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Issue 55

POETS

ALLEN, JOSHUA
ANDERSON, DUANE
BANASH, MATTHEW
BRAMATTI, BAXTER
CAMPBELL, CHARLES
CASEY, CAROL
CHILICAS, EVE
COTTRELL, SUZANNE
CURRO, STEPHEN
DECKER, LAURIE
DEPAUL, MARIA
DERANLEAU, SARAH
DIMACALI, DIDIMAY
ELYSHEVITZ, ALAN
EUSTICE, ISAAC
FAHEY, MARY CRANE
FLANAGAN, MICHAEL
FLAVIN, FRANCIS
FORD, SARAH
GENTRY, SUSAN
GUNN, MARY
HAMLIN, ANDREW
HATTER, SHASTA
HUNT, ROBERT
JAMES, HANI
JOHNSON, ALVIN
KILLGORE, C L
LAGE, KELLI
LANZO, DOUGLAS
LAUSSMANN, MELISSA
LAVENDER, NATE
LEVINE, BRUCE
MANNEN, MICHAEL
MATTA, RICHARD
MCOMBER, KARL
MELTON, BILL
MICHALSKI, PENNY
NIELSEN, AYAZ DARYL
PELLA, PATRICIA
ROSSI, PATRICIA
SCHULZ, BRIAN
SCHWARTZ, GREG
SCHWEICKERT, CODY
SMITH, KAITLYN
SMITH, MANDI
SPINKS, RANDALL
SPITZENBERGER, RAY
STAMATIS, STEVEN
STATON, VALERIE
ZEMPEL, RACHEL

Andrew Hamlin



Killing a fly
with my Diet Coke bottle
passes for news




Eve Chilicas



shooting stars
and dancing carp
along the river of dreams.




Karl McOmber



Sing with me now you wingless butterfly;
You steel breeze of loving malice.
Fly with me, you voiceless sparrow.




Randall Spinks



Brook no thought.
Clear water curves
over rock.




Sarah Deranleau



Fragrant, cool wind blows
stirs the leaves, kisses my cheek.
Grandma says hello.




Bruce Levine



Passing time in an empty space
Filling moments in a perpetual haze
Waiting on the precipice of reality




Steven Stamatis



We don a mask over our mask,
drawing a curtain over the veil,
aching and arching ears expand.




Carol Casey



The pouring out of words upon a page,
not pretty, but honest
escapees from a restless mind.




Ray Spitzenberger



yule tree in Texas
blinking lights revealing gifts
daughter stuck in Queens




Suzanne Cottrell



Sheltered at home during the pandemic
Time for homemade crafts and baked goods
Tis the year for social distance gifting




Ayaz Daryl Nielsen



perhaps a new mirror
this one reflects
last year's fool




Duane Anderson



Wrapping paper
gifts in disguise
a case waiting for Sherlock Holmes.




Alvin Johnson



No presents this year,
just thoughts of one another,
with genuine love.




Susan Gentry



Leaves fall silently in cold autumn rain
scent of feasts escape noisy tables
memories flicker of many now gone




Charles Campbell



The big holly tree bursts now with berries,
soon to celebrate Christmas day with us,
and later, the squirrels and birds will feast.




Isaac Eustice



The clatter of plates
Happy voices of loved ones
Forgetting the news




Patricia Rossi



angelic voices
songs of peace
faith renewed




Penny Michalski



At The Table for One Restaurant
The Spirit of Christmas shuns me
Because you left this earth.




Francis Flavin



The falling snow muffles the holiday clamor,
And opens a pine scented gateway
To a time more intimate and benign.




Shasta Hatter



in line for a food box
volunteers offer day old flowers
bread for body and soul




Maria DePaul



Families gather
Lighting candles for wishes
To herald New Year




Stephen Curro



winter solstice
the sun embraces
rosy cheeks




Bill Melton



an old logging road
deep frozen wheel ruts nestled
full of downy snow




Richard Matta



Lost are countless rainbows to climb
with carabiners, harness and rope
Prisms now prisons, ropes now thread




Mandi Smith



summer sun falls
mockingbirds coo
crickets dance




Valerie Staton



The spirit of Christmas -
thinking not of ourselves,
blessing those who have a need




Baxter Bramatti



warmth from frozen memories
frozen in their photographs
frozen in their smiles




Didimay Dimacali



the wings of morning
warm a cold winter
bells are ringing




Cody Schweickert



unseen footprints in flat-lit snow
indulge depressive impressions
glacial sobs fill empty space




Joshua Allen



Thursday's gratitude
does not see
Friday's dawn.




Nate Lavender



When she leaves in the morning, crack
open the window, let in the cold, let in
the dog's bark scratching at the glass.




Matthew Banash



Beak tucked into shoulder
Bobbing like a buoy
Afloat in duck dreams.




Melissa Laussmann



breaking through
the silent landscape
winterberries




Greg Schwartz



back of the bus
a girl writes her name
on the window




Mary Gunn



The aroma of mother's cooking...
In times gone by, enjoying the fruits
of our farm. Happy memories stay.




Douglas Lanzo



cicada voices
chorus, whisper, silence
summer twilights




Brian Schulz



Winter convulses
belching cold stones from the earth
to dull the plow's blade




Kelli Lage



The television always running
filling gaping wounds
left by your silent and empty lips.




Kaitlyn Smith



my body was his home
a safe place
from the world




Sarah Ford



Each bite shots fired
War with my body at home
No safety alone




Michael Mannen



the waving stars
neon sky at midnight
Scarlet from my window




Alan Elyshevitz



The first skill learned
is speech without words
like the mourning dove




C L Killgore



A cluttered mind dances
Between tomorrow and yesterday
Sleep is distant, elusive




Laurie Decker



Dancing through moonlight
Whistling wind at her back
She blooms in secret




Michael Flanagan



an October day
your coffin drops from sight
clouds float...birds sing




Rachel Zempel



frozen ice crystals
clinging Winter tree branches
prismatic sunrise




Robert Hunt



furtive sleet
descends innocuously
outside their glowing hearth




Mary Crane Fahey



In the lilac bush a songbird sits
Trilling canticle into fragrant dusk
Casting a glow over its listeners




Patricia Pella



drifting cherry petals
soften the words
between us




Hani James



Louder than glass I crack
Pressure heavy on my soul
Softer than grace I fall




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