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Issue 59



Authors

Baldwin, Robert
Balme, Kennard
Barnett, Sandra
Bjotvedt, Connor
Botta, Nancy
Clarke, Lee
Cottrell, Suzanne
Dawson, Jessica
Depaul, Maria
Dickson, Julie
Farr, Jeff
Flanagan, Michael
Gaines, Chasity
Galea, Maria
Gentry, Susan
George, Brian
Georgevich, Sam
Green, Beverly
Handler, Samuel
Hatter, Shasta
Hause, Brittany
Head, Beverly
Hill, Greg
Hitri, Mark
Larson, Jody
Laussmann, Melissa
Levine, Bruce
Lipton, Madeline
Loughnane, Andrew
Malik, Vyomi
Mcdonald, Jolene
Mcquillen, Kent
Melton, Bill
Mueller, Tim
Munoz Jr., Ismael
Nakjavani, Jeanne
Pond, Rachel
Priestnall, Jack
Rafferty, Charles
Reese, Alan C.
Roman, Enrique
Rossi, Patricia
Scully, Ron
Segundo, Nolo
Smothers, Shirley
Urpi, Nickolas
Wasilewski, Nells
Zedalis, Jackie
Zimbler, Larry




Enrique Roman



She has been replaced.
Like the splinter of winter.
She retains her edge.




Nickolas Urpi



mercy is reserved
for those who have kept their life -
sulking snow at dusk




Larry Zimbler



daily dues and don'ts
apple pear two care nowhere
variants of you




Greg Hill



far side of the bed,
the little dog's little breath
where you used to lie




Samuel Handler



Lady standing there
you with the big umbrella
watch out for my eye




Jack Priestnall



Church bells fall silent.
News reads: another attack.
Innocent suffer.




Robert Baldwin



Drooping sunflowers,
Struggle to lift once proud heads.
Tired by success.




Ismael Munoz Jr.



Weeping for the lost
Mourning for those who have passed
Life is so precious




Jeanne Nakjavani



The woodpecker drums
On the aging maple tree
A long lost message?




Brittany Hause



petrichor at dawn...
waving from the puddled earth
soft caecilians




Charles Rafferty



A cluttered basement -
the flood confirms we needed
none of what we had.




Mark Hitri



the clouds move one way
and the leaves in another
family picnic




Maria Galea



Life wanes, hope dwindles,
Imprisoned by exhaustion -
No chance of parole.




Brian George



Spring rains beat the ground
As flowers escape through cracks
In their asphalt tombs.




Tim Mueller



leaf bud and blossom
the pulse of living returns
thought word and action




Sam Georgevich



Orange and mellow,
Festive for the holiday,
A strong tradition.




Suzanne Cottrell



Top down, hair blowing
Cruising along country roads
Unexpected storm




Bill Melton



morning fog retreats
leaves behind sparkling jewels
on the cobweb strands




Nancy Botta



Brown curls wild and free
he roars under the hot sun,
king of the playground.




Alan C. Reese



Snow falls on Mt. Hope
In the mirror the old face
Looking back is me.




Jolene McDonald



Purple flowers bloom,
The moon watches them at night,
Moonlight keeps them safe.




Susan Gentry



wild honeysuckle
entice butterflies and bees
on pasture fences




Susan Gentry



female attraction
incessant male mating choir
cicada debut




Andrew Loughnane



city streets buzzing
packages picked up, then dropped
bike messenger life




Julie Dickson



Muggy summer air
Any thought of breeze is stalled
Trees dream of swaying




Beverly Green



Match stick; sand paper
Scrape together, spark, and flame
A kiss in summer




Jeff Farr



Sweat trickles freely
A slalom down hairy arms
Without sleeves exposed




Chasity Gaines



drowning in a flood
salty tears burn eyes rimmed red
torrential downpour




Nolo Segundo



The orchids dazzle,
beauty stealing air and sun--
some unknown painter




Shasta Hatter



unfamiliar sun
neighbors chat about roses
new warmth on our skin




Lee Clarke



Oh, Enlightened One
Teach me how to see the truth
In the Autumn Grass




Ron Scully



harmless heat lightning
seals the lakeside horizon
fishing reel recoils




Maria DePaul



Sudden gusts of wind
Portend a Summer downpour
Lightning splits an oak




Melissa Laussmann



thunderstorm brewing
rain tapping at my window
the tea kettle hums




Shirley Smothers



The dewy grass glints
Sun's radiant rosy touch
As dawn awakens




Sandra Barnett



rainstorm approaching
chipmunks forage in dark mulch
mourning doves take flight




Beverly Head



butterflies play tag
in and out the backyard bush
the yellow one wins




Kennard Balme



rejoice in her love
of moonbeams and church steeples
learning what you know




Kent McQuillen



pollinators buzz
rhododendron blooms ablaze
summer coming soon




Vyomi Malik



Summer visitor
Sipping juicy clementines
Verdant feathers hum




Jessica Dawson



tiger eye sunrise
little emerald sailboat
meeting together




Madeline Lipton



Cactus garden blooms
Thorny greens, yellow wonders
Willy-Nilly charm




Nells Wasilewski



Heavy clouds spit rain
strong winds creating havoc
mother nature's rant




Michael Flanagan



like wandering souls
cottonwood seeds surround us
as we make our way




Patricia Rossi



wind swept summer storm
dogwood tree in full blossom
pink petal cascade




Jody Larson



Love is not fragile
or tender. Love hoists boulders,
bursts dams, uproots trees




Connor Bjotvedt



Rough water, summer
Spring. The splashing of children.
Tanning old women.




Rachel Pond



sunshine, lemonade
ants find the watermelon
afternoon picnic




Bruce Levine



Breezes in the trees
Testify to happiness
Once again renewed




Jackie Zedalis



In the midst of night
Moonlight shines over the trees
Branches whispering