Sample poems

 

Issue #39, Fall 2017

 

coolness at dawn . . .
the stray dog’s shadow
somewhere in mine

Kyle Sullivan

Taiwan

 

temple gate—
the congregation
of worshippers’ sandals

Adjei Agyei-Baah

Kumasi, Ghana

 

empty street—
she stoops to pocket
a half-cigarette

Robyn Hood Black

Beaufort SC

 

winter passing the knife blade first

Cherie Hunter Day

Menlo Park CA

 

paper cut
I notice
she lies easily

Timothy Murphy

Madrid, Spain

 

monsoon dusk . . .
a butterfly settles
by the clothes clip

Kanchan Chatterjee

Jamshedpur, India

 

in puddles
stars coming up
for air

Elmedin Kadric

Helsingborg, Sweden

 

Issue #38, Spring 2017

 

zebra bikini
water drips from her
ankle monitor

Joshua Gage

Brecksville, OH

 

new cancer spreading the last of the grass seed

David McKee

Madison, WI

 

darkness
loosening itself
into dawn

Adjei Agyei-Baah

Kumasi, Ghana

 

tossing the ball
back and forth, a child
and the sea

Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy

Birmingham, UK

 

train journey
each one of us
a hula doll

Aparna Pathak

Gurgaon, Haryana, India

 

november
low
over
a
silver
birch
a
shifting
column
of
gnats

John Barlow

Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK

 

alone along the shore
the willet
in winter gray

Beverly Acuff Momoi

Mountain View, CA

 

Issue #37, Fall 2016

 

the eons I wasn’t here

the eons I won’t be—

winter stars

Billie Wilson

Juneau, Alaska

 

war zone . . .

amongst the rubble

an empty birdcage

Mohammad Azim Khan

Peshawar, Pakistan

 

muggy night

her swimsuit drips

from the open window

Nick Hoffman

Richmond Hill, Cork, Ireland

 

darkness . . .

her name slips

into it

Dave Read

Calgary, Canada

 

deep inside blue the sound of remembering

Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah

Accra, Ghana

 

setting sun—

a shucker’s knife

at the oyster’s hinge

Alan S. Bridges

Littleton, MA

 

bowl of persimmons

after a pause he says

I’ll think on it

pjm

San Jose, CA

 

Issue #36, Spring 2016

 

Father’s Day–

eating apple slices

off the blade

Chad Lee Robinson

 

tree crickets

all at once

the night sky

Kala Ramesh

 

Indian summer

her trip to the mailbox

barefoot

Rick Tarquinio

 

autumn hillside

a crow flies

as the crow flies

Bill Kenney

 

not by bread

alone . . .

cherry blossoms

Johnny Baranski

 

skipping

a stone across the sky

this world

Don Wentworth

 

August clouds

let the current take us

where it will

Jay Friedenberg

 

Issue #35, Fall 2015

 

the casket lowered

i wake daily

into the wrong life

Vivian Hua

 

You Are Here

the sunlit whirl

of thistle seeds

Christopher Patchel

 

our raft on warm sand

the icy river flows on

around the bend

Ruth Yarrow

 

starlings in her voice a winter’s worth of worry

Francine Banwarth

 

a wish list

for my next life

autumn blaze maple

Carolyn Hall

 

unplanned pregnancy

the hum of a beehive

beneath the porch

John McManus

 

night flurries

the express bus idles

by an empty bench

Joe McKeon

 

Issue #34, Spring 2015

 

ponderosa pine

what fog

makes of it

Cherie Hunter Day

 

post-op pain

the black crows

line up

Jenny Fraser

 

a passer-by

hidden in himself

falling rain

Ernest Wit

 

crack of dawn

the silence slowly

leaks away

Michele Root-Bernstein

 

Sunday morning

the distant clank of a train

some world or other

Philip Rowland

 

mirrored mountain . . .

in and out of the stillness

a trout’s silver skin

Robert Gilliland

 

sea otter . . .

the moon opens

on a stone

Debbie Strange

 

Issue #33, Fall 2014

 

empty park

two crows start

the world over

Robert Epstein

 

winter leaf–

how she cups the pills

in her hand

Marianne Paul

 

spring beginning

even the sound of the rain

is green

Alan Pizzarelli

 

bus stop

a plastic bag jellyfishing

in the breeze

Ben Moeller-Gaa

 

tulip stand

a tourist bends back

his phrase book

Sharon Pretti

 

flowing river–

the bereaved girl holds

a palm-full of water

Pravat Kumar Padhy

 

repairing the halo

around the streetlight

a flutter of moths

Stuart Bartow

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