AUTUMN 2020

mountain ash –
the tips of its reach spill
into our breathing

 

Kristen Lang

 

 

fallen leaves
tire thrum louder
out on the highway

 

Gary Hittmeyer

 

 

scraping against 

a splintered farmyard fence

the pig’s dust shivers

 

John Hawkhead

 

 

skimming over

the patches of redtop grass . . . 

returning tree swallows

 

Wally Swist

 

 

fig tree
the dusk beats
with bat wings

 

Gavin Austin

 

 

crossing my arms

over my breasts

winter narcissus

 

Kristen Lindquist

 

 

lockdown
a line of gossamer
catches the light

cyfnod clo
edefyn o wawn
yn dal y golau


John Rowlands

 

 

so deep

in my summer meditation

the scent of basil

 

Judson Evans

 

 

the quiet 

of a muskrat’s wake

autumn dusk

 

Bruce H. Feingold

 

 

another day

spiraling inwards

orb-weaver 

 

Thomas Powell

 

 

autumn starlight

a long and empty train

sets out

 

Jonathan Humphrey

 

highway

here and there in patches

wildflowers

 

mallika chari

 

 

autumn haze

a boy's whisper to his mum

attracts the sun

 

Samo Kreutz

 

 

on the warm wall

the wasp's abdomen

pulses its shadow

 

Michael Baeyens

 

 

the wind

the wind makes

of the pines

(gassho to Jim Kacian)

 

Meg Arnot

 

 

pulling up

a withered azalea –

meeting the blue jay's gaze

 

Jerome Gagnon

without a mask
this open air becomes 
a moment

 
E. L. Blizzard

 

 

Goorooyarroo  

walking into  

deep time 

 

Owen Bullock

 

 

zen garden
every snowflake
finds a stone

 

William Scott Galasso

 

 

lambing paddock

the constant calls

of new mothers

 

Lorraine Haig

 

 

chough tumble

down the quarry face

rain turns to sleet

 

Clive Bennett

 

 

this loneliness
the scramble of mice
on our roof

 

Deborah P Kolodji

 

 

dust motes
in a shaft of sunlight
her red chair

 

Gavin Austin

 

 

lockdown another ambient jigsaw afternoon

 

Helen Buckingham

 

 

plastic beads

ring a sandcastle turret

rising tide

 

Bill Cooper

 

 

misty night
three silver strands
in my hairbrush

 

Chen-ou Liu

 

 

October
steam rises slowly
from the scrum

 

John Rowlands

 

 

returning tide

a small wave claims

the pipit’s rock

 

Thomas Powell

 

 

step by step
the lilac scent
gathering light

 

Elmedin Kadric

 

 

storm abating

the kestrel settles back

into its hunch

 

Richard Tindall

 

 

monsoon rains

wildflowers fill

a depression

 

Scott Wiggerman

 

 

pine needle heat—

the soft murmur

of crows

 

Laurie D. Morrissey

 

 

misty autumn

a white sun rising

over vacant shops

 

Ted Sherman

 

 

jasmine tea
I cradle the bowl
with mother’s hands

 

Maxianne Berger

 

 

summer foliage

an early beechnut

takes the long way down

 

Michael Baeyens

 

 

stormy afternoon:

on the stump of a cherry,

a bulbul.

 

Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

 

 

measuring
the physical distance –
star-filled sky

 

Pravat Kumar Padhy

 

 

hot afternoon

road tar on the edge

of a twig

 

Bill Cooper

 

 

a year of estrangement sandcastles

 

Máire Morrissey-Cummins

 

 

puddling spring rain . . .

bends of the rutted farm road stretching

into distance

 

Wally Swist

 

 

spruce needles
along the trail
a hidden kinglet’s song

 

Deborah P Kolodji

 

 

distant thunder

the boa shifts 

in my palms 

 

Kyle D. Craig

 

 

as stars
replace the sunset—
the night ferry’s wash

 

Gavin Austin

 

 

from shadow

into sunlight   

the cat’s rising tail

 

Thomas Powell

 

 

moorings 

creaking on the lake…

deep autumn

 

Daniela Misso

 

 

ginko walk
the pause and pauses
of a dragonfly

 

Kala Ramesh

 

 

marshreedbsittermnarshreeds

 

Seren Fargo

 

 

church courtyard

bird pecks at

a communion wafer

 

John J. Dunphy

 

 

ripe barley –
the end
of the pilgrimage

 

Robert Davey

 

 

spring morning

a robin trills

from a roll of sod

 

Brad Bennett

 

 

midnight stars—
the shapes we make
when we pray

 

Earl Livings

 

 

rental cabin 

sinking into silence 

as thunder ends 

 

