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Issue 42

POETS

AGNEW, ZACH
ALSBURY, KATE
ANDERSEN, KEVIN
AYLSWORTH, PEGGY
BARNHART, SAMUEL
CAMPBELL, COLIN
CASTALDI, ERIN
CHILICAS, EVE
CHRISTINA, MARTHA
CIPRIANO, LORRAINE
COTTRELL, SUZANNE
DAVITT, DEBORAH
DECKER, LAURIE
DICKSON, JULIE
EDWARDS, KAREN
FAGAN, DEIRDRE
FAHEY, MARY CRANE
FLANAGAN, MICHAEL
FRANCOEUR, RENEE
FROELICH, MOLLY
GENTRY, SUSAN
HATTER, SHASTA
HOTALING, SCOTT
KANE, REBECCA
KINGSTON, MAUREEN
KOZMA, JOSEPH J.
LUCAS, DAVID
MARICI, SALVATORE
MELTON, BILL
MILLER, DEAN
MILLER, SHELLY
NIELSEN, AYAZ DARYL
OLSON, REBECCA
PATTISON, ALLISON
PECK, RACHEL
PIUDIK, JACLYN
ROSSI, PATRICIA
SAM, DAVID ANTHONY
SARGENT, ANGELA
SAUVAGE ANGEL, KELLY
SCHENCK, BILL
VASQUEZ, EMILIANO
VENTRESCA, CYNTHIA
WASILEWSKI, NELLS
WHITE, ANDY
WING, DAWN
WYATT, ANDREA
WYATT, TERESA
ZONE, MICHAEL

Kevin Andersen



Earth’s nuclear wasteland
here, a cockroach crawling by -
a lone survivor.




Susan Gentry



Words stuck in silence
time lost in grudges
without you I found myself




Bill Melton



crystalline feathers
surreptitiously creep
on frosty window




Zach Agnew



Clouds take flight,
Unable to face
The winds ferocious roar




Andrea Wyatt



fill the old deep freeze
rockfish by rockfish
till the season ends




David Anthony Sam



Sails unfurled to a ragged wind,
the sloop curves into red disappearance–
the world edge just another destination.




Michael Flanagan



one room school house
nestled among the sunflowers
echoes of laughter




Lorraine Cipriano



Drumming on her skin
shaman stories explain it
mystical evening




PEGGY AYLSWORTH



Under the heavy sky
the tears invaded
through the walls.




Allison Pattison



look upon the blue-
striped watch slung upon her wrist
ticks incessantly




Julie Dickson



Silent clock face solemn
The broken pendulum is unmoved
Passage of time ignored




Suzanne Cottrell



Grazing in Yellowstone
Wild buffalo herds
Symbols of times past




Ayaz Daryl Nielsen



heard
in silence
an ending




Dawn Wing



half-broken red chair
on sidewalk, sitting alone
it's fate uncertain




Renee Francoeur



old red
handled rolling pins
sweating butter beads




Maureen Kingston



calving sounds
the glacier
cries uncle




Karen Edwards



Stark winter sky–
sun does defy my
sad cry for warmth.




Scott Hotaling



An unexpected beginning
Beautifully fragile
Irresistibly raw




Mary Crane Fahey



Stargazing blue spikes
Call in gossamer whispers
Butterflies alight




Rebecca Kane



bees floating
silk flowers lying on headstones
moon lingering in noon sky




Kelly Sauvage Angel



weekend’s promise
amid the piles of laundry
a long winter’s nap




Bill Schenck



Gray cranes unhinge from bleak shoreline,
rising up through snow
falling like ashes.




Andy White



Ravens stand guard
Watching over the Tower—
London's unkindness.




Cynthia Ventresca



Moon-slivered stillness,
pregnant ground stirs --
wakened by cries of winter dying.




Salvatore Marici



Knotted knuckles limit her grip
on fork she prods
yellowed bubble of poached egg.




Shasta Hatter



A gaggle of children
clattering from seat to seat
cheerful chaos for our commute.




Erin Castaldi



Gathered petals
Clump beside cold stone
Engraved goodbyes




Patricia Rossi



veil of eternal peace
drapes the soul
departure...imminent




Colin Campbell



orbs of caviar
gems of the caspian sea
each a mother's loss




Rebecca Olson



the mist in the cattails
whir of duck backwinging
iridescent feather floats away




Rachel Peck



Perfume in the wind—
loose tendrils of memory transport me
back in time to mother.




Michael Zone



draped in cinder
my flamingo lips tell
of no lips- pummell and tear




Jaclyn Piudik



Skeleton coral
A fingerpainting stuck to the sky
Some autumns are combustible




Shelly Miller



chocolate melting
sensitive flowers blossom
avalanche of love




Laurie Decker



My skin breaks out in loathsome tears,
My lungs beg for a cooling breath.
The haze of summer never clears.




Susan Gentry



Dense fog between us
spotty memories on bare branches
forest of broken hearts at dawn




Samuel Barnhart



Time races itself
When reflecting our future
Mirrors hide nothing




Kate Alsbury



A foreign sound -
ravages the land below
breaking the tranquil mind of Fate.




Deborah Davitt



Asteroids tumbling:
anonymous gray
seeds of creation.




Teresa Wyatt



Country cabins, pretty curtains
Peaceful bliss, pine smells
Smoke fills air, love walks in




Molly Froelich



supermoon eclipse
held my clenched hand and led me
gently into Fall




Deirdre Fagan



You sacrifice your grief like a meatball,
the last one, to your daughter, four,
who is still hungry - needing more




Emiliano Vasquez



My mantra from the Mountains-
Affirmation of the Oceans
Incessantly calling to venture beyond




Martha Christina



Steady wind lifts
curtain ruffles;
inhale, exhale.




Eve Chilicas



I fall like misted rain
and whisper like freesias
in the swooning winds of Spring.




Dean Miller



Beauty of Nature
Captured in a moment's glance
Changes instantly




David Lucas



empty realm of blue
lectures on laws of love and loss
to a dreamer in a graveyard




Nells Wasilewski



flirtatious embrace
a wave curls around my foot
your touch lingers still




Joseph J. Kozma



Lilacs on the go
Rootless trees sing lullaby
Sunrise on its way




Angela Sargent



NightFlowers bloom at dusk
Watered by salt and longing
Glowing in the moonlight