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Issue 55



Authors

Aechtner, Chris D.
Aller, Jake
Ascough, Stephanie
Balme, Kennard
Barbieri, Cole
Barnett, Sandra
Benavides, Kylie
Brien, Rex
Brown, Kevin
Butner, Renee
Cappelli, Jed
Carroll, Emily
Cates, Joshua
Cole, Alden
Cox, Warren J.
Ellis, Amber
Fahey, Mary Crane
Flanagan, Michael
Forthman, Grace
Galko, Michael
Grégoire, Eric
Haslett, Mary
Head, Beverly
Hubbard, Glenn
Keeling, Cindy
Kolb, Daniel
Landsman, Peggy
Leach, Michael
Levine, Bruce
Liebert, Elisabeth
Lott, Kendall
Lynch, Louise
Malik, Vyomi
Melton, Bill
Meredith, Sophie L
Montgomery, Jennifer
Moore, Andrew
Newton, Jessica
Prince, Kyle
Robinson, Jackie Maugh
Sakai, Suzanne
Scully, Ron
Sibbald, Andrew
Smith, Mary
Smothers, Shirley
Snyder, James
Teferet, Rachel
Tristram, Hannah-rose
Werner, Erin
Wohlgemuth, Hetti




Jed Cappelli



She's the only one
A perfect place to linger
Now and forever




Louise Lynch



fire in the hills
white ash falls from the plum sky
I hold out my tongue




Joshua Cates



Living light inside
the branches of the old elms
There and gone again




Hetti Wohlgemuth



We pad to the beach
float in a warm, shining sea
amble back, tired.




Vyomi Malik



Celestial diamonds
Luminescent crescent gild
Aubergine starscape




Peggy Landsman



another summer
early mornings and late nights
half my life is gone




Michael Flanagan



in dreams through the sash
snow tires and a clink of chain
transport me away




Rex Brien



Dreaming of summer
Clouds bring the bite of winter
Ice cold kitten toes




Beverly Head



cool wind on my arms
breezes caressing my hair
fall flirting again




Suzanne Sakai



senior trees arc near
drawn together like magnets;
quiet love story




Ron Scully



first a grain of sand
tumbles down the wind swept dunes
hitches out of town




Erin Werner



Forehead kiss goodnight
Enveloped in sincere love
Adrift in your eyes




Kennard Balme



suns shine opes new worlds
days of dark noon pass to past
wishes lingering




Bill Melton



sunlight slants through clouds
bright patch of sunshine wanders
among wildflowers




Kyle Prince



we once lived right here
dividing and defending
until it all drowned




Amber Ellis



Tall trees in my sight.
Green is the beauty of Earth.
The sun beating bright.




Jessica Newton



dreaming of your smile:
that breath of sun in autumn
on a cold window.




Mary Smith



Frosty silver lakes
Ice skating over my heart
Bitterly cutting




Hannah-Rose Tristram



Your power, gentle
as the flower in your hair,
strong as ocean tides.




Renee Butner



Perfect snowflake falls
Dancing across my eyelash
Warm woolen mittens




Grace Forthman



Gray skies and cold times,
The rain and wind will collide,
Sad lives and good-byes.




Bruce Levine



Dreaming of the end
Thinking of the day to come
Promises ahead




Cole Barbieri



Head to your pillow,
thoughts scramble throughout your brain,
you can't sleep, good night




Warren J. Cox



great soaked maple leaf
pinched up high at the middle--
a glistening tent




Alden Cole



The Steller's Jay cries
harshly through the Douglas Firs
only it knows why




Jake Aller



One moment, one day
You walked out of my nightmares
And swept into life




Kevin Brown



Persephone weeps
Pomegranate juice lingers
Winter-bringing lips




Mary Haslett



Rippled, transparent,
Extorting the distant views
Until panes shatter.




Sandra Barnett



bright morning sunlight
brilliant Japanese maple
blue jays on the wing




Andrew Sibbald



Across the city
the distant snow capped mountains
echoes of winter




Emily Carroll



morning light filtered
through a canopy of leaves
muted sparrow song




James Snyder



Synchronized shadows
Skip and waltz in green gardens.
Timely skies blacken.




Rachel Teferet



Fire and fruit wine
Sleepy sisters in my arms
We speak heart secrets




SOPHIE L MEREDITH



While Fujisan sleeps
from trees lava spits and spills
a firey welcome




Jennifer Montgomery



leaf-rot is fading
air now tastes of light and snow
on new hunting grounds




Jackie Maugh Robinson



buyin three punkins
one to entice wee tricksters
two for just desserts




Kylie Benavides



Waterfalls drizzle
Gentle waves rock the surface
A cave rests behind




Mary Crane Fahey



Barred owl, soft flutter
Wings catch zephyrs, rising high
Disappears to time




Elisabeth Liebert



Trees hung with lemons
Pecans strewn on copper leaves
Wild geese carve the sky




Glenn Hubbard



Silence on the beach.
Children winter underground.
Castles of bright coal.




Chris D. Aechtner



raindrops beat on leaves
the wet tires of passing cars
hiss like cornered snakes




Kendall Lott



morning glories rise
iridescent petals gleam
harvest moon tonight




Andrew Moore



Alone with my words,
trying to describe a life
I don't understand




Eric Grégoire



The autumn sun fades
Out behind the rolling hills
Shadows creep towards home




Cindy Keeling



Starbursts in the grass
A requiem of beauty
Singing a sweet song




Daniel Kolb



steam from sewer caps -
lines on my palm are a map
of the city streets




Shirley Smothers



A peaceful river
Through the chaos of my mind
Calms mind and body




Michael Leach



This hemisphere leans
Sunward as winter breeds spring.
Hibernators rise.




Stephanie Ascough



Golden light bubbles
Joy springs from new horizons
Bright, fresh beginnings.




Michael Galko



yellow ginkgo leaves
tell the fall sky how it feels
to be so alone