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Issue 57



Authors

Balme, Kennard
Barnett, Sandra
Butner, Renee
Ciopryna, Cassie
Cipriano, Lorraine
Cottrell, Suzanne
Crowe, Whitney
Cunningham, Sara
Drobot, Ana
Dybowski, Deborah
Eckstine, Kirk
Ellison, Emily
Feil, Michael
Gaines, Chasity
Gentry, Susan
Hatter, Shasta
Head, Beverly
Jacobson, Roberta Beach
Jones, Paul
Kamp, Lianne
Kane, Rebecca
Kirouac, Debra
Laussmann, Melissa
Levine, Bruce
Liebert, Elisabeth
Macinnes, Idynne
Maulsby, Dennis
Mclintock, David
Miller, William
Monahan Brown, Ricky
Moore, Andrew
Moyer, Daria
Paoli, Allison
Pond, Rachel
Ponnambalam, Sybil
Poulin, Robert Henry
Robinson, Jackie Maugh
Skala, George
Smith, Erica J
Spitzenberger, Ray
Stice, Lisa
Tambone, Mark A.
Thomas, Sarah
Tristram, Hannah-rose
Tulin, Mark
Vance, Marcus
Wasilewski, Nells
Werner, Erin
Wilson, Juliet
Zedalis, Jackie




Susan Gentry



Long ago shadows
fade to lonely silhouettes
filtering today




David McLintock



a wet pink balloon
bounces down the estate path
trailed by merry laughs




Hannah-Rose Tristram



In the still of night,
heart's beat and body's base sounds
like a distant rave




Paul Jones



Indestructible
the youthful heart knows no fear
until its first break




Allison Paoli



Watching patiently
He, on the edge of his seat
At last, she awoke




Nells Wasilewski



honking geese fly north
winter melt begins-spring comes
one drip at a time




Emily Ellison



the moon's scythe has cleaved
the pregnant lake to reveal
an indigo lust




Jackie Zedalis



A frog in the porch-
trying to escape the cold
Finding no relief




Andrew Moore



Walking this old place
smells and sounds prepare my mind
for fragile topics




Cassie Ciopryna



Peppermint mocha;
our lips tingle with softness.
Caffeine-triggered kiss.




William Miller



black and white flashes
chickadee is never still
too fast to be prey




Ricky Monahan Brown



broken blackbird hops ---
through industrial estate
to postage stamp green




Daria Moyer



Low tide on the breeze
Sun inches up with promise
Salt troubles old wounds




Sarah Thomas



Twilight cools the earth
wind chimes tremble and shimmer
a new moon rises.




Erica J Smith



While on fallen ice
Tires wrestle midnight roads-
An impatient lure




Michael Feil



starlight gazing down
a thousand kisses landing
our souls are glowing




Shasta Hatter



sudden wind rises
tiny, silver ripples dance
across city pond




Whitney Crowe



Flotsam and jetsam,
and the broken, floppy bits.
I am so much more.




Bruce Levine



Feelings overwhelm
Driving forces moving on
Taking roads unplanned




Kennard Balme



moss covered ant bed
greening the hiding queen's home
lawn mowers look out




Renee Butner



blue violet clouds
dipped in fuchsia finger paint
endless stretch of road




Ana Drobot



winter afternoon -
the white carnations blooming
behind my paintbrush




Lorraine Cipriano



Her earthly delights
eighteenth-century poems
enchanting jasmine




Chasity Gaines



Moonbeams shimmer soft
Cicadas serenade dawn
Warm breeze caresses




Sybil Ponnambalam



my first Texas spring
nature napped, yawned brown dust bloom
rebirth of rebirth




Jackie Maugh Robinson



jumbo strawberries
quite near yet beyond my reach
snowbound sweet dreaming




George Skala



My soft, bated breath
Gasps against her contoured cheek
Sprouting red poppies




Suzanne Cottrell



Snow-covered pansies
Insulated from harsh cold
Fitly re-emerge




Marcus Vance



A chill wind brings tears
Nothing brings light to the heart
Like a happy dog




Elisabeth Liebert



eight snowy egrets
fish in the Bayou Pierre
glass, cans, a car door




Roberta Beach Jacobson



breeze intensifies
fluttering daisy petals
- whirlwind of delight




Erin Werner



Leaden anchor heart
Afloat for now, but drowning
Silent SOS




Beverly Head



the dream is the same
daddy planting ghost peppers
too early in spring




Mark A. Tambone



Drink like buffalo
Prehistoric beasts in rows
Only grains have changed




Robert Henry Poulin



sad loon's tremolo:
chain migration restricted
across the border




Dennis Maulsby



Blonde girl's earbuds throb,
Heavy metal guitar chokes,
peppery cymbals.




Sandra Barnett



evergreen leaning
pointing forever eastward
notched by wanderers




Melissa Laussmann



slowly ascending
moonlight above Mount Fuji
this path leads me home




Juliet Wilson



overgrown garden -
your wife's cookbook unopened
since her early death




Rachel Pond



somber Friday night
raindrops trickle from the roof
bare streets glistening




Ray Spitzenberger



still a chill, sun bright
snows have packed their flakes and left
bright smiles welcome spring




Idynne MacInnes



Billowing white sheets
grow tame beneath the dark clouds
as the rain comes clean




Lisa Stice



out of the sand, here,
a marigold, close petaled,
in this place, it grew




Debra Kirouac



The trees are naked,
Bereft of leaves, winter's curse
Yet birds are singing




Sara Cunningham



The sun's touch, a hand.
Against your cheek, an imprint.
A shattering song.




Deborah Dybowski



purple iris blooms
sprinkled with tiny dewdrops
outside my window




Lianne Kamp



afternoon mourning
coffin lowered in the ground
dishes fill the sink




KIRK ECKSTINE



A fading flower,
losing color, vibrancy.
Youth's passion grows dim




Mark Tulin



I am lost ashore
Waiting to return to sea
Heavy, sallow, raw.




Rebecca Kane



three-thirty school bus
our kids long gone to college
dog waits at front door