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Issue 46

POETS

AGNEW, ZACH
BATTLE, JUDY SHEPPS
BROWN, LAURA DEL COL
CASTALDI, ERIN
CATES, ANNA
CHAPMAN, JAKOB
COTTRELL, SUZANNE
COX, ZOOEY
DECKER, LAURIE
DICKSON, DAVID
EDWARDS, KAREN
FLANAGAN, MICHAEL
FOX, APRYL
FRANSON, JESSICA
GABRYSH, TYLER
GASPERSON, DONALD
HALE, ROBERT
HOUSTON, JEROME
HOWARD-HOBSON, JULEIGH
JAKOBSONS, CLARISSA
LEVINE, BRUCE
LIVINGS, EARL
LUPTON, ROBERT ALLEN
MACDONALD, JOHN
MALIK, VYOMI
MELTON, BILL
MILLER, SHELLY
MLODZIK, CAITLYN
MONTGOMERY , JENNIFER
NEWBERRY, MARTINA REISZ
OUTHIER, JAY
PAOLI, ALLISON
PECK, RACHEL
PELLA, PATRICIA
PLANKO, CHRISTA
POND, RACHEL
RATCLIFFE, MICHAEL
REDMAN, MARY
SAKAI, SUZANNE
SARGENT, ANGELA
SCHULZ, BRIAN
SHULTZ, DAVID
TABAKA, ANN CHRISTINE
TEAGUE, HEATHER
TIPTON, TIM
VAN VALIN, JOEL
VINSTRA, YVONNE
WALKER-LASS, DEBBIE
WERNER, ERIN
ZONE, MICHAEL

Caitlyn Mlodzik



Sitting at the edge, one paw in,
his tail wags and his sides quiver,
letting the water tap in greeting.




Martina Reisz Newberry



Tonight’s noisy winds
hand over the canyon’s dreams—
We’re all going a little mad.




Tyler Gabrysh



skittering pebbles on a glass pond
upsetting lily pads
exploding the watery moon




Robert Hale



Watching her sleeping
Night cries for her beauty
Dawn's dew is made of his tears




Zooey Cox



He fixed tape machines,
Called them his violet singers –
Echoes of old days.




John MacDonald



sparrow pushing off
a thin mulberry sapling -
branch and wing quiver




Yvonne Vinstra



The 1950s –
well-coiffed hair covered with hats,
white gloves on red nails.




Bruce Levine



enlightened enigma
pervades the temperance of time
holding moments against shadows




Michael Flanagan



senior class year book
the past returns in echos
of distant laughter




Bill Melton



on a gentle breeze
with pink and white blooms of silk
the mimosa nods




Robert Allen Lupton



Bright skies darken midday
shining diamond ring appears
birds applaud daylight’s return




Heather Teague



Love tastes like coffee with honey.
It will get you out of bed
when nothing else will.




Jerome Houston



Jack rabbit temper
stirs an old wild anger
thump thump thump goes the foot




Brian Schulz



Oaks sway at their trunks,
branches bare stretching skyward,
waving the wind on.




Laurie Decker



Casted lines, shimmering water
Tackle box full of tricks
Dad and daughter--sunburned




Joel Van Valin



White sky, ash tree branches
blossoming in my coffee cup—
even that darkness




Zach Agnew



Horizon lines shift
As sails and sea entwine
In an eternal embrace.




Debbie Walker-Lass



The Yellow dog is harmless
His scarred heart and mine, the same
Our haunted eyes click, release




Jakob Chapman



windowless light leaking
spun by silent spinners
burned to cinders




Angela Sargent



Leaves descend in fading kisses
Summer's last notes
A cacophony of endings




Shelly Miller



leaves crunch under foot
hopes and dreams dashed forever
mildew surrounds us




Christa Planko



Darkened, silent woods
A mouse stirs, rustling fall leaves –
Owl screech pierces night.




Donald Gasperson



a butterfly flutters by
elegant as a breeze
light as sunshine




Rachel Peck



dust fairies dance on
fractured rays, reflecting life
as it used to be




David Shultz



ghosts riding night bus
share seats with doppelgänger
window reflections




Michael Ratcliffe



Autumn wind, tall grass.
Empty flask on blanket.
Sun-dappled clarity.




Patricia Pella



sun veiled in magenta
spewed ash swallowing light
wildfire crescendo




Juleigh Howard-Hobson



A broken soul can never mend
The scars upon it tear and rend,
With every heartbeat, to the end.




Apryl Fox



In the quietness of the night
A lone nightingale breaks its song-
The moon shimmers on the dark water.




Erin Werner



Whittle away
The age-old hollow
Scars read like Braille




Erin Castaldi



fluorescent lights
white gurney sheet
bedrail spittle




Rachel Pond



rubescent lips
suggestive fragrance
abandoned innocence




Suzanne Cottrell



Pristine snowfall blankets the land.
Bare branches wear fluffy, white robes.
A red cardinal perches in an evergreen.




Jay Outhier



White trunk of the elm
levitating in darkness.
In daylight, dark roots.




Laura Del Col Brown



A moth climbs a glass sky
And tenderly covers the moon
With ragged wings.




Michael Zone



rescinding the abacus
high noon miracle debauchery
furious samsara emissions




Suzanne Sakai



tattooed tan bridesmaids,
smoking by the still lake's edge;
gowns of deep-zen plum




Jessica Franson



Swallow pills
Everyday-
Believe you are better.




Ann Christine Tabaka



The long fingers of night
reach out for evening
embracing her with velvet arms




Earl Livings



wind tunes
trees, wing-beats
and bone




Jennifer Montgomery



sea flees land
strange beauty in loss
intangible




Anna Cates



wild grape tangles
where the brook swells
our shadows fall




David Dickson



Laughing like a kid
Giddy excitement
The joy of conversing with daughters




Allison Paoli



A self-propelled tragedy
From her daydream plot
Verses felt by her alone




Judy Shepps Battle



Shivers of delight
baptize and violate
simultaneously




Karen Edwards



Reality twisted–
like a funhouse mirror
rearranged to suit your truths




Clarissa JAKOBSONS



Outside my window,
The lost cat mewls searching
Through cacti spears




Vyomi Malik



Aubergine dawn
Hopes bygone rise
Pawned to karma




Mary Redman



fallen tree
decays into ant city—
urban renewal




TIM TIPTON



You will find me tucked
inside your pocket, my love
where I'll be always.