SUMMER 2018

hands all over our summer nights blur together 

 

the old blue car

without power steering:

a talk with dad 

 

a trout leaps my son's attention span 

 

Chad Lee Robinson

 

 

white seashells...

a child collects

her first summer

 

Lucia Cardillo

 

 

the shimmering wing

       of a fly on a houseplant

               this long drought

 

 

      white of a gull

out of moorland mist...

       the empty road

 

Fred Schofield

 

 

snow –

deeper into winter

our footprints

 

dusk deepens

pausing to taste the wind

a red fox

 

Mark Miller

 

 

still afternoon –

yesterday's buzzard perch 

falls in the forest

 

Kent Travis

 

 

coffee break
bees tipping
into the lavender

 

Melissa Howell

 

 

August rain . . . 

the barely visible outline

of the distant mountains

 

their umbels jostling

in the wind over the clovered field—

Queen Anne’s lace

 

the Jersey nuzzling

tall meadow grass in the rain . . .

sweet scent of mown hay

 

Wally Swist

 

 

new blue rope

a child’s bucket

taken by the sea

 

Jackie Biggs

 

 

snow geese—

finding somewhere within myself

to hide from myself

 

chip in the teacup surface of the moon

 

Nicholas Klacsanzky

 

 

a sand lily

the mist

going on

 

Guliz Mutlu

 

 

tower crane
gradually lifting
the moon

 

Barun Saha

 

 

slow day 

the bee's buzz louder 

in the bellflower 

 

the slap 

of a wood pigeon's wings 

midsummer drought 

 

Lucy Whitehead

 

 

fall moonrise

a rowboat startles

waterfowls

 

Jianqing Zheng

 

 

mountain torrent 

the wild gyre

in the falcon’s gaze

 

John Hawkhead

 

 

late summer sun
darkness at the root of
her ponytail

 

Ben Moeller-Gaa

 

 

languid afternoon

growing old together

mayfly and I

 

a soft rain

learning to bend

with the wind

 

David J Kelly

 

 

painting the wind                                           

the brush finds

empty space

 

Michael Minassian

 

 

bird feeder
sways with the weight of
summer thunder

 

Erin Castaldi

 

 

brown weeds

beyond the back yard –

his deflated ball

 

a splash of poppies

in my knitting –

late snow

 

Marita Gargiulo

 

 

splitting firewood cicadas

 

Matthew Moffett

 

 

heat wave

a cloud above

a small tree

 

Nikolay Grankin

 

 

bare branches

what the cancer

left behind

 

supernova

mother leaves

her body

 

Tiffany Shaw-Diaz

 

 

all spring you sing

in my backyard— and I don’t 

even know your name

 

Bruce Jewett

 

 

distant thunder

windows and doors

close

 

Anna Maris

 

 

airplane window

a baby's bottle

falls on my foot

 

Michael Simpkins

earthshine

a broken sphere

of allium

 

Debbie Strange

 

 

evening sun 

the dog brings us

some ocean

 

Stephen Toft

 

 

dawn moon
the mouthpiece
of the trumpet

last light
all the beggar
can muster

 

Elmedin Kadric

 

 

inscribing the sky

with histories

wind-shaped hawthorns

 

Morwen Brosschot

 

 

muazzin’s call

following my father’s footprints

through the mist

 

midnight stroll

a stray dog leads me

out of the mist

 

Agus Maulana Sunjaya

 

 

the floor mat

shines in the midnight –

Strawberry Moon

 

Kanchan Chatterjee

 

 

bullet shot cacti
undulating in heat
a condom tangled
in desert dust

      

loud blue sky
meat circles
above meat

 

Connor McDonald

 

 

slowly 

a snail recoils

at a pinch of salt

 

Michael Kang'a

 

 

at the stove

icy parkas

           steam

 

Michael Kozubek

 

 

thin white moon

the black hills

hold no dreams

 

Adrian Bouter

 

 

laurel roots…

the ins and outs

of a badger’s night

 

upturned cattle trough

jackdaws forage

the hoof-trodden earth

 

Thomas Powell

 

 

scorching heat –

the fruit vendor's

toothless smile 

 

Andrea Cecon

 

 

end of autumn
the last leaf falls
into silence

 

