Issue 54

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Issue 54

POETS

Agnew, Zach
Ashley, Allen
Balme, Kennard
Barnett, Sandra
Bennett, Jonathan
Bluestone, Sarvananda
Bruck, Ingrid
Christianson, Brent
Cottrell, Suzanne
Dimauro, Donald
Donovan, Frances
Fredeen, Art
German, Corinna
Harbrow, Jeff
Haslett, Mary
Head, Beverly
Hebior, Jacob
Jones, Sally
Kellison, Jared
Larson, Jody
Laughlin, Aubrey
Levine, Bruce
Lloyd, Maximilian
Maier, Carl
Mcalonan, Jen
Melton, Bill
Meyer, Dayna Jessie
Meyer, Donna
Mimski, Eliza
Moon, LeneƩ
Moore, Garth
Munoz, Faith
Reed Thieman, Shelly
Ripley, Adrian
Robinson, Samantha
Sakai, Suzanne
Shepherd, Karen
Shultz, David
Simpson, Sherry
Smartt, Leilani
Smith, Sarah
Smithwilson, Gabriel
Teague, Heather
Tristram, Hannah-rose
Tuggle, Billy
Tyrer, Dj
Valdez, Mary Kaye
Wegner, Adele
Werner, Erin
Zempel, Rachel





Bruce Levine




Fall retains its glow
Falling leaves and golden times
Followed by the snow





Bill Melton




air full of fragrance
all dressed up in pink array
mimosas in bloom





Kennard Balme




one thousand year flood
natures wetness drop by drop
unpredictable





Allen Ashley




Wooden garden swing.
Children grown-up, fly the nest;
Birds reclaim their perch.





Jeff Harbrow




First light opens up
a chorus of excitement.
Bright little song birds.





Beverly Head




new trash in alleys
swirling in the warm fall wind
paper cups dancing





Mary Kaye Valdez




I pick up paper,
and it's so blindingly blank,
but my mind isn't.





Heather Teague




Blinding yellow sun
Attempts to hide the faint moon.
Still, it is present.





Faith Munoz




mild Imperfection
innocently unaware
Tension tangled hair





Sally Jones




red bird minds nearby
stark against the crisp snow drifts
my late dad's spirit





DJ Tyrer




Clear sky, a chill breeze
Daffodils nodding sagely
Spring is a false dawn





Ingrid Bruck




perfect black berries
red hollyhocks and cherries
summer sun's children





Jacob Hebior




The white rock sits still
Its heart beating fast and loud
At the sight of Fox





Garth Moore




Every day we pass
long hair brushes brown shoulders-
what man does she see?





Zach Agnew




The silence shatters
As gulls cry out to the dawn,
Signaling first light.





Jared Kellison




Demented, that's me
Pretend that it's just a dream
Close your eyes, and scream





Art Fredeen




a tired rasp of leaf -
cold gust scattering blackbirds
into early night





Rachel Zempel




smoldering ember
a faint glow hidden beneath
charred logs and moonlight





Adele Wegner




grey noise of airplane
deep green cicada night song
synesthetic air





Leilani Smartt




Earth croaks three long times,
Morning sun rises and weeps
At the dirt of man





Sarvananda Bluestone




Furious wind chimes
Driven by the careless wind
Bang out their protest.





Dayna Jessie Meyer




Undocumented.
Suffocating stillness lies.
Embers of hope rise.





Jen McAlonan




Plumes of smoke rising
up from the leaf-covered ground
into the fall sky





LeneƩ Moon




Early morning sun
Gently emerging through fog
Calls, arise sweet earth





David Shultz




broken wing sparrow
flopping low along sidewalk-
green leaf in the wind





Eliza Mimski




Large emerald hands
Deep forest beneath our eyes
The sea is churning





Sarah Smith




Rusty gold is here,
everywhere, in my hair, in
your mild temperament





Donna Meyer




Yellow grasshopper
Regal, eschews tradition
Chooses not to hop





Mary Haslett




Hoofprints in the snow
Filling with the windblown flakes
Disappearing now





Samantha Robinson




Delicate woman,
Always touched in the wrong way,
Finally singing!





Carl Maier




Tutus swirl on high
A pas de deaux unfolding
clouds embrace sunlight





Jonathan Bennett




The sun stretches forth
to gather the moon's present
diamond covered Earth.





Erin Werner




Genuflect in awe
Prostrate to the grace of God
On my knees---for love





Hannah-Rose Tristram




Freshly dressed wounds. Words
cut deep, draw blood memories.
Grass sings nightmare song.





Aubrey Laughlin




stubborn hummingbird
insists on flying backwards
let go of the past





Shelly Reed Thieman




pair of owls night-dance
enfolding the balsam pine
snow embroidery





Donald DiMauro




I sift out the rock
And sling seed like a baseball
To witness new grass.





Karen Shepherd




limbs shed yellow leaves
dropping and shooting in wind
stars sit on sidewalks





Brent Christianson




Light blue morning sky
Oak branches frame a bright moon
Fallen rose petals





Suzanne Sakai




soft night rains brought out
the scent of lilacs, hushing
regret's stale clamor





Gabriel Smithwilson




fresh tea leaves dancing
with gusto through dull water
a flight of dragons





Billy Tuggle




Stabbed between shoulders
with no coat for protection
from winter assault





Sherry Simpson




Yelping coyotes
chase October's gibbous moon
Dog woofs softly, once





Adrian Ripley




Poppy moves quickly,
Chasing autumnal light play,
In the Peak twilight.





Suzanne Cottrell




Suspended halo
Ice crystals caress the moon
Frigid, hushed moon dogs





Frances Donovan




a half moon perches
in the sycamore's branches
light blooms on the hills





Maximilian Lloyd




moving the wet planks
pale calluses shred in palms
death is washed away





Jody Larson




clouds on the mountain
watching from my cottage door
I grip my teacup





Corinna German




cumulus clouds stalk
lupine's sun soaking petals
summer memory





Sandra Barnett




Japanese maple
leaves turn from green to amber . . .
bracing for winter