Sample poems

Issue #49, Fall 2022


starless night

a dozen moons

reflected in the sea

Deborah P Kolodji

Temple City, CA



the truths buried in

my mouth

Agnes Eva Savich

Austin, TX



has a story

not to tell

John Stevenson

Nassau, NY


midsummer reverie

sound of splashing waves

in my mint soda

Keiko Izawa

Yokohama, Japan


the back and forth

of a willow warbler

summer dusk

John Barlow

Ormskirk, UK


round midnight


before I sleep

John O’Connor

Chicago, IL



Issue #48, Spring 2022

deathly pale . . .

a lily comes out

from under the earth . . .

            Eugeniusz Zacharski

            Radom, Poland

migrants . . .


on the stone bridge

            Mircea Moldovan

            Jibou, Romania

caper flowers

. . . and I thought I was done

with this grief

            Polona Oblak

            Ljubljana, Slovenia

magnolia buds . . .

birds plumping feathers

against the chill

            Ingrid Baluchi

            Ohrid, North Macedonia

the ringing

of faraway bells

dusk in a field

            Ernest Wit

            Warsaw, Poland

lakeside walk

a seagull’s cry sneaks

into my playlist

            Tomislav Sjekloca

            Cetinje, Montenegro

windless dawn

a marigold wreath

sways in the kelp

            J. Zimmerman

            Santa Cruz CA

Issue #47, Fall 2021

glass lake

trailing my fingers

through the clouds

            Barbara Sabol

            Akron OH

filled with sky

the voice of a child

lost in play

            Cora Whitmore

            Bangor ME

ocean sunset

beach chairs folded

into jumbled stacks

            Julie Schwerin

            Sun Prairie WI

the Big Dipper

tipped on end

petal fall

            Jennifer Burd

            Ann Arbor MI

a spider works

the seam in the wall

night heat

            David Grayson

            Alameda CA

starless night—

we wish instead

upon a streetlight

            Michael Dylan Welch

            Sammamish WA

space debris . . .

the newborn foal

finds its legs

            Ferris Gilli

            Marietta GA

Issue #46, Spring 2021

scenic route

the breath

I was holding

            Michelle Schaefer

            Bothell WA


I wake up

a fugitive

            Fay Aoyagi

            San Francisco CA

city sidewalk

the empty spot

where he asked for change

            Jay Friedenberg

            Tuckahoe, NY

tornado weather

a clatter of cubes

in the ice maker

            Kristen Lindquist

            Camden ME

midday heat

the flagger slows life

to a crawl    

            Tom Painting

            Atlanta, GA

in a redwood groove rain song

            Victor Ortiz

            Bellingham WA

bowl of ice cream

slowing down as

I near the bottom

            Bill Kenney

            Whitestone NY

Issue #45, Fall 2020

cool morning

the yeast and I

slowly rise

            Marilyn Ashbaugh

            Edwardsburg MI

bus stop

a little girl pedals by

in butterfly wings

            Dan Curtis

            Victoria, BC, Canada


the town recluse

carries on

            Ferris Gilli

            Marietta GA

nothing for them here

cottonwood puffs drift

through my daydream

            Sam Bateman

            Everett WA

out of breath

the windchimes

sing for her

            Helen Buckingham

            Bristol, UK

another friend

crosses over

the meadowlark’s song

            Carolyn Hall

            San Francisco CA

summer sunset

silent fists

fill the sky

            Gideon Young

            Chapel Hill, NC

Issue #44, Spring 2020

foam on my ankles

the ragged edge

of the continent

            Ruth Yarrow

            Ithaca NY

feeling my age

a maple leaf crumbles

in my hand

            Jeannie Martin

            Arlington MA

night rain a new tent beneath the bridge

            frances angela

            London, UK


I turn and watch

the moon watch me

            Mary Kendall

            Chapel Hill NC

she asks me to pray

a maple leaf

on her rain-wet shoe

            Mary Stevens

            Hurley NY


I whisper about it

to complete strangers

            Roberta Beach Jacobson        

            Indianola IA

candlelit shadows

we forget

we are mortal

            Tia Haynes

            Lakewood OH

reflecting pool

the flag


            Laurie Greer

            Washington, DC

all the rage white masks

            Cherie Hunter Day

            Menlo Park CA

actuarial table

a firefly escapes

from the jar

            Shloka Shankar

            Bangalore, India

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