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Issue 9



Authors

Anand, Ramesh
Antebi, Debbi
Bartz, Bradley
Beltran, Lark
Boone, Randy
Bounds, Sandra
Campbell, Colin
Dano, Helen
Dow, Jean Hagert
Franklin, Charles
Gibbs, J.
Gilchrist, Stephen
Gilsdorf, Richelle
Gontijo, Youngshim
Head, Beverly
Hivner, Christopher
Holland, Sarah
Horn, Alex
Jones, Paco
Kosler, Sonja
Liu, Chen-ou
Manus, Grady
Moniz, Christopher
Mooradian, Marguerite
Pella, Patricia
Polk, Douglas
Popiel, Kristina
Rivera, Maria
Rycroft, Thomas
Znaidi, Ali




Randy Boone



spawning salmon leap
glisten silver in mid-air
slice downwind, upstream




Chen-ou Liu



a gravesite at dusk...
he speaks to the stone angel
in his mother tongue




Chen-ou Liu



The Spring of My Life
holds up my basement window
reciting Issa




Chen-ou Liu



winter moon in shards
a smell of wine lingering
on the attic floor




Beverly Head



early afternoon
swirling butterfly deluge
no umbrella here




Beverly Head



perhaps we will kiss
again when the summer rains
nourish our passion




Debbi Antebi



bundled love letters
from two long summers ago
pushed back on a shelf




Debbi Antebi



rainy afternoon
walking behind the coffin
each step miles long




Douglas Polk



open arms aching,
hugging her not possible,
sadness fills my heart.




Douglas Polk



I still hear her voice,
but only within my mind ,
in my soul silence.




Douglas Polk



seizures day to day,
the fear and sorrow endless,
the heart pleads for rest,




Marguerite Mooradian



hot thick air inside
napping on the couch, shirts match
the upholstery




Marguerite Mooradian



forgot sleep again
words come sluggish in this fog
Sis, will you listen?




Patricia Pella



one tiny pilgrim
answering an ancient call
hummingbird arrives




Colin Campbell



new leaves crowd old trees
dance together in the sun
soon to fall to earth




Stephen Gilchrist



raindrops fall on silk
petals, green stalks grow turgid;
for spring, they struggle.




Paco Jones



Cherry tree blossoms
As death comes around again
She waves gracefully




Helen Dano



Summer oppressed spring
forced her cherry blossoms down
staining ground deep pink




Patricia Pella



in a dark season
the soft sounds of angel wings
wrapping the wounded




Ali Znaidi



autumnal winds blow
trees harmoniously sway
choreography




Ali Znaidi



a flock of pigeons
rain and white feathers mingle
peace waters the world




Maria Rivera



Sun is full of light
but it can become so dark
eclipsing my life




Maria Rivera



No sleep, one big thought
so worried time has gone by
where will I end up




Helen Dano



Over-grown jasmine
obstructs walkway. He has passed.
Dried petals scattered.




Kristina Popiel



a white sun sets in
the ruined Colosseum,
in buds pink in snow




Kristina Popiel



the cat is stretching,
yawning like a day lily,
reaching out with claws




Sandra Bounds



Spring's green vibrato
Earth rises from Winter's tomb
symphony of hope




J. Gibbs



high flying airplane
feet grounded miles away
spring brings thoughts of change




J. Gibbs



past dug up turns to
present headache turmoil
best to learn from trees




Patricia Pella



baby sandpiper
skittering through ebbing tide -
mother's wings tremble




Grady Manus



redtail hawk sits, blinks
mouse scuttles, gathering seeds
? somewhere a heart breaks




Grady Manus



skeletal trees weep
world wrapped in cold bleak winter
? my heart walks alone




Grady Manus



frost covers the earth
a lady draped in fine lace
beautiful and cold




Sarah Holland



restless nights, jade lit
autumn winds blow tattered cloud
across moon spirit




Thomas Rycroft



the black butterflies
startled, they vacate their trees-
blocking the sunlight




Alex Horn



Oh shimering moon
How wonderful you so are
Lighting my dark path




Christopher Hivner



rain on rusted tin
tapping a message to me
a day lost in thought




Christopher Hivner



dazzling lights in sky
Jupiter outshines them all
planetary pride




Christopher Hivner



grass between my toes
one of summer's lazy treats
taking me back home




Christopher Moniz



Standing skeletons
Life hidden among the stands
Dense canopies lost




Bradley Bartz



The morning breaks fast
And fades away just as quick
Leaving only night




Jean Hagert Dow



move into the wind
sprint back if you can not see
the red running board




Ramesh Anand



almost spring twilight...
to be parents, in silence
on the green park swing




Youngshim Gontijo



If only the wind
would catch me and turn this fall
into it's embrace




Richelle Gilsdorf



sprouting from your plot
of eternal rest, daisies
decorate your bed




Richelle Gilsdorf



grass clippings collect
in the letters of your name,
with?ring with you now




Charles Franklin



In summer's delight,
Sky's old quarrels with Earth fade
into warm embrace




Charles Franklin



Eyes closed to the world
the Buddha statue still smiles
aware of it all




Lark Beltran



Minnow that is man
probes inside the cosmic whale,
seeking head and tail.




Sonja Kosler



legs sway lazy arcs
toes launch lunar light adrift
drowsy midnight lake