AUTUMN 2021

ridge top

the sunrise                       

in a stag’s antlers

 

Gavin Austin

 

 

mid-April snowfall . . .

just a dusting covering

the closed daffodils

 

Wally Swist

 

 

worm moon

the owl's small body 

still warm

 

Kristen Lindquist

 

 

balmy evening

the arms of the wind turbine

easy over

 

David Gale

 

 

the stubble

of a baseball diamond

grazing geese

 

Bruce H. Feingold

 

 

in the window

a moth

holds the storm at bay

 

Allison Douglas-Tourner

 

 

wind in the reeds
long after his death
ripples

 

Mary McCormack

 

 

river’s edge

seeing the other side

of loneliness

 

Ben Gaa

 

 

afternoon shadows

the red dye

on a sheep’s flank

 

paul m.

 

 

spring thaw

a wood frog emerges

from the leaf litter

 

Jay Friedenberg

 

snowgrass plain

the moonlit gleam

of brumby bones

 

Gavin Austin

 

 

whirring cicadas

a nuthatch slides down

the feeder pole

 

Brad Bennett

 

 

remembering my mother
I ignore my father’s face
in the mirror

 

Leonard Green

 

 

morning stretches…
snowfall highlights
the crabapple

 

Christopher Patchel

 

 

dog day nights

the restlessness

of coyotes

 

Jeff Hoagland

 

 

swirling snow—

the sign says "sorry"

on the soup kitchen door

 

Michael Dylan Welch

 

 

photo collage

all the memories I

forgot I had

 

Erin Castaldi

 

 

six inches of fresh snow

I carry my old dog

to his favorite tree

 

John J. Dunphy

 

 

wagtails skitter

around the yard...

evening milking

 

Clive Bennett

 

 

homing dove

the sun’s last rays

underwing

 

Quendryth Young

 

 

walking with the wind bending grass

 

Richard L. Matta

 

 

snowy boughs

we shape ourselves

to the season

 

Debbie Strange

 

 

petals closed

on one side of the sunflower

hazy day

 

Maire Morrissey Cummins

 

 

darkening hills

swallows fly in and out

of an abandoned mine

 

Jay Friedenberg

 

 

moonlight the contours of frosted kale

 

Thomas Powell

 

 

winter wind

biting the whiteness

of chicken bones

 

Ben Gaa

 

after the downpour

the glaze of watermelons

in the farmer’s cart

 

Mark Miller

 

 

failing light

a lamp goes on

in the tractor's cab

 

Dan Treagust

 

 

far blue haze—

seeming closer in morning sunlight

the summer mountains

 

Wally Swist

 

 

grey evening chill

a telegraph pole rises

to a hawk

 

Andrew Hubball

 

 

folding and unfolding

in the headwind

a buzzard’s tail

 

David Gale

 

 

rare sunny moments –

a pair of Large Whites circles

the courgette flower

 

Maeve O'Sullivan

 

 

snowy fields

a fox trail connects

the molehills

 

Joanne van Helvoort

 

 

phone screens the loneliness of a crowd

 

Arvinder Kaur

 

 

weeding...

I come back inside

wearing a snail

 

Stuart Bartow

 

 

winter lake

the biting cold

of the rod

 

Greg Schwartz

 

 

fireflies…

swish of oars

in the mangrove

 

Jeff Leong

 

 

dog days

dust

between the gulley stones

 

Laurie Greer

 

 

plucking threads

from shucked corn

goldfinches

 

Brad Bennett

 

 

sandcastle ruins

a little egret across

sargassum

 

Bill Cooper

 

 

snowflakes mangled piece of forwarded mail

paul m.

 

 

a bite

into the ripe fig

summer dusk

 

Gavin Austin

 

 

collecting

everything on the beach

morning fog

 

Nathanael Tico

 

 

one last turn

around the moat

cold moon

 

Helen Buckingham

 

 

break in rain...

messages in prayer flags 

             drip dry

 

Sushama Kapur

 

 

daybreak

a lone gerbera

aims for the sun

 

Tom Staudt

 

 

rush hour —

a watermelon hawker

sharpens his knife

 

Kanchan Chatterjee

 

 

that picture in her sundress fading autumn light

 

Ben Gaa

 

 

hawk glide 

into the pines

into the dusk 

 

Bruce H. Feingold

 

 

a hummingbird

in the rain –

this last chance

 

Alvin B. Cruz

 

 

not as long

as it used to be

summer day

 

Jennifer Hambrick

 

 

the wriggle
of the wren’s shadow
into my own

 

Kristen Lang

 

