SPRING 2020

a breath of frost 

on the grass plumes . . .

sleeping buffalo 

 

Chad Lee Robinson

 

 

winter fog

one of us will

always wonder

 

Laurie D. Morrissey

 

 

a scrape of earth

to fill the bait box –

morning mist

 

Richard Tindall

 

 

harsh winter sunlight . . .

the empty bluebird boxes

along the windbreak

 

Wally Swist

 

 

pines on fire 

antlers rise and fall

in white water

 

Tom Bierovic

 

 

whisper of fog

a lay down night’s

chilly grass

 

Erin Castaldi

 

 

our walk thru the rain

other ways for the water

to go

 

Gary Hotham

 

  

just into spring—

a pinch of turmeric

colours the milk

 

Rashmi VeSa

 

 

monsoon evening
how quietly it rains
in the mountains

 

Srinivas S

 

 

a blue butterfly
flutters in and out
this chemo fog

 

Chen-ou Liu

 

 

a drop of sea

at the end of a gull’s beak

winter twilight

 

Agus Maulana Sunjaya

 

 

shorter days

the gravedigger

makes a right angle

 

Jonathan Humphrey

 

 

the arc

of a high fly ball 

summer romance 

 

Chad Lee Robinson

 

 

orange sun

a dead crab's

cracked carapace

 

Jay Friedenberg

 

 

small talk 

a cabbage white flutters 

around the sunroom 

 

John McManus

 

 

first dandelion

a row of sneakers

at the creek’s edge

 

Terri L. French

 

 

catching my breath

before the wind takes it

alpine pass

 

Bryan Rickert

 

 

self-quarantine 
a monarch ferries
this world to me

 

Shloka Shankar

 

 

the last cord of wood

rising as smoke

sap moon

 

Kristen Lindquist

 

 

little by little
i become
fog

 

Ben Gaa

 

 

in line

to say my name

clouds floating by the windows

 

Gary Hotham

 

 

moonlit meadow

the rhythm

we make

 

Jeff Hoagland

 

 

light rain

the beetle stumbles across

a bamboo node

 

Bill Cooper

 

 

quarantined
no funeral but her blue iris
you press in a book

 

William Keckler

  

 

nightfall

the forest

changes key

 

Mike Moule

 

 

this path of fresh snow

leads us all the way inside –

the full pickle bowl 

 

Roger Gilroy

 

 

sound of bells

on a windless night

cherry blossom buds

 

Erin Castaldi

 

 

rusting roof

the moon

trickles through

 

Roger Watson

 

 

billowing cumulus

the steady chug chug chug

of the harbor ferry

 

Jay Friedenberg

 

 

beneath shadowy pines—

caterpillars paired atop

the rock sculpture

 

Wally Swist

 

 

cold dawn 

a bison laboring to lift

its bulk

 

Chad Lee Robinson

 

 

lame coyote quietly between houses

 

Carl Mayfield

 

 

full tide froth    

just like that 

you are gone 

 

Jenny Fraser

 

 

evening rain

sounding

the roof's shape

 

Michael Baeyens

 

 

shuttered plant

dandelions unload

at shipping & receiving

 

LeRoy Gorman

 

 

early morning

sun caught in the scent

of amber tea

 

Elodie Barnes

 

 

sheltered in

a homeless man curls deeper

into the doorway

 

Bruce H. Feingold

 

 

winter stars
the carcass of a salmon
drifts ashore

 

Elmedin Kadric

 

 

over the egg

that never opens

fresh grass

 

Bill Cooper

 

 

summer wind...
a discarded flute makes
its own music

 

Srinivas S

 

 

monsoon

eyes

enlarged by the fishbowl 

 

Ross Neher

 

 

backwaters…

a snake boat

cuts through hyacinths

 

R.Suresh Babu

 

 

a flicker's call . . . 

a dappling of sunlight turning 

the woods deeper green

 

Wally Swist

 

 

finding my way

in the dark

lilacs

 

Jeff Hoagland

 

 

after the fire

twisted stanchions

where the cows stood

 

Edward J. Rielly

 

 

hospital window –

this one little sparrow

with white in it's tail

 

Joanne van Helvoort

 

