SUMMER 2021

sunrise

the journal’s pages 

softened by mist

 

Bryan Rickert

 

 

feasting on core and stem

after snow melt in the orchard . . .

wild turkeys

 

Wally Swist

 

 

tree rings—

how the dry years

tighten

 

Cynthia Anderson

 

 

sea breeze

last year's cattails bend

beneath the blackbird

 

Kristen Lindquist

 

 

summer camp

a watermelon cools

in the nearby stream

 

Terri L. French

 

 

heat haze 

curlew rise over

the moor heather

 

Ben Oliver

 

 

day's end

the slosh of water

in the bilge

 

Dan Treagust

 

 

slivers of dawn
round the roots
of the marsh flower

 

Kristen Lang

 

 

summer heat

a cotoneaster

fans the old wall

 

John Hawkhead

 

 

bending deeply

into the weeds 

his straw hat

 

Bruce H. Feingold

 

 

morning tide 

a gull’s cry

spreads into foam

 

Barrie Levine

 

 

cloud peaks—

a warbler ripples light

in the birdbath

 

Neena Singh

 

 

abandoned farm —
summer drizzle gives shape
to the wind

 

Goran Gatalica

 

 

after rain
the footsteps of a limping cat
linger in the alley

 

Keiko Izawa

 

 

pleiades

i listen to the last stretch

of untouched snow

 

Michael Baeyens

 

  

minnow shimmer

a heron's footprints

in the shallows

 

Brad Bennett

 

 

evening rain
the glow of tents
at the campground

 

Ben Gaa

 

 

dawn reddens the tree line –

leaves blow along the snow crust

in the March wind

 

Wally Swist

 

 

restless night 

the snowplow’s scrape

between dreams

 

Bryan Rickert

 

 

lengthening shadows

an arc of grackles

flies to roost

 

Kristen Lindquist

 

 

frozen soil

a raven pecks

through corn stubble

 

Jay Friedenberg

 

 

late afternoon

black-throated sparrows scatter

through the drizzle

 

Cynthia Anderson

 

 

a wallaby
watching the highway

pale dawn sky

 

Marietta McGregor

 

 

rain

it is

then it isn't

 

Peter Ormsby

 

winter –

the weeds among

our words

 

Michael Buckingham Gray

 

 

high fever . . .

ants crawling in

mother's syrup

 

Ekta Rana

 

 

night train...
the wind of tomorrow blows
through the window

 

Srinivas S

 

 

meditation
the mosquito on my arm
survives

 

Oscar Luparia

 

 

tattered moth wings

against the window pane

my father’s mind

 

Janet M. Ruth

 

 

valley echo

the growing space

inside us

 

David Watts

 

 

midnight temblor—

the tiny lampchain

ticks against the lamp

 

Michael Dylan Welch

 

 

a walk by the sea

ants carrying bones

to my footprints

 

Alvin B. Cruz

 

 

spring again

I wonder what

the river’s up to

 

John Stevenson

 

 

the last stipple
of the painter’s brush
evening drizzle

 

Marilyn Ashbaugh

  

 

red-tailed hawk perched

on a branch above the orchard –

snow flecking its wings

 

Wally Swist

 

 

dank afternoon

a table lamp casts shadows

across the island map

 

Sherrell R. Wigal

 

 

the old pond

silted into

silence

 

Kathleen Vasek Trocmet

 

 

hospice visit

I use the handrail 

more than dad

 

Maya Daneva

 

 

amongst primroses

at the crossroads

unmarked graves

 

Steve Black

 

 

dead starling. . .

on every bead of dew

the widespread sky

 

Richard Tindall

 

 

newborn fawn learning his mother’s tongue 

 

Laurie Greer

 

 

kitchen sink

the baby’s bottle brush 

hangs there still

 

Neena Singh

 

 

morning chill

a red-winged blackbird

stokes its color

 

Jonathan Humphrey

 

 

lily pollen

she loses the sense

of herself

 

Debbie Strange

 

 

the river’s rush

a chimney swift

skim-bathes in flight

 

Hannah Mahoney

 

 

summer again

drawers still full

of old seashells

 

Eufemia Griffo

 

 

beading
in gardenia folds
morning rain

 

Gavin Austin

 

 

evensong –
within the weeping pear
sparrows

 

Dorothy Burrows

 

 

raindrops

on the Oven’s river

as you’re dying

 

Carl Walsh

 

 

coastal fog
pelicans
disperse it

 

William Scott Galasso

 

 

dusk

forest rhythm

shifts

 

Roberta Beach Jacobson

 

 

snowy sidewalk

dog footprints in a u-turn

at the school bus stop

 