Vera Constantineau

 

 

gray beach

the clap of rope

against a flag pole

 

Jay Friedenberg

 

 

breaking open the dark ripening pecans

 

Beverly Acuff Momoi

 

 

the silence
in an empty poultry cage
Christmas morning

 

Blessed Ayeyame

 

 

My birthday walk

the shadow at my feet

could be my father’s

 

Marc Evans

 

 

social distancing
along the long looping road
the fawn peeks out 

 

B.A. France

 

 

selecting poems

for mother’s funeral

scattered clouds

 

Agus Maulana Sunjaya

 

 

low sun. . .

conkers harden

in the oven

 

Richard Tindall

 

 

behind glass

cavalry uniforms smaller

than imagined

 

Barbara Tate

 

 

touching everything 

on its way out

river in flood

 

Kristen Lindquist

 

 

flax seed-pods 

fraying in the wind   

winter’s end

 

Jenny Fraser

 

 

sunset—                                             

a spiderweb glimmers

on the treehouse

 

Elaine Wilburt

 

 

quarantine, and still

the sound of rain

in the leaves

 

Nancy Rapp

 

 

shifting tides

the seagull rests inside

a sandy footprint

 

Olivia Ark

 

 

evening snowstorm

no clear way

to word my apology

 

Joshua Gage

 

 

early sun

between long shadows

fairy wrens bob

 

Marilyn Humbert

 

 

drift line

a plover pecks

at a styrofoam cup

 

Jay Friedenberg

 

 

handwriting a eulogy waning moon

 

Srinivas S

 

 

the tractor

a crow’s caw

follows

 

Bisshie

 

 

the cat

rests her head on my arm. . .

midnight stillness

 

M. Shayne Bell

 

 

fog lifting the horizon perfectly straight

 

Dan Salontai

 

 

harvest field

a butterfly leads me 

to a hidden melon

 

Adjei Agyei-Baah

 

 

white snowfall
dotted bright red
cardinals

 

Douglas J. Lanzo

 

 

sound of a drill

driving a hole in plywood…

autumn breeze

 

Lenard D. Moore

 

 

fast asleep
on moonlit lavender
the forager bee

 

Wyntirson

 

 

leaves turning

the grocery clerk’s smile

through her mask

 

Edward J. Rielly

 

 

coot skitter

among lily pads

summer rain

 

Clive Bennett

 

 

bonfire smoke
my day goes
    in a different direction

 

Tony Williams

 

 

farm road

a tiger lily fills

with dust

 

Debbie Strange

 

 

autumn moor

the stretch of gorse

under gray skies

 

John J. Han

 

 

virtual meeting

I lower my head

when they pray

 

Crystal Simone Smith

 

 

hiking out

the fading

river sounds

 

Bryan Rickert

 

 

after the rain

a bent reed marks

the riverflow 

 

Richard Tindall

 

 

light drizzle –

a whiff of neem flowers

in the koel's song

 

Vidya S Venkatramani

 

 

patch of snow that too disappears

 

Roberta Beach Jacobson

 

 

empty flip-flops
wading in
oyster-colored moonlight

 

Jenna Le

 

 

overcast summer morning . . . 

          the fading whistle

of mourning dove's wings

 

Wally Swist

 

 

almost home
icicles from the eaves
catch the moon

 

Carol Raisfeld

 

 

after the storm
the neighbor’s hammock
in our tree

 

Greg Schwartz

 

 

the lilt

in her laugh still there

December moon

 

Kevin Valentine

 

 

winter sun

through cracks in the old bridge

sparrows

Seren Fargo

hummingbird feeder     the wait

 

Mike White

 

 

glassy bay

breaking its surface

a humpback’s fluke

 

Lyn Reeves

 

 

childhood home

an attic of silence

in my head

 

Neena Singh

 

 

twenty below 

the fireplace fan 

begins to squeal 

 

LeRoy Gorman 

 

 

the day accelerates

in the autumn wind...

pine needles

 

Lucia Cardillo

 

 

sweeping the vestibule

Kwan Yin

covered in ash

 

Lisa Espenmiller

 

 

cold drizzle . . .

from the laundry man’s shack

a dim light

 

Kanchan Chatterjee

 

 

closing day

all the hands 

I did not shake

 

Maya Daneva  

 

 

lake shimmer
the heron’s croak
quiets our paddles

 

Ben Gaa

 

 

trapped by sleet . . . 

three cats

watch me write

 

M. Shayne Bell

 

 

darting away

my son joins his friends

mackerel skies

 

Ted Sherman

 

 

lake

fall chill

        dip

 

S.M. Kozubek

 