 

cupped hand

tasting stones

in the stream

 

Lorraine Haig

 

 

mountain trek
my steps ringed
with birdsong

 

Kala Ramesh

 

 

autumn deepens

a child’s ball

in the sinkhole

 

Jonathan Humphrey

 

 

dead air

across the meadow

a hawk's lazy arc

 

Michael Baeyens

 

 

horse hooves

thunder the last

of the snow

 

Mark Gilbert

 

 

cooling pies

on the window sill

first ant

 

Nika

 

 

sunset . . .

the new owner paints

my old boat

 

P. H. Fischer

 

 

leading the prayer

for healing

scent of lavender

 

Beverly Acuff Momoi

 

 

first snow flurries

the refugee child spins

into laughter

 

Ramesh Anand

 

 

squabbling ravens

           ten feet

     above the headlines

 

Carl Mayfield

 

 

gathering clouds

the fisherman counts

his last worms

 

Dan Treagust

 

 

spring breeze . . .

the wary Appaloosa in the meadow

swishing her tail

 

Wally Swist

 

 

nature hike

our footsteps silenced

by pine needles

 

Nancy Brady

 

 

a longer day 

children add 

to a snowman 

 

LeRoy Gorman

 

 

arcs
of jumping mullet
setting sun

 

Deborah P Kolodji

 

 

first snapdragon
a bee unravels
with the fragrance

 

Elmedin Kadric

 

 

days shortening 

another year 

under the rake 

 

Alasdair Paterson

 

 

barking
at the emptiness
of the front yard

 

B.A. France 

 

 

summer drizzle
the steady cawing
of a house rooster

 

Hifsa Ashraf 

 

 

flowing slowly

through the keyhole

sea fog

 

Agus Maulana

 

 

muggy noon . . .
the ceiling fan starts

to creak

 

Kanchan Chatterjee

 

 

autumn sun

sea pebbles still shining

on the empty shore

 

Eufemia Griffo

 

 

sunrise  
each snail paints  
its own way 

 

David He

 

 

exposed lake bed

a great blue heron

pecking and probing

 

Andrew Wood

 

 

picking mold

off of late raspberries,

I think of my mother

 

Jerome Gagnon

 

 

coast path

under the hedge

a violet shrinks 

 

Ann Smith

 

 

pandemic

traffic jams on 

prayer mountain

 

Jeff Leong

 

 

before sunrise

drifts of light

snow moon

 

Lisa Espenmiller

 

 

midwinter

the emptiness 

of acorn caps

 

Bryan Rickert

 

 

the stray dog’s eyes

as the cars pass by . . .

waiting, for the light to change

 

Kyle Sullivan

 

 

rime-frosted petals
a flock of mallards
lifts from the river

 

Terri L. French

 

 

releasing its grip
holly blue flutters
into fading light

 

Douglas J. Lanzo

 

 

chrysanthemums

in the neighbour's garden

so much brighter

 

Neena Singh

 

 

cloudburst . . .

a throng forms

under the pepper seller's sunshade

 

Enobong Ernest Enobong

 

 

angle of the light

in autumn across stone flags                                                   

tang of kitchen spice

 

Jenny Dunbar

 

 

water drips

off her yellow bathing suit…

the still sky

 

Lenard D. Moore

 

 

blood moon

an abandoned car burns

at the old pit head

 

Steve Black

 

 

dry moon

a cowbell

on the far hill

 

David Watts

 

 

sunlit silt the marsh rabbit's eye

 

Kristen Lindquist

 

 

prognosis ...

deeper and deeper

into the night

 

Chen-ou Liu

 

 

warm kitchen . . .

the abandoned kitten

chases his tail

 

M. Shayne Bell

 

 

blowing leaves—

the neighbors move

before I meet them

 

Laurie D. Morrissey 

 

 

softer light

moving stealthily downstream

a stilted heron

 

Mike Gallagher

 

 

burial –

the opening in the clouds

smaller and smaller

 

Eugeniusz Zacharski

 

 

long after

the gunfire stilled

crickets chirping

 

Ryland Shengzhi Li

 

 

dusk
Evening Primrose lights a path
along the dunes

 

Suzanne Davies

 

 

blackbird . . .

the day is just

not long enough

 

Keith Evetts

 

 

motionless watermill

the hissing shadows

of the geese

 

Maya Daneva

 

 

walking meditation

breaking my reverie

a grasshopper

 

Mona Bedi

 

 

antlers still

among the hemlocks

Orion’s Belt 

 

Joshua St. Claire

 

 

spring night

the new birdbath

fills with moonlight

 

