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Issue 56

POETS

ABRAHAMSEN, BRETT
ANTHONY, PAT
ARORA, MANOJ
BROWN, JAMIE
CAVIGLIA, GLORIA
CHILICAS, EVE
CHOPRA, RUCHI
CHRISTINA, MARTHA
CRAWFORD, MICHAEL
CUOMO, MICHELE
CURRO, STEPHEN
DEPAUL, MARIA
DERANLEAU, SARAH
DIMACALI, DIDIMAY
EUSTICE, ISAAC
FAHEY, MARY CRANE
FLANAGAN, MICHAEL
GAINES, CHASITY
GALMITZ, JACK
GOUGH, NANCY
HAAS, TANNI
HUNT, ROBERT
JOHNSON, JULIE ALLYN
JONES, EMORY
LANZO, DOUGLAS
LAUSSMANN, MELISSA
LOUZON, MONICA
MCBAIN, ALISON
MCGINNIS, LAURA
MOFFITT, ROGER
MONTGOMERY , JENNIFER
MULLEN, RENE
NAVARROULRIKSEN, ADA
NIELSEN, AYAZ DARYL
PERRY, MATTHEW
PETRAS, ROBERT
PLANKO, CHRISTA
PTAK, JESS
RAMANI, SUSMITA
RHODES, ALYSON
RUSHTON, BIFF
SAFFIOTI-HUGHES, CAROL LEE
SARGENT, ANGELA
SMITH, JENNIFER
STOUFFER, ELISE
TELLES, PAUL
VIGIL, NATASHA
VORK, JR
WALKER-LASS, DEBBIE
WHYSALL-HAMMOND, KIM

Tanni Haas



We talk like actors
Trying hard to remember
Lines from long ago




Biff Rushton



In the white breathed morning
love takes its place
beside us, effortlessly




Debbie Walker-Lass



Seven days gone now,
White geese line the horizon
Melt into mourning




Elise Stouffer



Ships on hallowed seas
Crest golden dunes of dark light,
Songbirds on their masts.




Isaac Eustice



Snow-covered asphalt:
The phosphorescent surface
Of a cold, blue sun.




Maria DePaul



Anniversary
Still holding hands
A gleam in their eyes




Christa Planko



dazzling frosted limbs
form snowy palace archway
Winter's kingdom reigns




Alison McBain



frothed pond water
flies on the lunch menu
gulp! all gone




Robert Hunt



orchard morning dew
your dazzling daybreak smile
kibbutz of my mind revisited




Martha Christina



bird tracks
quilt
fresh snow




Natasha Vigil



Lavender scents, purple
Breezes sway blooming fields
Senses fermented




Robert Petras



Easter morning
Hundreds of windmills
signing the cross




Angela Sargent



Colorado snow banks
Sun glints off the ski slopes
Exhilaration high.




Nancy Gough



On certain Mondays,
my life is beige
and thick as honey.




Emory Jones



On a pale blue sky
Flocks of birds are writing poems
that clouds will erase.




Michael Flanagan



I stop and breath
your name is on the stone
but you are not there




Ruchi Chopra



bamboo sprouts roots
store-bought vase
urban life aesthetic




Douglas Lanzo



sun umbrella twirls
in golden radiance
of bamboo sunlight




Roger Moffitt



distant moon
yearning for her love
a child's cry




Paul Telles



The gulls flee inland
just before the thunderstorm.
I will get past you.




Sarah Deranleau



Before the violence,
Fist-sized holes in the drywall,
You were just a girl.




Didimay Dimacali



maple leaves
rustle in the breeze
shadows left behind




Jennifer Smith



A touch, a reflex made in fear.
Hands held together like in a past dream,
broken apart like a nightmare.




Stephen Curro



buzz of cicadas
cool lemonade
kisses my lips




Melissa Laussmann



rushing water
the sound of yesterdays
flooding the present




Brett Abrahamsen



Sorrow falls softly
Into the ether
Yet traces linger on




Monica Louzon



fish me out of the water,
breathe stars into my lungs,
and i'll light up your sky.




Ada NavarroUlriksen



in this great blankness
I dissolve myself
like white birds in a cloud




Julie Allyn Johnson



obsidian woods
brambles and thorns, watchful eyes
you will learn of fear




Matthew Perry



Harvest moon
Watching the fire burn
You turn to kiss me




Eve Chilicas



glass stones skipping across
fern lake of tree shadows
flickering moonlight everywhere.




Manoj Arora



winter sun-
a fish swims
near the surface




Laura McGinnis



Waiting, worrying,
Knowing the phone call will come,
Nothing I can do.




Rene Mullen



broken heart in every chicken scratch
mended muscle memory
with each replayed breath




Jack Galmitz



next to me the crow
waiting for a piece of chicken
I have so much more




Gloria Caviglia



bedecked in jeweled colors
she offers her gifts
warm balm for a chapped nation




Jennifer Montgomery



air smelling of rain
dirt, green, dancing on the hill
bright new life itself




Chasity Gaines



Broken bottle
bloodied
in Brawl of Life




Carol Lee Saffioti-Hughes



Overgrown path my feet know well
Prairie grass murmuring voices
Small buds like a child's fist clinging.




Ayaz Daryl Nielsen



wind through the forest
leaves sway and bow
moonlit prayers




JR Vork



barn swallows tango
effortlessly
the orange sun sets




Alyson Rhodes



Monday on the moor
picnic,shoulder to shoulder -
chill dusk, chips and love




Jamie Brown



Clouds shroud the hilltops,
prayer shawls across
shoulders of old men.




Kim Whysall-Hammond



Sleep the blanket to thought
A lover giving release
Sometimes elusive, teasing




Jess Ptak



the far inner room
us, tethered to the same star
fill the space like home




Michael Crawford



Storm of whirling seeds
Raining upon the driveway.
Forests laid to waste.




Michele Cuomo



dead white tree above evergreens
like fractured femur bone
black vulture in its break




Mary Crane Fahey



Elegant pink wool coat, hollow carapace
Hangs alone in her closet, motionless
objet d'art in the museum of you not here




Pat Anthony



planter of pink petunias
shaking without wind
hummingbird soars away




Susmita Ramani



sunsets remind one all things must end
what more apt end than a rending of sky
pink-gold brilliance washing over earth




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