 

between the ruts

of a bog’s lost tracks

selfheal flowers

 

Thomas Powell

 

 

chasing

being chased

pipers and waves

 

Bryan Rickert  

 

 

drizzly day

arthritis settles

in another joint

 

Terri L. French

 

 

first day of summer

driving

barefoot

 

Olivier Schopfer

 

 

lenticular clouds –

the dog's plate

rolled by the wind

 

Oana Aurora Boazu

 

 

the scratch

of my grandpa’s cardigan

autumn equinox

 

Joshua Gage

 

 

sound of adhan

over the city limit

a yellow butterfly

 

Agus Maulana Sunjaya

 

 

late night smelt run

every skillet

sizzling

 

Debbie Scheving

 

 

kickball lost in scrub
the air inside by now
a different planet

 

William Keckler

 

 

heat haze—

no understanding

after three readings

 

Adelaide B. Shaw

 

 

autumn rivers
salmon leaping
against time

 

Jessica Renee Dawson
 

 

thunderhead

everything we meant

to say

 

Kristen Lindquist

 

 

spring light —
the larkspur grows wild
through our fence

 

Goran Gatalica

 

 

dawn above the lake

a great blue heron swings

into the morning

 

Pitt Büerken

 

 

morning walk . . .
the crumbs of kapok leaf
on my shoulder

 

Taofeek Ayeyemi

 

 

decaying log

a caterpillar lengthens

and halves

 

Gavin Austin

 

 

tying on a memory

from dad's tackle box…

summer clouds

 

Kevin Valentine

 

 

a late snowfall

on the roadside banks

bleached linens

 

Nola Obee

 

 

wild thyme –
the dog’s eyes
full of moon

 

Isabel Caves

 

 

the day we admit

we failed –

spring rain

 

Tomislav Sjekloća

 

 

dawn chorus

the night watchman

opens one eye

 

Jonathan Humphrey

 

 

preening moonlight
from dusk
dappled cygnets

 

Marilyn Ashbaugh

 

 

summer days...

shaking the ants

off a peony

 

Brad Bennett

 

 

damp breeze

the lamplight steadies

with a prayer

 

Richa Sharma

 

 

temple visit 

ants on the wall

returning with prasad 

 

Muskaan Ahuja

 

 

firelight

easing into

shadow

 

Joanna Ashwell

 

 

showering together – 

struggling to hold

my belly in

 

Dan Salontai

 

 

breakwater –

keeping infinity

from the port

 

Michael Galko

 

 

old age

mosquito flies by

uninterested

 

David Käwika Eyre

  

 

blizzard outside

rereading the terms

of divorce

 

John J. Han

 

 

thunderstorm

a cricket’s chirp

from the fireplace 

 

Joshua Gage

 

 

book of Tao

my daughter’s notes

added to mine

 

Owen Bullock

 

 

first sun –
the t-shirt resting
on the broom flowers

 

Ezio Infantino

 

 

a ball of snow
twitches
then hops away

 

Marshall Bood

 

 

faded moon...
hoofbeats lost
in a cold wind

 

David He 

 

 

snowmelt

rain brings a river

to my door

 

Bisshie

 

 

cooker whistle . . .

a river snakes through

the hot noon

 

Nisha Raviprasad

 

 

marriage-bound soaking up birdsong from the fields

 

Réka Nyitrai

 

 

a spider

slips in and out of

our lives

 

Roberta Beach Jacobson

 

 

our

anniversary . . . 

the mourning dove calls and calls

 

Shayne Bell

 

 

abandoned orchard

a currawong calls

to the flock

 

Marilyn Humbert

 

 

home at last

stinging nettles

among the parsley

 

Lorraine Haig

 

 

packing away

the baby blankets

late frost

 

Tia Haynes

 

 

dawn chorus

our rotary line

lowers the tone

 

Helen Buckingham

 

 

blossoming in dew

ten thousand silk webs

along a fence

 

Mark Blaeuer

 

 

blooming wisteria

a cloud's shadow

comes and goes

 

Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo

 

 

the scent
of the way we were –
mimosas

 

Angiola Inglese

 

 

afterward . . .
noticing the crumbs
in the bed

 

