Issue #1

Devrie Paradowski

Recital

 

What stunning ascent.

Such aural lift: the last note

played incorrectly.

ROSS MCCOOEY

Veins

 

Veins of water

draw countless portraits

from an eager spring.

MARIYA KOLEVA

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Forgive the rain that

Falls over the sea but not

On your thirsty field.

J.A. ROBERTS

woodpecker tapping

 

Woodpecker tapping

somewhere among the pine trees

Stellar Jay scolding

ALESSANDRA BAVA

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I rub my hands on

robins’ breasts to warm dear old

Winter’s frosted blue lips.

CHRISTOPHER KENNETH HANSON

A Deer Scene

 

In the still of grass

A brown buck kneels for rest

His horns weave through branch.

B.M. WARD

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Fields overflow

from a passing rain-

a thousand birds swim

BIFF RUSHTON

Song of the Muse

 

Song fell from his lips ~

And landed upon her skin ~

Where he longed to be

COLIN W. CAMPBELL

light wind in tall grass

 

light wind in tall grass

heavy seeds on slender stems

now green turning gold

MELISSA ANNE WALKER

Fever

 

my delicious skin

rhythm on perfumed velvet

feverish beauty

MARIYA KOLEVA

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No doubt in her heart

But the pure stifling cold of red

Exasperation.

MIKE PERKINS

Ice Dragon

 

like an ice dragon

alone on the white highway

a winter runner

ALAN SUMMERS

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working the ice cream

we walk all the way back

to yesterday

BILL W. MELTON

Reflection

 

Razor in my hand

The face in the mirror is

That of my father

ALESSANDRA BAVA

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Winter has come with white

speed. The rabbits sleep in dark

holes. I crave new warmth.

NANCY MAY

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snowy footprints

sitting in the Coliseum

mother’s smile

STACEY MANN

I-95

 

she laughs as the bee

whirly-gigs past the half-

hearted window stuck

MARY GUNN

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trees in their

winter nakedness

revealing birds’ old nests

JESUS CHAMELEON

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burning embers crash…

pliable yule log laid low

plays Christmas piano

RAY SCANLON

Shape-shifter

 

woman winter-wrapped

scurries swaying on sea legs

a penguin in black spandex and pink

ERIC G. MÜLLER

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he folds his glasses

puts them down and turns off lamp

sinks into dark hole

2WONJ

Shutting Down

 

Four white walls and light

Shining down, tired soul thinks

Of endless quiet.

RISA DENENBERG

Rain

 

I dream in haiku

as it taps at my window

in tart syllables.

J.C. ELKIN

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Lone swan, half a heart

Forsaken down in the bog

Winter heartless as death

STEWART C. BAKER

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lopsided moon…

the doctor tells us it’s time

only time

MATT KOLBET

Winter’s Flower

 

Winter grows white blooms

in the sky, a battle of

smoke, snow and shivers.

LAURIE KOLP

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March winds~

spider breaks from weaving

and swings

DAVID WILLIAMS

Revelation

 

as the snow clears

headstones are uncovered…

the dead come to life

MARIE LECRIVAIN

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warm hands

cradle my heart

a lotus blooms

PAUL HELLWEG

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rice field harvest time

landscape ambiguity

lessons for the heart

MARIYA KOLEVA

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Abandoned fields where

Only winds and thorns will ride

Host the silent rain

B.M. WARD

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A field of motionless

windmills- sun sets

gently to their backs

BILL W. MELTON

Memory II

 

Pain cuts like a knife

And reminds me that I have

Forgotten to forget

STACEY MANN

denouncing winter

 

the trees quietly

disseminate opinion

in joyful cartwheels

ERIC G. MÜLLER

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in failure we fall

waking up to our own pain

rise of consciousness

 

J.C. ELKIN

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Salmon sky shot blue

sparks morning with surprise

visual caffeine

LAURIE KOLP

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body surfing~

child’s hand on pregnant belly

rides the waves

K.A. CUMMINGS

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old memories

flash of lightning leaves you

black and white

MAURICIO GONZALEZ

Autumn

 

The yellow leaves fall

and slowly fill the space, where

the shade used to be

DAVID WILLIAMS

Scent

 

hiding behind bushes

yellow with black stripes…

a tiger lily

MAHIMA GIRI

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dark branched silhouettes

play hide and seek with the moon

lantern to the earth

ROSE MARY BOEHM

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shifting, searching

in layers of virtual ore—

the data miners

AUDREY SAMUELSON

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Fireflies in a jar

Constantly moving

Never progressing

MARK L. VOLZ

Red Haiku

 

Moscow in the spring

Red square goose step, sharply rigged

Military row

MELISSA ANNE WALKER

Transparent Heart

 

your transparency

under the moon’s brightest light

makes my heart quiver

SHIRLEY RUSSAK WACHTEL

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April’s rise reveals

cherry blossoms’ splattered eyes

in stone’s long white face

SHIRLEY RUSSAK WACHTEL

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ginger incense speaks

air bubbles catching moments

which words cannot hold

TYSON WEST

Squash Flowering

 

awaiting first frost

bright squash blossoms breath golden

bees brush your grey locks

K.A. CUMMINGS

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autumn night

hands reaching down for water

scoop up the moon

ROSE MARY BOEHM

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from the time they met

he had eyes only for the beauty

he saw when she held up the mirror.