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Issue 51

POETS

BEVERIDGE, ROBERT
BJOTVEDT, CONNOR
BOCKS, SUSI
CIPRIANO, LORRAINE
COBB, CHERESE
COTTRELL, SUZANNE
CRASTO, CECILIA
DECKER, LAURIE
DEPAUL, MARIA
DODSON, STEVE
ERIKSEN, ELISABETH
ESPOSITO, LYNETTE
FALATER, THOMAS
FIELDS, JOAN
FLANAGAN, MICHAEL
GERMAN, MIMI
GRETZER, STEPHEN
GROSEL, CHARLES
HATTER, SHASTA
KNOOT, ANNELISE
KRUGER-AZER, LAURIE
LAUSSMANN, MELISSA
LEVINE, BRUCE
LIND, LAURINDA
LOWTHER, TRICIA
MELTON, BILL
MILLER, DEAN K
MURPHY, KATIE
NIELSEN, AYAZ DARYL
O'LEARY, KAREN
PAOLI, ALLISON
PELLA, PATRICIA
PITMAN, CYNTHIA
RALEY, CHRISTOPHER
RATCLIFFE, ZACH
RIMANN, J.D.
ROBBINS, DEAN
ROGERS, JENNIFER
SACCO, LINDA
SCHWEICKERT, CODY
SCOTT, CLAIRE
SOOD, MEGHA
STANDISH , ROBERT
THAVALINGAM, ANNOJ
THOMPSON, JESSE
THOMPSON, SHANNON
VENTRESCA, AVE JEANNE
VORK, JR
YOUNGER, RICHARD
ZEMPEL, RACHEL

Bill Melton



slow meandering
river is in no hurry
to be lost at sea




Christopher Raley



Lightning flickered over foothills,
suggesting rain, then denying it.
Dark plume hoisted morning’s flag.




Karen O'Leary



a vessel never full
his brother's shadow
consumes him




Katie Murphy



Love grows after you’ve gone.
Memories unfold new insights.
You were always there for me.




Laurinda Lind



thirty years later
the woman who died in this house
gets around to drifting off




Michael Flanagan



the morning light
brings the flowers to life
on Grandma’s afghan




Ayaz Daryl Nielsen



quiet, shallow creek
the secrets of
small pebbles




Bruce Levine



Unforgotten sorrows
Bring longing to move forward
Through a pine forest of time




Ave Jeanne Ventresca



at the shelter
someone in borrowed clothes
whispers gratitude




Mimi German



hummingbirds feed at the salvia
day after day how long
the flowers continue to give




JR Vork



shattered glass
glitters
Four way stop




Elisabeth Eriksen



Waves receding, leaving tracks
of dips and peaks on sand,
like a thumbs-up EKG




Stephen Gretzer



Less moon, less music, at last
no silvery authority denies me the right
to imagine you forgotten.




Linda Sacco



Left to nature’s will, she grew.
In nurture’s absence, she fragmented.
Reconciled to never forget, she stirred.




Melissa Laussmann



A foggy view outside,
Sipping my tea by the fire
Oblivious of time.




Rachel Zempel



eating her feelings
a pound for every lie
swallowing her pride




Suzanne Cottrell



Dried stems of gray-green sweetgrass
rattle like coiled snakes.
Nimble fingers weave fragrant baskets.




Lynette Esposito



The sign said Dead End.
I turned around
That has made all the difference.




Richard Younger



last storm of winter
caught in a hail of snowflakes
children hurry home




Lorraine Cipriano



Starfish colony
blue water tides turn quickly
thousands are swirling




Megha Sood



Those muted scars
reads like braille
in your forgiving hands




Steve Dodson



I saw a wall and wondered
what magic lay behind those gates
those gates of barb wire and stone




Patricia Pella



seashell at her tiny ear
she giggles in tune
with the roar of the universe




Dean K Miller



Our last pieces of humanity
Scattered by the wind
Hope only found in passing clouds




Charles Grosel



Prayer ribbons ripple
in the sun, tattered endings
tickling the sky.




Cecilia Crasto



Hot summer winds ignite sparks
Puffs of smoke dance over treetops
Billowing clouds cast eerie shadows




Cynthia Pitman



Ice melts. The warped green glass
drips a cold-water circle on the stone
coaster below. I watch it overflow.




Zach Ratcliffe



Vibrant Sakura
Fragile beauty briefly springs
Life’s fortune and fate




Maria DePaul



Blue dims to charcoal
Gusts spin funnels across plains
Scraping barren trails




Cody Schweickert



tongues whip & beat
incarcerated eardrums
marching through blatherskite




Susi Bocks



My bills are due
The baby's crying
Formula or rent




J.D. Rimann



Hurricane of time
Life's overwhelming gale
To find shelter: breathe




Allison Paoli



Cleanse my mind with
Acrylic paints doused in bourbon
I am dappled with Blues




Annelise Knoot



Old Coyote whelps
More voices howl
Through my headphones




Joan Fields



fields of buttercups
spring's validation
i held one under your chin




Jennifer Rogers



Your whisper, my love, as winter light;
how delicate is our dream. We want
from heaven a soul – in birth or truth.




Claire Scott



You want your ashes sprinkled in the sea
I will dive in after
You know I can't swim




Robert Beveridge



Kama Sutra sits
binding worn, cracked, beside
the aged couple




Thomas Falater



the first cold days come
winter does not mourn summer
nor worry for spring




Shasta Hatter



steadying herself on her cane
she lifts an earthworm into grass
a skateboarder chatters by




Laurie Kruger-Azer



Pink fragrant blossoms
Drooping in front of my home
Exuberance fades




Connor Bjotvedt



mother’s dark clay pot:
spilling its earthen guts, I
forced its confession.




Laurie Decker



Tears fall from unblinking eyes
Sand slips from tiny grasp
Her castle, taken by wave




Tricia Lowther



Rock breasted woman
They always call her Venus
ancient roots in stone




Annoj Thavalingam



Luxurious rooms
Rose-scented to be tainted
Momentarily




Shannon Thompson



Ensnared in your desire
I come undone
in your web of lust.




Dean Robbins



The box trap, submerged,
frozen winter long, thaws, and
the squirrel within.




Cherese Cobb



mom’s deathbed
more and more raindrops
beat against the windowpane




Jesse Thompson



Ink runs thick like blood
But is harder to wash away—
Immortality approaches.




Robert Standish



I crave, I’m told
rejection, isolation, judgment
we are all broken