Nika

 

 

the way

she looses her hair

night windstorm

 

Radostina Dragostinova

 

 

distant bells

a red kite rises

into sunlight

 

Clive Bennett

 

  

celandine
painting
my bed yellow

 

Jibril Dauda Muhammad

 

 

the mallard’s feet

busy below the surface

redbuds in bloom

 

Laurie Greer

 

 

fishing boats

marooned on cold sand

                                               low tide

 

Josephine LoRe

 

 

all night a trickle

from a pipe filling the pool

sky full of stars

 

Pamela Muller

 

 

winter thaw

my dog and I

spring off-leash

 

S.M. Kozubek

 

 

her grey hair

only a memory

dandelions

 

Jackie Chou

 

 

dad’s birthday:

the garden gate creaks

in the wind

 

Wendy Notarnicola

 

 

summer

shadows waiting for me

by the river

 

Karen Robbie

 

 

decrepit furniture on my mother's veranda swallow's nest 

 

Margherita Petriccione

 

 

a mallard
the blue-green water
folding into itself

 

Mike Gallagher

 

 

Acorns falling

from the child’s tiny hands

create an earthquake for the ants

 

Anthony DeGregorio

 

 

whiteout—

hunters hunkered down

in a duck blind

 

Keith Polette

 

 

a dead tree

twisted 

to the shape of the wind

 

Leanne Jaeger

 

 

sleepless night
the muffled sound

of a distant ambulance

 

Eufemia Griffo

 

 

puddle sludge dyes

her white dupatta

the glowing dawn

 

Gurpreet Dutt

 

 

The meadow

Sepiaed in the old photograph

And this October chill

 

Christopher Pieterszoon Routheut

 

 

April sky

too many stars

to feel alone

 

Adrian Bouter

 

 

numb digits
a wedge of sunlight
on the pitch

 

Gary Hittmeyer

 

 

on a frozen creek

checking for thin ice

a coyote

 

Mary Vlooswyk

 

 

drunk 

open window

I moon the moon

 

Donald Gaither

 

 

empty tomb

just-if-ied

never…

 

Elaine Wilburt

 

 

lakeside cottage

pine boards weathered

with old memories

 

Meghan Elizabeth Jones

 

 

Raven on a utility pole

the minute before diagnosis

 

Padmini Krishnan

 

 

winding road –

a singing cicada coming

to rest on my toe

 

Antonietta Losito

 

 

divorced

scanning the shoreline

for skipping stones

 

Jodie Hawthorne

 

 

benediction
the smell of rain
on dry earth

 

Maureen Sudlow

 

 

at the airport

two friends

elbow punch 

 

Su Wai Hlaing

 

 

ferry crossing

the splash of an orca

we didn't see

 

Debbie Strange

 

 

by the waters edge

a crab emerges

from a curlews cry

 

Steve Wilkinson 

 

 

scented tea –

a yellow butterfly 

on my saucer 

 

Daniela Misso

 

 

fence sagging
with overgrown ivy
the weight of a world

 

Deborah P Kolodji

 

 

planting flowers…
a dream for next summer 
I put in the pot

 

Oscar Luparia

 

 

a flock of geese
pulls the evening sky
behind them

 

Wendy Notarnicola

 

 

longest day in spring

your mother & i sitting

with the news of your suicide

 

Othuke Umukoro

 

 

spring daybreak 

a blind man staring

into space

 

Natalia Kuznetsova

 

 

vanishing point
where the road disappears
the hospice

 

Maxianne Berger

 

 

storm driven rain
my sheltered face
touched by mist

 

Jeanne Cook

 

 

deceased –

her reflection

in a stranger's face

 

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams

 

 

moths gather
in evening chill
a lone hawk circles

 

Eileen F. Connolly

 

half moon –
grandma’s smile
rests on her gum

Pravat Kumar Padhy

 

 

peach blossoms

become tender leaves

without me

 

Lucia Cardillo

   

 

grey january 

the sleek teal tail

of a magpie

 

Máire Morrissey Cummins

 

 

thorn 

our last

words

 

Tiffany Shaw-Diaz

 

 

poppies
the road of dreams
takes me home

 

Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo

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