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Issue 56



Authors

Adams, Michael
Barnett, Sandra
Berger, Karen
Brestel, Eric
Center, Julie
Cipriano, Lorraine
Decarolis, Michael
Dickinson, Rachel
Dishner, Jackie
Fitzgerald, Genevieve
Flanagan, Michael
Fontaine, Amy
Gentry, Susan
Hanlen, Jim
Hitri, Mark
Howell, Bodie
Huffy, Phil
Jones, Kelci
Kozma, Joseph J
Kuentzel, Thalia
Larson, Jody
Laussmann, Melissa
Lavalette, Ron.
Levine, Bruce
Liebert, Elisabeth
Macneil, Kevin
Malik, Vyomi
Marinelli, Rocco
Martin, Carolyn
Mcmanes, Robert
Melton, Bill
Moore, Andrew
Mullen, Rene
Perry, Christina
Petty, Randy
Piazza, Robert
Pikarsky, Amparo
Ross, Debra Sasak
Ruth-killgore, Chanacee
Sakai, Suzanne
Shaam, Qandeel
Sibbald, Andrew
Skelley, Billie Holladay
Snyder, James
Tei, Suria
Thorn, Jonathan
Tristram, Hannah-rose
Wasilewski, Nells
Watt, Gary




Rocco Marinelli



Lost in confusion
Enlightenment is within
You just have to feel




Ron. Lavalette



alone on the porch
a man welcomes the morning
Spanish cedar flute




Michael Flanagan



across the pasture
slumbering in the clover
daisies greet the dawn




Jim Hanlen



when I am confused.
even the wind can't decide
go east or head south




James Snyder



Delight migrating
up to cerulean skies.
A bright red balloon.




Debra Sasak Ross



Red rose bud petals
Strewn haphazardly on bed
Wake up, sleepy head.




Hannah-Rose Tristram



In empty moments
I feel the imagined touch -
Your hands on my back.




Elisabeth Liebert



Black magnetic sands
Cliffs shatter waves to white spray
We linger bewitched




Christina Perry



hardy dogwood stems
appear, jutting through the snow,
awaiting springtide




Gary Watt



Youth-endowing snow
All earthly wrinkles smoothing
Turning adult child




Robert Piazza



Biplanes towing signs
fly above the crowded beach---
Haiku in the sky.




Bruce Levine



Golden light on trees
Punctuates the afternoon
Rounding out the day




Karen Berger



Still waters; a deer...
drinking in his reflection.
Narcissus in bloom.




Sandra Barnett



sitting in darkness
waiting for the next haiku
black cursor blinking




Julie Center



let the sunlight stream
through your hair just like the wind
through the trees in Spring




Lorraine Cipriano



Green leaves in sunlight
burn the Buddha image bright
right inside her heart




Rene Mullen



I've become my dad
which is to say a spirit
destined for silence




Billie Holladay Skelley



Winter's chill freezes
unripe fruit in the orchard-
spoiling migrant hopes.




Melissa Laussmann



dawn in Kyoto
dew kissed Sakura branches
an early embrace




Vyomi Malik



Blackened shikaras
Adrift emerald waters
The day lingers on




Bill Melton



yellow wings outstretched
butterfly tries to capture
weak autumn sunshine




Michael DeCarolis



Poor blue jay. At least
I gave him a shady spot
to lay down and die.




Sandra Barnett



kicking leaves aside
looking back at the window
where she used to sit




Andrew Sibbald



season's cold blanket
the muffled silence of night
hello winter moon




Phil Huffy



she waits patiently
old, at the end of the road
when will God notice?




Mark Hitri



not the only one
looking at the stars tonight
it's universal




Genevieve Fitzgerald



his careful photos
cut out the extraneous
capturing what truth




Michael Adams



Orion guides me
And though I'm not often lost
Tonight is overcast




Suzanne Sakai



moonlight on crisp snow
one year gone, one rolling in
rocking, changing life




Andrew Moore



This, my childhood home,
smaller than I remember,
and more important




Jonathan Thorn



The wind wakes up life
Captured in a white bone cage
In the wake of death




Bodie Howell



surrounded by noise
the offer of solitude
my gift from the sea




Amy Fontaine



Crows on the bleachers
Breeze blows clouds across the track
We're moving on soon




Suria Tei



after last night's storm
my neighbor's old trampoline
slanted, still standing




Nells Wasilewski



starry sky above
whippoorwills and crickets sing
summer in concert




Thalia Kuentzel



Cold blanket of white
tucks in fragile blades of grass;
sweet dreams until spring.




Randy Petty



Camping under stars
Still grungy despite all-night
Meteor showers




Kelci Jones



Silver raindrop hangs
Sun-kissed, it falls to the wind
Carried down to earth




Kevin MacNeil



A student drifts through
the poetry section, hums
a sweet melody.




Rachel Dickinson



Dawn lights the pink wall
Apple tree limbs cast shadows -
Illusion of warmth




Carolyn Martin



On a winter night,
the black echo of my breath:
my sole company.




Robert McManes



slow soft music plays
a candlelight's reflection
in my lover's eyes




Joseph J Kozma



Thunder in the sun
Ice berg in the desert sand
Autumn in the air




Chanacee Ruth-Killgore



rain-filled clouds push in
blanketing a fiery sun.
unquenched light cascades...




Jackie Dishner



Downhill ride, so chill.
Light breezes brushing my face,
calming my last nerve.




Jody Larson



cricket in my wall
safe from freezing rain and wind
calling for a friend




Eric Brestel



Scent of mown fescue,
crescendo of cicadas,
my childhood wakens.




Susan Gentry



Carpet of fresh snow
stretches unblemished on lawn
awaiting footprints




Qandeel Shaam



feisty raindrops lash
my window, like fingernails
on my lovers back




Amparo Pikarsky



The prayers you've answered
give me faith beyond reason
you'll come through again.