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Issue 7



Authors

Chan, Jon
Cohut, Maria
Daleiden, John
Davis, Jim
Edwards, David
Faries, Joanne
Ford,sr., Arthur C.
Friedenberg, Jay
Goldfarb, Reuven
Hanson, Christopher Kenneth
Head, Beverly
Heckman, Lois Elaine
Howell, Traci
Kazlauskas, John
King, Sassysue
Koong, Joanne
Lahiri, Gopal
Leslie, Stephen
Maulsby, Dennis
Otten, Anthony
Patterson, Jonathan
Pella, Patricia
Pierpont, Carson
Plovnick, Ross
Sayler, Mary
Sharma Gurumayum, Susma
Sicilia, Samantha
Spencer, James
Steele, Craig
Steiner, Sherry
Stockman, Tom
Ward, Anthony
Weed, Richard




Anthony Otten



old plaza darkness
phantasms of long dead feasts
the fog of streetlamps




Jon Chan



Now the leaves return
So the high wind sings once more
Six months the frost waits




Stephen Leslie



six yellow finches
feasting on sunflower seeds
bright spring festival




Stephen Leslie



unemployment line
snakes past the forsythia
piles of dropped Kleenex




Carson Pierpont



the elderly man
pruned the rose bushes today-
the hell with cancer!




Carson Pierpont



the haiku robin
stared at me through the window
while I picked for worms




Tom Stockman



These birdsongs- are they
mechanized or is this real?
The dead trees still loom...




Sherry Steiner



out of the morning
covered in forgotten dreams
a very deep breath




Jay Friedenberg



cottage by the sea
the rise and fall of your chest
with each crashing wave




Christopher Kenneth Hanson



Where marigolds bloom
Crisp water runs smooth through roots
A lone shadow crawls.




Mary Sayler



The sun and wind flash
neon fish upon the pond ?
cold swim, bright shining.




Maria Cohut



Rueful occasion -
Your fingers tracing the lines
Across my forehead.




Beverly Head



sizzle of hot plates
aroma of fajitas
savoring friendship




Jim Davis



alone in the dark
mingling with a row of coats
hanging from their hoods




John Kazlauskas



an early spring rain
drops gold onto sleeping dogs
women wake and cry




James Spencer



monastic chanting
Manjushri cuts into one
my fear halts his blade




Arthur C. Ford,Sr.



Waves bring messages,
Mankind waits along the beach,
Those of peace still drown.




Reuven Goldfarb



Guarding its dumpster,
the wary cat waits for me
and my moldy cheese.




Craig Steele



younger brother bids
on Mom's old childhood toy box ?
sudden blush of shame




Craig Steele



on this bitter night
my frosted breath joins the clouds
covering the stars




Sassysue King



Incidentally
morning in bed missing you
arms empty of love




Sassysue King



the spring sun peeks in
bully wind chases it out
spring will arrive soon




Joanne Faries



brown squirrel scampers
evades two grackles on fence
opening spring dance




Joanne Faries



open window screen
patio pop tunes linger
slow twilight descends




Joanne Faries



mosquitos invade
hover above porch glider -
summer haze bully




Traci Howell



Weighted in the sky
Atramentous Thunderhead
Reaching epoch mass




Dennis Maulsby



Insects cloud the moon
Warm bodies in the rafters
Bat wings soft stutter




Dennis Maulsby



Silk-black hair veils eyes.
Bare toes froth fountain water.
Soft Farsi giggles.




Anthony Ward



post coital season
after the virulent blush
cinders fall to ash




Anthony Ward



a great mighty oak
growing out of amnesia
acorns forgotten




Patricia Pella



surf embraces sand
rewinding the hour glass
waltzing with the moon




Ross Plovnick



dog days of July
on our street the only shade
comes from condemned elms




Ross Plovnick



up north?winter sun
skates across the frozen lakes
until spring sun comes




Lois Elaine Heckman



Cold and moonless night:
stars pin up the black velvet
curtain hiding me.




Lois Elaine Heckman



The house was darkened
with memories. She raised her
hand and struck the match.




James Spencer



Catskill mountain lake's
thick veil of morning fog pierced
echoing bonsho




James Spencer



first light of morning
finds my father's smiling face
death took him gently




Joanne Koong



New York hotel room
Convention for humanists
Give me all your love




Samantha Sicilia



Giraffes cannot jump
but they can eat your top hat,
Abraham Lincoln.




Samantha Sicilia



I gave it all up
so you could have everything
as I lie empty




Richard Weed



hanging and pecking
a berry block of suet
downey woodpecker




Richard Weed



crows harass eagle
surrounding his gliding path -
he flies to the clouds




Gopal Lahiri



The vast copper sky
Stony silence of the night
Shower astral light.




Gopal Lahiri



Blush in low sunlight
Beetles exchange honeydew
With the tiny ants.




Susma Sharma Gurumayum



Protruding stomach
Kid looks at the snack vendor
Eyes full of hunger




Jonathan Patterson



winds clip our bare limbs
mohagony coffins close
sparrows sing their dirge




David Edwards



no sight of sunrise
no sound of the dawn breaking
no need to awake




John Daleiden



his raucous laughter
echoes through our memories?
balmy morning breeze




John Daleiden



the waters of spring
flood the meadows with blossoms?
walking the cows home




John Daleiden



returning wild geese
rest at the brim filled farm pond?
guano underfoot