John J. Dunphy

 

 

back home

bindweeds mending

the old fence

 

Mona Iordan

 

 

summer rain –

all these bird songs

flowing down the trees

 

Benedetta Cardone

 

 

dog rose

even for her hand

too precious to cut

 

Mike Moule

 

 

raindrops

the surface tension

as we touch

 

Keith Evetts

 

 

harvest moon

the tide

cuts up rough

 

Helen Buckingham

 

 

I add a codicil
to the last
day of summer

 

J. Zimmerman

 

 

rising moon

a boat coughs

through the lock

 

Dee Montague

 

 

neon lit pond
how shallow  
its silence

 

Hifsa Ashraf 

 

 

boardwalk chatter…
cormorant spreads its wings
to dry

 

Earl Livings

 

 

longest day

shadows of mountains hide

shadows of clouds

 

Kristen Lindquist

 

 

a day old foal

on a pillow of grass

one ear perked

 

Bill Cooper

 

 

autumn waters

one by one

the red maple leaves

 

Ryland Shengzhi Li

 

 

thunderstorm–

the delta silt

grows deeper

 

Michael Galko

 

 

bluefin tuna

shining

in the supermarket

 

Gopal Lahiri

 

 

scarecrow

a summer moon shines

through his head

 

Terrie Jacks

 

 

just by the wing tips inland seagulls

 

David Gale

 

 

more apologies

than time

drifting leaves

 

Joanna Ashwell

 

 

summer sun
just enough stream
for a bullfrog’s song

 

Marilyn Ashbaugh

 

 

abandoned house
through the broken window
full moon

 

Sina Sanjari

 

 

overgrown Rhubarb

rotting in the garden

my grandfather left

 

Noel King

 

 

sunburst...
the scent of pines
fills our path

 

David He

 

 

summer pond

rose petals spreading

on her shadow

 

Lisbeth Ho 

 

 

applewood smoke

our map back

to camp

 

Barbara Sabol

 

 

cricket song…

my prayers tumble

past the Kuiper Belt

 

Joshua Gage

 

 

village festival

the higher voices of men

who’ve been drinking

 

Rp Verlaine

 

 

a tern colony

returns nesting zinc-white on

a coastline of blue

 

Moná Toirésa Ó Loideáin Rochelle

 

 

past the sand bar
feeling the depth of life
in the gut

 

B.A. France

 

 

through the pines

starlight

and whip-poor-wills

 

Jeff Hoagland

 

 

first warm day

a green tractor

at full tilt

 

Claire Everett

 

 

squinting,

the sun squints back at me

 

Adam Schaeffer

 

 

grassland breeze
faded words
on the tombstone

 

Stephen C. Curro

 

 

moving...

a paperweight

groundswell of memory

 

Luciana Moretto

 

 

desert night

the shape of the wind

still in the sand

 

Joanne van Helvoort

 

 

thick river fog

a lone blue heron

walks a beat

 

Richard Matta

 

 

autumn dusk

the park fills up

with silence

 

Sushama Kapur

 

 

ebb tide

the stillness in

his portrait

 

Gurpreet Dutt

 

 

pressing on towards

the farmer’s meadow

apple cider on our tongues

 

Maureen Jivani

 

 

resetting the timer…                                       

her grandson sugaring

the sand tarts

 

Elaine Wilburt

 

 

meditation 

some part of me 

already gone 

 

Owen Bullock

 

 

water wheel

pulling up clouds

from the river

 

Roman Lyakhovetsky

 

 

bruised hands in his lap

my fading father

listens to bird song

 

Amanda Bell

 

 

mid-summer heat
kimchi ferments
in an underground crock

 

Alan S. Bridges

 

 

the cart seller's bull

after eating a banana

sniffs my hand

 

Richa Sharma

 

 

port side

remnants of mackerel

diving gulls

 

Erin Castaldi

 

 

bright autumn day

yogurt fermenting

on a gas stove

 

Anna Cates

 

 

up in the attic

crawling through

my childhood

 

Clive Bennett

 

 

a rubber band

around the seed packets

late frost

 

Denise Fontaine-Pincince

 

 

dusk

catching fireflies

inner light

 

Michael Winter 

 

 

river dredge

a minnow

raising speckles

 

Jeffrey Ferrara

 

 

maple leaves fall
as paint flakes fall
from the tree fort

 

Anthony Lusardi

 

 

even the barbed wire
has frozen over –
Lipa refugee camp

 

Antonio Mangiameli

 

 

hammock
the old rooster
crows all day

 

Tom Bierovic

 

 

a wood frog

thaws

the last brown fern

 

Richard Thomas

 

