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Issue 32

POETS

AGNEW, ZACH
BARTLETT, LINBAR
BODE, AIDA
BOUNDS, SANDRA
BROWN, MANDY
BUTLER, MARK
CANCRO, THERESA
CATES, ANNA
CHAKRABORTY, SOUVIK
CHRISTINA, MARTHA
COWZER, ALLISON
CRANE, SHARI
DAS, NANDITA
DE DOMINICIS, TAMARA
DROZDA, NATALIE A.
DURICK, JERRY
DUTSAR, REBECCA
ESTHER, REINE D
GENTRY, SUSAN
HAGEN, ALEXANDER
HICKS, SCOTT
HILDEBRANDT, L. MAD
HOGAN, JULIA
IANNUCCI, NANCY
KATERINSKY, ALAN
KAUDERER, HERB
KEATON, REBEKAH
LEGORETE, WENDY
LORENSON, JOYCE
MELTON, BILL
MOORE, JENNIFER
RANALDI-ADAMS, VALENTINA
RIYEFF, JACOB
ROBINSON, JACKIE MAUGH
SAGE, HOWARD
SAMUELSON, AUDREY
SAWYER, MATT
SCHWEICKERT, CODY
SHANKAR, SHLOKA
SPAIN, JAMES W.
TATE, BARBARA
WEST, TYSON
WESTFALL, NOAH
WILSON, GLEN
WOODSIDE, ADDISON

James W. Spain



The evening dew on the blades of grass
Relieved of duty for another day
By the first ray of morning sun




Theresa Cancro



warmly, on the lattice
of my withering soul,
the sun's memories melt




Bill Melton



Neck feathers ruffle
From a high perch a dove sings
Plaintive mating call




Bill Melton



Gusting gale force wind
Ship busting waves, throwing spray
Wild Atlantic ride




Jackie Maugh Robinson



Receiving our been-there advice
She then does what she has to do
Until grief can turn to grateful




Wendy Legorete



circadian beat,
discount cacophonous heart,
who’s percussing still




Tamara De Dominicis



the first red bud
of my crabapple tree
a proud cardinal




Cody Schweickert



sever ropes
count clouds
drift south




Rebecca Dutsar



I have sung your name
into the empty belly of the ocean.
Forgive me.




Souvik Chakraborty



Nestled within
a hermetically sealed casket
your ruby red tears




Barbara Tate



the sun set in the Gulf
and sizzled a steamy afterglow
in dying ember




Jennifer Moore



I sang when you left,
scrubbed, purged, washed you from my hair,
shed you like a skin.




Mandy Brown



Garden blossoms droop
Like mandalas blown away
Change is permanent




Audrey Samuelson



Humid summer days
The trees heavy with apples
Snakes finding comfort in the tall grass




Reine D Esther



Grief of heart
These severed souls
Lest no blood be shed




Shloka Shankar



autumn breeze
the downward spiral
of a maple leaf




Natalie A. Drozda



You were ageless
and will always be
wind chimes in summer twilight




Martha Christina



Late Spring snow;
winter remaindered
into mittened hands.




Nancy Iannucci



What a trollop! Undressing
for all to see –silk
petals skirt a magnolia tree




Tyson West



doe in the mist
breath flumes
prints in the air




Tyson West



stars on a frog pond
shine upward to light
lanterns in the sky




Zach Agnew



An orange glow marks the way,
the final flickers of a fading streetlight,
guiding frightened footsteps home.




Nandita Das



Pearldrops of rain
sparkle like emerald
On velvet green grass




Jerry Durick



Sound
We hear highway from here
Like tinnitus or Muzak
its hum never goes away




Sandra Bounds



Sunset
Gold, red, and saffron tints
Smoldering glory




Sandra Bounds



Winter wounded trees
Wait patiently for healing
Spring's new gift of green




Scott Hicks



morning, mockingbird, and a stone
the bird's shadow
makes the cold stone colder




Shari Crane



Raven sings of limy jellybeans
Breeze feathers plastic
Whale mourns




Julia Hogan



My own worst failure— life
as a trespasser, eating fruits
I did not grow.




Matt Sawyer



negative feelings
permeate egregiously
bits of truth remain




James W. Spain



The hard rain
Gave way to a gentle patter
Until morning chased it away




Alexander Hagen



grease and sugar
better education and health
American graves spread over lifespans




Anna Cates



in dappled shade
beneath white dogwood bracts
a warbler worming




Herb Kauderer



metal capped bottle
filled with captured memories
of delicate scent




Valentina Ranaldi-Adams



pink sky at sunset
on a watercolor painting
imaginary breeze




Joyce Lorenson



atmospheric haze
another world beyond
the vanquished moon




Allison COwzer



A manifesto
To end austerity
Farewell to Winter




Alan Katerinsky



Twilight, perfumed woods.
Spring evening’s forest scent
beckons us onward.




Rebekah Keaton



She lived hymned, edging the lawn
and aerating the soil’s rich bed
where she planted bulbs, singing.




L. Mad Hildebrandt



Rainy season heat
Hot intense humidity
Sudden burst rains down




Aida Bode



Autumn is your toy,
my love, and I am the child
who can't play with it...




Linbar Bartlett



Tea for two
she sits waiting
one cup still empty




Addison Woodside



the tulips are dying
i'm fine
new won't stay




Susan Gentry



Thrown away, ignored
Time, sunshine, fresh air, healing
Inner strength restored




Susan Gentry



Soft summer breezes
memories of three sisters
now two against one




Howard Sage



Last April Darryl,
now dead, swept and smiled outside
the Village Cards store.




Noah Westfall



A breathtaking view
The cabin is a great place
Long road to the top




Jacob Riyeff



I sit smiling in a basement office
editing five centuries of psalter--
the world devouring my grateful heart.




Mark Butler



rain falls, wheat bows
ahead, stone walls
statues at prayer




Glen Wilson



In a world that tells you
not to show your hand,
he turns out his palms.