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Issue 38

POETS

AGNEW, ZACH
BABB, TIFFANY
BALWIT, DEVON
CRATE, LINDA
D'ANGELO, NICHOLAS
DROZDA, NATALIE A.
FLANAGAN, MICHAEL
GENTRY, SUSAN
HEUSSER, ETHAN
JONES, CARLA
KAHLER, LEWIS
KAMP, LIANNE
KIERNAN, HILDE
KOZMA, JOSEPH J.
KULP, MICKEY
LOZADA, BELINDA
MCGREEVEY, JENNIFER
MCNEAL, KELLY
MELTON, BILL
MOTAIB, SAFIYYAH
MULLAN, DL
POND, RACHEL
PYNE, REBECCA
RAMIREZ, EMILY
RICE, TAMMIE
ROBINSON, JACKIE MAUGH
ROSSI, PATRICIA
RUSSELL, CAT
RYAN, M J P
SAM, DAVID ANTHONY
SCHMIDLIN, SUSAN
SCHUTTER, MARY R. P.
SCHWEICKERT, CODY
SMITH, ELIZABETH O.
SMITH, JENNIFER
SPAIN, JAMES W.
THOMPSON, RICHARD
TURNBULL, PEGGY
WELLS, JOE
WENGER, SARA
WEST, TYSON
WREN, PJ
ZONE, MICHAEL

Sara Wenger



new loss
snags like brambles–
thorns and tears




Nicholas D'Angelo



Colors drown
Fields are fallow
Heaven falls




Kelly McNeal



Passion illuminates your charm
The lure so irresistible
It masks the inherited pain




Susan Gentry



lightening flashes pain
thunder booming anger
no relief in sight

 




Bill Melton



death stands at the door
a quiet gentle whisper
"come, it's time to go"




Jennifer McGreevey



My daughter's body

should not be forced to replace

sons you sent to war.




Mary R. P. Schutter



Black velvet box
Inside, a diamond ring waits,
Pregnant with promises




Rachel Pond



dignified black ink
her name printed beneath prose
lasting remembrance




Zach Agnew



Wolves howl in mourning
Their cries search the empty sky
Longing for a familiar face




Joseph J. Kozma



A river of fears
Heading for the ocean`
Like any other silent stream




Belinda Lozada



Suffer in silence
Soul slain by sin
Shadow of my sorrow




Susan Schmidlin



Fog hugging the hillside
Kissing the treetops goodbye
With the rising sun of this new day




Patricia Rossi



huddled masses under black umbrella
torrential sobs
american flag draped on coffin




Cat Russell



the cloth blinding my eyes
banishes the light, though
my dreams sneak between the stitches




Lianne Kamp



Laughter crowds the hot May air
umbrella rainbows decorate the beach
winter washes away with the tide




Tyson West



plucking a white rose
she rides a pale horse
to my death bed




Peggy Turnbull



Pleasure:
an austere diet
interrupted by chocolate.




David Anthony Sam



The carillon has voices
the bells wring
from the silence of the wind.




Emily Ramirez



legs slick with honey
capture the moon’s reflection
safe nights spent alone




Jennifer Smith



Mountains afire with clouds
Rain weeps, smothers flames
Sun eclipsed by haze




Jackie Maugh Robinson



dashing down
still warm thoughts
of a fading dream




Jackie Maugh Robinson



lavender primroses
with sun-yellow hearts
how callow we were




Tiffany Babb



Break me into the pieces I need
to build something
magnificent.




PJ Wren



Moon on the bloom
of the dogwood. Abundant
cross, nail, crown




PJ Wren



look on the still pond
the heart twists, a hooked fish
red petals drop




Michael Flanagan



bright spring day
shepherd with her little ones
dreaming of clover




Joe Wells



Leaves slowly unfurl
like neonate eyelids,
waking up to spring.




Cody Schweickert



naked feet plunge
winepress oak-tub
grape guts burst & bleed




Carla Jones



A dog in long grass
rolls over, over, over
thankful for the touch




Rebecca Pyne



Buds burst, sap rises.
New leaves greet the spring sunshine.
The trees are laughing.




Rebecca Pyne



Whispering through trees
that have not yet shed their leaves.
Busy autumn wind




Elizabeth O. Smith



hope beads like sweat,
on the palms of a sinner,
facing freedom’s broken fence




Lewis Kahler



Breath of early spring
she rises
window cracked and cold




Ethan Heusser



You return to your old Home
They welcome you with two smiles
They give you the guest towels




DL Mullan



grand, green grasshopper
sing me your ballad of love
harmonize my soul




Mickey Kulp



The deer sniffs, seeking
Me, perplexed. Invisible,
I am like a ghost.




Hilde Kiernan



floating
on the breeze- dragonflies
dream of being dragons




Natalie A. Drozda



A road seeker
with undisguised passion
forges a godlike naked story




Tammie Rice



perfect statues, you float,
crinolines mid-flounce, between
notes of music I cannot hear




Linda Crate



silver dreams
and spinning leaves
announce autumn.




Linda Crate



white whispers of feathers
fall gently into the pond
lotuses of a different design.




M J P Ryan



Piles of russet leaves
Belly full, heartbeat slowing
time to hibernate




Devon Balwit



lashed to fear’s juggernaut
a crush of bodies
oppressed on all sides




Nicholas D'Angelo



Numberless worries
Every step painful
Agony in timelessness




Richard Thompson



A silver ribbon dances,
disappears. The river
changes, so do we.




Safiyyah Motaib



there are people who work
who water the street lamp flowers
with hooked hoses




Mary R. P. Schutter



I float through a hazy, unknown world
until a gentle voice pulls me home
"You should get your affairs in order."




Patricia Rossi



unexpected caller gently knocks
church bells toll
heaven's gate creaks open




James W. Spain



I want to be loved and remembered.
Though I now sleep for eternity
I too once lived …




Michael Zone



mind in flight crashes
great are the myths
rainbow phoenix ascendance