley Smothers



Depression a thief
Steals my joy and my pleasure
It imprisons me




Martha Shaw



I am called to soar
Broken wings cannot stop me
He enables me




Julie Dickson



Memories fallen
into the grate of lost days
best left forgotten




Lee Nash



the mad caprices
of adolescent daughters
pink hydrangea blooms




Michael Salpeter



Long summer of love
Beatles wail about Pepper
I'm born premature




Lucy Smyth



Time to meditate
Imagining the silence
My nose has an itch




Jody Larson



wooden bench, slats grayed
warped by summer sun and rain
our sanctuary




Helen May Williams



palettes & brushes
abandoned strewn on table
vacant gallery




Mary Smith



Swim from corruption
Venture into fresh waters
Drown no more, just breathe




Robert Rinehart



Female beekeeper
Trailing bees like smoke netted
Soft wind: so intent.




Heather Teague



Diving pelicans
strike sea. Glistening, playful
ripples tag a child.




Rachel Pond



rolling thunderstorm
building chaotic climax
exquisite rebirth




Kelby Cottenie



An intimate rain
Reaches suddenly to me
Out of a clear sky




Tom Pearson



dreams and illusions
currencies of the old world
now closed for repairs




Samantha Robinson



With welcoming words,
I invited you inside,
Whilst shutting the door.




Renee Butner



Maple leaf unfurls
New life open to the sun
Caterpillar bite




Andrew Sibbald



Heads hung in sorrow
knowing summer has ended
row of sunflowers




Sandra Barnett



sunlight on silk rug
pink and white peonies bloom
preening of peacocks




Adele Wegner



what a mist upon
the mossed river. crocus blooms
beside grey-green stones.




Rob J Mann



Cherry blossom floats
Choking the stream to stillness
Spring suicide pact




Vyomi Malik



Dancing thunderbolt
Kaleidoscopic shimmer
Hint of petrichor




Angela Sargent



Crushed citronella
Begonia blooms wildly
I inhale their peace.




Jennifer Montgomery



midsummer snow squall
cottonwood pelts the windshield
in flights of fancy




Jennifer Montgomery



leaden, heavy rain
pouring into the turned earth
shovel left to rust