 

the slight movement
of a sleeping cat’s ear
distant thunder

 

Ernest Wit

 

 

muscovite glinting

along the embankment wall –

south-bound train

 

Maeve O'Sullivan

 

 

after the curve

the light of the rapeseed

still in the eye

 

Maria Teresa Piras

 

 

summer woods

all of these wildflowers

still with no name 

 

Maire Morrissey Cummins

 

 

the gull shakes

the crab

swallowing it whole

 

Joan C. Fingon

 

 

old battlefield

the unrelenting march

of weeds

 

Mike Gallagher

 

 

white hydrangeas...

feeding the silences

inside me

 

Lucia Cardillo

 

 

low tide

a curlew’s cry cutting

through sea coast fog

 

Terri L. French

 

 

June heat

soft brome shimmers

in the meadow

 

Fionnuala Waldron

 

 

only shadows 

on the new snow

morning walk

 

Roger Dutcher

 

 

passing storm
a starfish in the light
of the moon

 

Carol Raisfeld

 

 

midnight
a white ghost jumps out of
the whiskey bottle

 

Pitt Büerken

 

 

late sun
in the trees
hanging fruit bats

 

Tom Staudt

 

 

sleeping on a bed of hay thunderstorm

 

Mariangela Canzi

 

 

one boy killed ants
the other let one
walk up his long thin arm

 

Patrick Sweeney

 

 

even together

we are lonely

wild geese

 

Kelley J. White

 

 

the injured impala

staggers towards sunset –

vast horizon

 

Sean Hein

 

 

lawn mowing

the machine pauses

at wild violets

 

John J. Han

 

 

spruce trees . . . 

how they brush away

the rain clouds 

 

Milan Rajkumar

 

 

scorching sun – 

along the rail tracks 

tufts of weeds 

 

Daniela Misso

 

 

moonlight –

a drop of milk

on his hand

 

Cinzia Pitingaro

 

 

everything 

i lost

spring sea 

 

Maria Concetta Conti

 

 

summertime

a fantail’s quick 

branch switch

 

Sherry Grant

 

 

walk ahead

walk behind

country roads

 

James Maddison 

 

 

the old lilac
this year only two
deep purple blooms

 

Jill Lange

 

 

blood moon…

just before the umbra

clouds clear

 

Rob McKinnon

 

 

one spot of sunlight

on the porch

the neighbor's cat

 

Wilda Morris

 

 

Bleak mid-marriage 
Sighs settle— decking the fir trees

 

Adele Evershed

 

 

in curled briars
a blackthroat sings
—wood smoke

 

Simon Wilson

 

 

twilight

I wiggle my way

out of commitments

 

Nika

 

 

edge of the woods
a haze that is not there
colors everything

 

Jeanne Cook

 

 

how the hummingbird

got between screen and glass

how it flies

 

Nola Obee

 

 

the deep bows

of lavender stems

bumblebee

 

Seren Fargo

 

 

red plum

petals on a wet 

buddha belly 

 

M. R. Defibaugh

 

 

pre-storm quiet
knowing it’s there
not knowing when

 

Deborah P Kolodji

 

 

village carnival

a display of bangles 

hide the cyclist’s way

 

Mallika Chari

 

 

summer sunrise

a bumblebee emerges

from the foxglove

 

Kevin Valentine

 

 

the woods are alive –

the nights of stolen summers

are rushing through us

 

Ruth Esther Gilmore

 

 

magnolia
our short time
left together

 

Tony Williams

 

 

summer solstice

the dragonfly walks around

on its shadow

 

Françoise Maurice

 

 

corn field

I see a scarecrow

inside me

 

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams

 

 

starry night
a toddler stops to gaze
at his sparkly shoes

 

Louisa Howerow

 

 

no sun today
at sunset point . . .
the mountain silence

 

Manoj Sharma

 

 

the woodpecker beats

the coconuts

still unripe

 

Vincenzo Adamo

 

 

moon wind

the flower’s shadow 

added to mine

 

Carmela Marino

 

 

high tide......

the way you left me

behind 

 

Nisha Raviprasad

 

 

spring rain

filtering again

mother's soup

 

Mircea Moldovan

 

 

late summer

seen through her hair

a cicada's shell

 

Nancy Brady

 

 

deluge

the quick dash of a beetle

into an empty trash can

 

Priscilla Arthur

 

 

bristle grass —
all the words
I didn’t mean

 

Lysa Collins

 

 

sundown –

in the mango tree foliage

the flash of a flameback

 

Vidya S Venkatramani

 

 

roadside stop

cooling our feet

in the creek

 

Marilyn Humbert