Dale Champlin

 

 

harmattan

the smell of coconut oil

on her skin

 

Precious Oboh

 

 

pre-spring 

a couple of shags toss driftwood       

back and forth

 

Jenny Fraser

 

 

wasteland

hoverflies flock round

the fireweed

 

Simon Wilson

 

 

a black squirrel 

buries acorns early: 

this pandemic fall 

 

C. Jean Downer 

 

 

no more rain –
a snail out in the sun
before me

 

Oscar Luparia

 

 

trapped                                                        

by a cobweb –

rainforest stillness

 

Nathalie Buckland

 

 

dawn pouring petrichor from the tulips 

 

Ben Oliver

 

 

storm clouds

that tone 

in your voice

 

Marilyn Fleming 

 

 

blackbird

the flautist mimics

its song

 

Christina Chin

 

 

chill wind –
over stubbled fields clouds
of crows

 

Dorothy Burrows

 

 

blossoming orchard

my grandson

taller than my son

 

Denise Fontaine-Pincince

 

 

a stooped figure

at the new headstone...

falling dusk

 

Natalia Kuznetsova 

 

 

Rockies

I climb back

in time

 

Roberta Beach Jacobson

 

 

howling gale

the last of last year’s nest

flies off

 

Alan Peat

 

 

crickets
fill the silence
cicada shell

 

Marilyn Ashbaugh

 

 

nightfall

echoes of the lake

wash ashore

 

Mike Moule

 

 

full snow moon

a stocking cap 

in the empty parking lot

 

Barbara Ungar

 

 

tree rings

a moth disappears

into a cold year

 

Mike White

 

 

hovering on grass
dragonfly's wings
hold mosaic monsoon skies

 

Nudurupati Nagasri

 

 

five days of rain

five origami cranes 

on the windowsill

 

Carol Ann Palomba

 

 

dawn chorus 

a water boatman skates 

between two skies 

 

chris dean

 

 

muddy road

along the tyre marks

I follow the black ants

 

Mallika Chari

 

 

the last leaf

from a thin branch

spirals toward a frozen pond

 

Robert Witmer

 

 

misty dawn . . .

entering another phase

of grief

 

Opeyemi Babafemi

 

 

travel restrictions

sending photos of

forget-me-nots

 

John J. Han

 

 

bitter coffee 

the weight of the moon 

on a leaf

 

Carmela Marino

 

 

dusty bottles 

in the tool shed  

a few dried apples 

 

chad henry

 

 

gentle rain
hidden in the weeds
wild violets

 

Tsanka Shishkova

 

 

little snail moves

infinitesimally

on

 

Wyntirson

 

 

wooded country road...

gravel echoes

our fading steps

 

Lee Hudspeth

 

 

autumn sea
my fishing net folds
the stillness

 

Srinivasa Rao Sambangi

 

 

From the shaded path

a folded red leaf leaps up:

startled cardinal.

 

Karen Kilcup

 

 

thunderclouds –

the lambs' hooves

harden in the air

 

Richard Tindall

 

 

dwarf marigolds . . .

in a migrant workers' camp

children's laughter 

 

Milan Rajkumar

 

 

September grasses
until he turned his head
the praying mantis

 

Patrick Sweeney

 

 

oyster shells
I choose one that doesn't rock
for a spoon rest

 

Phillip Murrell

 

 

jasmine

in each cup of tea

harvest moon

 

Lisbeth Ho

 

 

falling leaves
I prune retirement-home
P.R. folders

 

J. Zimmerman

 

 

New Year wish

the wingspan

of a white egret

 

Geethanjali Rajan

 

 

lying on the ground

the earth holds

all my weight

 

Mary Vlooswyk

 

 

rain clouds gathering

over copses that grow dark

the barley shines on

 

David Davies

 

 

reaching

to the sky in prayer too

temple haystacks

 

Agnes Eva Savich

 

 

spring gust

under the tree

the cat's eyes

 

Michael Buckingham Gray

 

 

drying the groundnut seller's tears sea breeze

 

Srinivas S

 

 

saying your name

into falling snow

the weight of shadows

 

Evan Coram

 

 

butter pools

in mashed potatoes – 

country sunset

 

Dan Salontai

 

 

mist-laden wind

the soundless path

across the bridge

 

Richa Sharma

 

 

a sea breeze stiffens –

small brown butterflies alight

on lady’s bedstraw

 

Jane Robinson

 

 

heavy wet sun
illuminates pillow hair

 

Ricky Brown

 

 

starry night

in the Smokies—fireflies

here and there

 