 

a waft of autumn

quince ripen

on the credenza

 

Jim Laurila

 

 

finding an edge

of shade

crow feather

 

Laurie Greer

 

 

wheat harvest

gleaning together

with the sparrows

 

Ryland Shengzhi Li

 

 

spring

a flattened catkin

in my shoe

 

Karen Robbie

 

 

skinny dipping

the size 

of her eyes

 

Jeff Hoagland

 

 

day old lily

a newborn's fist

tightens

 

Kath Abela Wilson

 

 

backwoods stream

sunlight glints off

a beer can

 

Rich Schilling

 

 

last fruits of rowan –
birds traces disappear
under falling snow

 

Krzysztof Kokot

 

 

before the moon rises

I raise my glass

to an empty sky 

 

Alvin B. Cruz

 

 

smell of autumn

a layer of a persimmon jam

in an open jar

 

Eufemia Griffo

 

 

stepping stones
across the stream
first father then son

 

Marilyn Ashbaugh

 

 

a baby wren 

a kookaburra 

one inside the other 

 

Helga Jermy

 

 

morning rain . . .
snow piles cloaked
in fog

 

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams

 

 

sharing the box

family portraits 

and a dead fly

 

Peter Leroe-Muñoz

 

 

a stray dog

follows many heels

home

 

Mike Gallagher

 

 

bittersweet berries

the gradations

of loneliness

 

Peter Newton

 

 

drifting clouds —

as she opens the curtain

sunlit  

 

Jibril Dauda Muhammad 

 

 

autumn rain...
a water mantra
on the skylight

 

Oscar Luparia

 

 

sea view

the reason for being

plunge ripples

 

David Gale

 

 

on bike path

puddles

I reflect

 

Carl Walsh

 

 

with the sun

a bird’s song rises

from a building crack

 

Mantas Stočkus

  

 

a fisherman

on the far bank catches

my gaze

 

Mary McCormack

 

 

mycelium –

a silver hairbrush 

tarnished green

 

Sarah-Jane Crowson

 

 

carried off by birds the fruit stones of her silence

 

Réka Nyitrai

 

 

passion vines 

the half-built house wet 

with moonlight   

 

Hemapriya Chellappan

 

 

fall equinox walk

the basking pheasant

darts for cover

 

Nola Obee

 

 

some more handsome

than others

scarecrows

 

John J. Han

 

 

grass cut –

his new diagnosis 

written in italics

 

Carmela Marino

 

 

November wind

finds the lonely hole

in my old sock

 

Michael Galko

 

 

in the red maple

a carpenter bee hovers

grips the drooping blooms

 

William Aarnes

 

 

That cloud shaped like an ear—

if I shout, I’m sure

it would hear me

 

Michael Minassian

 

 

slow drizzle

talking about my abuse

with a stutter

 

Jackie Chou

 

 

opening the parcel
filling the room
the homeland fragrance

 

Bakhtiyar Amini 

 

 

sahara heat…

the shoes now a refuge

for scorpions

 

Usman Karofi 

 

 

red rear lights…

reflections on drenched tar

as gutters surge

 

Rob McKinnon

 

 

daybreak

leaves holding space

for blooms

 

Agnes Eva Savich

 

 

chestnuts and matches

the child creates a small farm

on the windowsill

 

Pitt Büerken

 

 

a bear’s impression

in the ferns

our empty feeder

 

Denise Fontaine-Pincince 

 

 

summer noon . . . 

the Himalayan cat snores 

near the hiking boots 

 

Milan Rajkumar 

 

 

lone chrysanthemum 

a young bloom faces skyward

as one petal falls

 

Erin Schalk

 

 

autumn wind 

a reshuffle of 

my to-do 

 

Meera Rehm

 

 

another

unanswered letter

blown out candles

 

Anthony Q. Rabang

 

 

Steadfast yellow slug

Dragging an anchor of dirt

Up this endless hill

 

David Richardson

 

 

broken home

a boy gathers nuts

in the wood

 

Adrian Bouter

 

 

midday heat

the pigeon flies off with

a wave of my hand

 

Richa Sharma

 

 

my thoughts unspool

the roundness

of lotus leaves

 

Antonietta Losito

 

 

folded parasols —  
the bartender is looking
toward the moon

 

Goran Gatalica

 

 

night drizzle

on the blue dragonfly wing

old moon

 

Radostina Dragostinova

 

 

cattle at the stream
sunlight spills
from the bull’s mouth

 

Sheila Butterworth

 

 

low tide

all the chains

made visible

 

Judson Evans

 

 

my children

with their lovers tonight

harvest moon

 

Bruce H. Feingold

 

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