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Issue 58



Authors

Abraham, Elazar
Aspiras, Desiree
Averett, Ayndria
Barnes, Wayne
Barnett, Sandra
Brown, Clare
Cherry, Jennifer
Churchill, Sef
Cottrell, Suzanne
Depaul, Maria
Ebersohn, Jen
Eustice, Isaac
Flanagan, Michael
Furst, Jeffrey Daniel
Galea, Maria
Hemmell, Russell
Hermann, Jeremy
Hitri, Mark
Howell, Rebecca
Ianni, Jerry G.
Krajewska, Agnieszka
Larson, Jody
Laussmann, Melissa
Levine, Bruce
Lipton, Madeline
Lynch, Louise
Madura, Dawn
Malik, Vyomi
Martens, Barbara
Mcquillen, Kent
Melton, Bill
Merchant, Diane
Meyers, Briann
Montgomery, Jennifer
Moore, Andrew
Moritz, Dianne
Ochsenfeld , George
Ozaki, Gwen
Pavick, Emily
Qureshi, Maryam
Ruth-killgore, Chanacee
Ryan, Lucy
Smith, Kael
Smothers, Shirley
Stansfield, Sharon
Thomas, Sarah
Turner, Josslyn
Verlaine, Rp
Zapalska, Anna




Jerry G. Ianni



Two sharp blasts of wind,
Bringing fierce chills to the bones,
Summer is long gone.




Josslyn Turner



faded stars above
streetlights and lovers downtown
night of love and art




Jeffrey Daniel Furst



Wash sin from his soul
Dipped into a river stream
Born into a lie




Jen Ebersohn



Willow trees in light
and shade. Bow to the new day.
Ash of creation.




Maria Galea



Iridescent spheres
Caressed and spun by the breeze
Ephemeral strength




Dawn Madura



Winter breathes so long,
spring whispers after darkness,
an encore not far.




George Ochsenfeld



self-educated
the water buffalo knows
the rocky road home




Madeline Lipton



Rainy day unfolds
Soaking landscapes aplenty
Dreams and schemes still yearn




WAYNE BARNES



We marry in spring
Petals falling on threshold
Blossoms crown above




Desiree Aspiras



wet honeysuckles -
behind, the bay has vanished
in gray rain and fog




Gwen Ozaki



lost in my daydreams
I catch my breath at your touch
eternities fade




Elazar Abraham



Drift in willow's weep,
Steeping in a bristling stream.
Intersections shift.




Anna Zapalska



Unwritten thoughts run
Away and vanish like birds-
They lose their feathers




Sandra Barnett



scarlet cardinals
forage and fight in sunlight
no sound much fury




Vyomi Malik



Turquoise feathers glint
Contemplating their kingdom
Jewels of the Lake




Chanacee Ruth-Killgore



Guilt pulls me under.
Words float up, die on my tongue.
Silent this abyss.




Bill Melton



roadside primroses
politely wave, passing car
unnoticed, alone




Michael Flanagan



deer season predawn
I pray the skill to bring death
and win forgiveness




Sarah Thomas



Early spring sunshine
Resilient daffodils
Defying the frost




Jennifer Montgomery



grove of fallen trees
blackened roots curl towards the sky
seeking permanence




Clare Brown



A budding flower
Born of callous sunlight's eye
Bearing august fruit




Melissa Laussmann



Enchanted nightfall
Starlit sky and crescent moon
Too dreamy for sleep




Andrew Moore



Life spent wallowing
like a pig in the image
I keep of myself




Shirley Smothers



Words flowing from mind
Touching people I don't know
Hoping to inspire




Rp Verlaine



Wife's whip leaving marks
his eyes fixated upon
his mother's picture.




Jody Larson



one sweet gardenia
bursts forth this late March morning
promising summer




Kael Smith



Counting the orange peels
Piled upon my dirty desk...
Vacation ended.




Maryam Qureshi



Cold winter evening
Cardinal on snowy bough...
Truly feeling blue




Diane Merchant



Breathless leaves curling
stolen from the bending bough
no time for goodbye




Agnieszka Krajewska



Crow stops on the lamp
Polishes his beak against
The sharp blue heavens




Bruce Levine



Only the wind knows
Blowing through leaves and branches
Passages of time




Isaac Eustice



To see holiness
Shining through each poor moment
Brings heaven to earth




Louise Lynch



walking in the fog
steps ahead, the dog dissolves
the red leash remains




Briann Meyers



Bright orange bobber
bouncing, floating, and sinking
a meal, two lives, gone




Dianne Moritz



night blooming jasmine
savors silky, hushed moonlight
scents soft summer nights




Rebecca Howell



single orchid plant
encircled in a glass jar
bibles all around




Sandra Barnett



magenta redbuds
planted on a landscaped hill
shunned by chickadees




Emily Pavick



in winter, we sleep
tomorrow brings nourishment
our spring attunement




Jeremy Hermann



perhaps it was too
easy to tell you that you
needed to be free.




Lucy Ryan



bleached clean like the bones
passed down between the branches
seen with mother's eyes




Sef Churchill



Books crack wintry-wide.
Mushroom pages spreading spores:
Words drift like fungus.




Sharon Stansfield



Contentedly watch
Determined squirrels planting
Tomorrow's forests




Jennifer Cherry



Crickets trill half notes
fingers light on bow and strings
midnight violin




Ayndria Averett



A flag in the wind,
Half mast for dead soldiers still
Singing battle hymns




Russell Hemmell



burning horizons
shooting stars, electric rain
- cretaceous magic




Barbara Martens



the smell of chestnuts
roasting - on the cool sea mist
assaults my senses




Maria DePaul



Seashore turtle clutch
Tight knit family unit
Hatchling swims away




Kent McQuillen



state park before dawn
homeless man sleeps in restroom
his smart phone charges




Mark Hitri



when I close my eyes
in the rocking chairs creaking
my grandmother's voice




Suzanne Cottrell



Spring rains replenish
Droplets sparkle in sunlight
Mudslide closes road