John Zheng

 

 

lifting a stitch 

over the other stitch 

death knell

 

Maria Concetta Conti

 

 

passing the beggar

I try not to crunch

the fallen leaves

 

Rita Gray

 

 

tree shadow

a newfound hole

in his lie

 

Jackie Chou

 

 

between me
and winter—
chrysanthemums

 

Tony Williams

 

 

First frosts –

the balls of wool

out of stock

 

Elisabeth Guichard

 

 

carrying a cormorant

a fisherman rows

into the moon

 

Ling Ge

 

 

seeking a bridge

we walk a long way

along the river

 

Pitt Büerken

 

 

Sierra cold—

the wind-twisted limbs

of bristlecones

 

Cynthia Anderson

 

 

hunting bears

near the swings

one small boy

 

Marilyn Humbert

 

 

the tall pall bearer

flicks his cigarette away;

the browns of autumn

 

Bisshie

 

 

snow day . . .

the path to the school

drifting

 

Barrie Levine

 

 

the lifeless bed...

my father's arm

still as strong

 

Adrian Bouter

 

 

low sun

two yellow leaves

in the old nest

 

Nadejda Kostadinova

 

 

rainy day. . .

my paper boat stops

at her door

 

Surashree Joshi

 

 

early morning –

out the doorway 

a dusky thrush 

 

Daniela Misso

 

 

I apologize

generically

winter rain

 

Dave Read

 

 

grassy field
the scurrying white tail
of a rabbit

 

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams

 

 

bruised

the wounded bird

reflected in the window pane

 

Shari Abramson

 

 

harvest moon rising

a horse in the meadow

but no rider in sight

 

Ben Grafström

 

 

how old
have I grown
chestnut alley

 

Ernest Wit

 

 

on the highway
to a dying friend
wall of hay bales

 

Earl Livings

 

 

promise

of a gentle day

river ripples

 

Terrie Jacks

 

 

spider silk

from impatiens

to marigolds

 

Anthony Lusardi

 

 

autumn furrows
between anthills

in the sunset

 

Mile Lisica

 

 

mercurial 

on Alchemilla leaves

last night’s rain

 

Claire Ninham

 

 

Clare River 
the short walk from my home 
deep blue

 

Attracta Fahy

 

 

scorching sun –

heads ahead 

in the vaccination queue

 

Manoj Sharma

 

 

in a towel

after the rain

the dog shivers

 

Carl Walsh

 

 

moonbeam
in the ocean depth
bobtail squid

 

Subir Ningthouja

 

 

birdsong overlaps birdsong...

ripples in the river

during rain

 

AJ Wentz

 

 

autumn evening

crows throng the weeping willow

beside the church

 

Nola Obee

 

 

motorway sunset

car lights enter

the vanishing point

 

Liam Carson

 

 

Inside the rain
the scent of the earth
Mild autumn

 

Antonella Seidita

 

 

petals of leaves

on the lake tremble

cold wind

 

Refika Dedić

 

 

echo

in dialogue

with the mountain

 

Stefanie Bucifal

 

 

rainy November night
running out
of things to say

 

Luciana Moretto

 

 

fragments of songs
in this fresh-mown pasture
a two-leafed clover

 

David J Kelly

 

 

hedge clippers

in my Dad’s hands

struggle to reach the top

 

Noel King

 

 

dry riverbed

the way the boulders

shade the pebbles

 

Mona Bedi

 

 

refugees camp –

the child's teddy bear

full of dust

 

Hassane Zemmouri 

 

 

wild geese flock

out of the formation

their honking

 

Samo Kreutz

 

 

grandma combs her hair

a cat enters the house

autumn equinox

 

Mircea Moldovan

 

 

footbridge

a slip of stream

cradles the sky

 

June Rose Dowis

 

 

yellow leaves

last flashes

of the squirrels

 

Nazarena Rampini

 

 

warm night…

short weeks before their death

cicadas sing

 

Rob McKinnon

 

 

dried petals

in place of photos

Grandma's locket

 

Ashlee Ollmann

 

 

moorhen’s

water-trace

an ever-widening arc

 

Erica Ison

 

 

clouds stand still...

rocks and stream

shape each other

 

Carol Raisfeld

 

 

plain plank bridge dotted by a busy child’s umbrella

 

Sheila K.Barksdale

 

 

leaf wandering into

Basho’s empty cottage

leaf wandering out

 

Stephen Sossaman

 

 

the last box

goes into the moving van

autumn drizzle

 

Jennifer Hambrick

 

 

blackberries the slow walk home

 

Dan Treagust