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Issue 53



Authors

Anderson, Sharla
Andrus, Pat
Balletti, Michael
Balme, Kennard
Barnett, Sandra
Brandes, Heidemarie
Brown, Jodie
Dano, Helen
Davis, Andrew
Depaul, Maria
Dybowski, Deborah
Fahey, Mary Crane
Gentry, Susan
Glynn, Carolyn
Goodman, Crystal
Hakmiller, Karl
Head, Beverly
Henze, Adam
Herman, Patti
Johnston, Shane
Kirouac, Debra
Kolb, Daniel
Kuo, Andrew
Larson, Jody
Laussmann, Melissa
Levine, Bruce
Melton, Bill
Middonte, Mia
Modica, Frank
Moore, Garth
Morse, Haven
Pearson, Tom
Robbins, Donna G.
Rosas, Maricela
Senser, Daniel
Sprague, Adam
Taft, Eve
Teague, Heather
Thomas, Katelyn
Thor, Miriam
Werner, Erin
Wood, Eldie
Zander, Henry
Zedalis, Jackie




Kennard Balme



all mudbugs bleed red
hard to tell what piece to eat
bait for bigger bugs




Bill Melton



like a waft of smoke
a blanket of white gnats drift
in dappled sunlight




Bill Melton



dark drifting wall-cloud
tendrils of rain trail below
backlit setting sun




Beverly Head



Fragile egos caught
On tree limbs like broken kites
Flapping in the wind




Daniel Kolb



the drummer chews gum
in rhythm with the music -
autumn in New York




Jodie Brown



heavy summer air
thick with rain wanting to fall
my plants love you so




Andrew Davis



Fish swim through foundries
finally silent beneath
the rising waters




Mary Crane Fahey



Slanted sunbeam traps
Fluttering Painted Lady
In its golden thrall




Michael Balletti



Black-forked tongues spew hate
Mesmerize the credulous
Earth falls under weight




Jackie Zedalis



A sanctuary
Butterflies can fly freely
Within their cages




Jackie Zedalis



Traveler's nightmare
Moose walking onto the road
In the still of night




Daniel Senser



In a park at night
Sleepless lovers dance and laugh.
Sprinklers--they don't mind.




Pat Andrus



two crows on fir branch
showers soaking their plumage
feathers rinsed for flight




Karl Hakmiller



The wind smells like death,
I think of you breathing it--
The sound at low tide.




Patti Herman



The moon and the stars
continue to shine their light
when all else seems dark




Shane Johnston



Morning mist rises
To the top of mount Fuji
Under purple skies




Deborah Dybowski



sparkling, smooth as glass
reflecting skies blue brilliance
salt water haven




Heidemarie Brandes



I am wildfire.
I have the moon's howl inside.
The world turns away.




Debra Kirouac



Wind ruffles your hair
As you board the new school bus.
Where has the time gone?




Jody Larson



sudden morning storm
rolling thunder, heavy rain
frogs taking cover




Erin Werner



Mirrors in her eyes
She makes you look at yourself
And accept your flaws




Erin Werner



Arpeggio sprawl
Broken chords and long fingers
Instrumental war




Andrew Kuo



Shot glass in one hand
Ice cubes smoke collide in blue
Laid-off yesterday.




Melissa Laussmann



summer afternoon
tree and pond on lonely field
sky like baldachin




Crystal Goodman



The sunflower shifts,
Moonlight wakes a sleeping dawn
Gesturing dew... drops.




Crystal Goodman



Nestled under wraps
Quiet light traces windows
I woke to Spring warmth




Sandra Barnett



from honeysuckle
shrub to honeysuckle shrub
monarch butterfly




Adam Henze



chipmunk on lawn chair
shoulders tense and tail standing
barking with bared teeth




Katelyn Thomas



Blossom to blossom
Swallowtail flaunts her beauty.
Summer flirtation.




Eve Taft



Darkness, quiet rain
Train whistles in the distance
I think I can sleep




Susan Gentry



Whippoorwill refrain
cuts through nocturnal silence
piercing hearts of woe




Carolyn Glynn



They co-existed
Feathery fronds still delight
T-Rex, not so much.




Helen Dano



At vigil, a bird,
young, stands over his fallen
mother. Summer weeps.




Mia Middonte



babbling summer creek
floating leaf with clever ant
must have surfing bug




Tom Pearson



clouds above rockies
an angel hood ornament
spreads its wings in flight




Miriam Thor



Tree branches whisper
A gentle unseen caress
Scents of blooms afar




Bruce Levine



Freezing rain and snow
Silken black lace of winter
Children ice skating.




Eldie Wood



A cliff face daunting
Finger hold, toe hold, anchor
Harness the mountain




Maria DePaul



Glass beach surf castoffs
Wave polishes rainbow stones
Vanishing treasures




Maria DePaul



Extinguished campfire
One last ember escaping
Storied night's ending




Frank Modica



Weeping blood red sun
Hangs low in the evening sky,
Dreams of long-lost loves.




Haven Morse



leaves decay and melt
earth's flesh rotting into dirt
season reaches end--




Henry Zander



watch, inhale the frost
you, my thunderclap woman
justifying me




Garth Moore



The barbed-wire fence
guarding yellow fallow fields--
tick tock of raindrops




Sandra Barnett



catbird on a limb
total eclipse of the sun
a distant rumbling




Sharla Anderson



My heart, like dead leaves
downfallen, trampled afoot
broken troth of spring




Heather Teague



Fiery sunset burns
In purple sky. Smokestacks climb
To touch its bright rays.




Adam Sprague



Rain on the window
my shoulder, your restless head--
where secrets are safe




Donna G. Robbins



On the hot, dry sand
Bones of an old coyote,
A spiral of wind




Maricela Rosas



A summer ago
Echos of humming bees waltzed
Around my hushed mind