Rachel Sutcliffe

 

 

wind through the pines –

I lift my head

from between her legs

 

dusk

a sparrow sings

its mother's song

 

Dan Salontai

 

 

geese eating elm seeds floating on the lake

 

Marshall Bood

 

 

winter gale

opening the door

loneliness rushes in

 

Tim Gardiner

 

 

midnight moon
the highway stretches
into morning

 

Deborah P Kolodji 

 

 

village massacre
in a dead baby's hand
forget-me-not

 

Justice Joseph Prah

 

 

still rows –
the ruby throats of swallows on a wire

 

Christina Martin

shattered into fragrance—

purple lilac buds rocking

in the cool rain

 

backlit sunshower . . .

blowing through the screen door

evening coolness

 

rainy morning—

a trail of maple buds reddens

the puddled street

 

Wally Swist

 

 

raw again

where I am torn

from my mother's body

 

dusky light – 

the canoes hold winter

in their hulls

 

Judson Evans

 

 

floating downriver on driftwood a dragonfly

 

spring rain

grandma's roses bloom

without her

 

summer heat

fourteen cows belly deep

in the pond

 

ahead of the storm

a moth at the window

     ...summer night

 

Barbara Tate

 

 

the long drive home

I carry the sea

inside a stone

 

Peter Newton

 

 

gathering storm

a raven’s gravel-call

splits the light

 

snow on the wind 

sudden glints of colour

in the magpie’s wing

 

John Hawkhead

 

 

a stray dog slowly grows

his own kind of coat…

smoke from the rice straw

 

a green chafer

settles at last on my shoulder…

one deep heartbeat

 

shrine ruin in blossom…

resident dogs

brush what's fallen

 

cold cloud drifts…

the red kapok tree

white with cranes

 

and now all my love

is wrapped up in the dogs…

fall wind parts a field

 

Kyle Sullivan

 

 

little coffin
the sound of the wind
even colder

surging sea      one dream away from mother

 

Chen-ou Liu

 

 

campfire

everything beyond the pale

moves in closer

 

Devin Harrison

 

 

peeling tide...

I claw

long into the night

 

'mums

an infinity

of petals   

                

Rest Home

window...

heads swimming

 

Helen Buckingham

 

 

cuckoos . . .

        the forest

turning into a song

 

Gowtham Ganni

 

 

summer heat
the depth
of the ewe’s wool

 

nursing home visit
the lobby aviary
a blur of feathers

 

Edward J. Rielly

 

 

Bronze age arrowhead
the forest grows
another antler

 

Andy McLellan

 

 

summer rain

the far off cry

of a blue jay

 

precipice

a blue butterfly

hinges open

 

thunderstorm season

a wood chipper's 

blast and whir

 

Brad Bennett

 

 

summer breeze . . .                       
the kite fails 
to lift 

 

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams

 

 

wild blackberries stem
framing the window
my daughter's sleep

 

huge clouds
mom hanging out sheets
among the cherries

 

Radostina Dragostinova

 

 

rainy night

my heartbeat

slows down

 

Claudia Messelodi

 

 

seeking

his softer side—

woodland moss

 

Marilyn Fleming

 

 

city lights dripping

into the streets

summer rain

 

insomnia

the darkness shifts

into shades

 

Debbi Antebi

 

 

first visitor 
a yellow butterfly 
on the torii gate

 

Agus Maulana Sunjaya

 

 

harvest moon

autumn's last

dirge

 

Colleen M. Farrelly

 

 

passing along the hall,

this heat wave slowly

cools

 

Jacqui Thewless

 

 

so many summers 

this cloud 

between dusk and dark

 

next to you,

breathing together,

snow   falling 

 

Leonard Green

 

 

soaring skylark

puffs of blooms 

scent the vale

 

Guliz Mutlu

 

 

mountain
by mountain
colobus disappear

take off
from a grassy strip —
the pilot wets a finger

 

Lysa Collins

 

 

Alone, daydreaming

in the summer countryside –

patches of heather

 

Ben Grafström

 

 

unmarked grave

a child lays

a paper flower

 

Anthony Q. Rabang

 

 

counting sand

between the toes

a dying wave

  

her name

written on the sand:

wave breaks

 

Ram Krishna Singh

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