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Poetry is the expression of the human experience. Wordsworth defined poetry as "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings;" Emily Dickinson said, "If I read a book and it makes my body so cold no fire ever can warm me, I know that is poetry;" and Dylan Thomas defined poetry this way: "Poetry is what makes me laugh or cry or yawn, what makes my toenails twinkle, what makes me want to do this or that or nothing."

Poetry is many things to many people. If we narrow it down to its most central characteristics, it is economy of language. It is clean, clear and concise. It's musical and emotive, evocative and surprising, logical and mystical. It is complexity and sophistication. In other words, it is something that is unwilling to be defined.  In the end, whether through sound, form, or rhetoric, pattern, beat or rhythm, it is the sharing of what it is to be human. 

We are excited to share the Poetry of these talented authors. We applaud all of our contributors and encourage everyone to continue to follow their artistic and literary dreams. For those whose works we’ve selected, we hope this is just the beginning of an illustrious career in the arts.


Fireplace Camping

by Louise E. Sawyer

After supper, my brother Frank and I beg Dad,
“Tell us a story in front of the fireplace.”
We settle down to camp on the couch.

Dad gathers together wood chips, kindling sticks,
a little paper; lays them “just so” in the grate,
lights the makings with a match—a baby blaze.

We stare, mesmerized. It becomes a crackling blaze.
“We need camp food to cook, don’t we, Dad?”
“Okay, I’ll get us potatoes to roast in the grate.”

We beg Mom, “Marshmallows for the fireplace.”
“Here is a bag. Don’t eat them all.” We’ll need sticks.
We settle down with a grin on the couch.

Dad finds three branches and sits with us on the couch.
He uses his pocket knife while he watches the blaze.
Soon he has carved three sharp spears from the sticks.

He hands each of us a spear, and we say, “Thanks, Dad!”
I point my stick with marshmallow into the fireplace,
lean forward to watch it sizzle in the blazing grate.

Dad takes a poker, stirs ashes in the grate
Then he sits back with a sigh on the couch,
watching the smoke go up the chimney of the fireplace.

Dad buries potatoes in ashes made by the blaze.
Smiling, he settles back on the couch. “Dad,
see the golden-brown marshmallow on my stick.

It isn’t burnt. It didn’t fall off my stick.”
I poke my stick at the fireplace grate,
watch the sticky residue become charcoal. “Dad,

tell us a story.” ...

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Neighborhood Walk Meditation

by Lina Sophia Rossi

Vultures gather on the old man’s neighbor’s barn,
‘decorated with ravens and barren trees.
A small cottontail stirs under pompous grass,
blackberry branch thorns entangle my knees.
I keep my eyes out for snakes, ticks, and fleas.

As I pass the front door, onto the dog shed,
My cat, Puccini’s paw is on the window,
He waves to me, well-dressed in tuxedo fur.
A deer stares at me from between the trees,
Camouflaged in a scene of brown and white,
head bowing, bouncing her hoof up and down.
My dog, Umberto, is excited to see me,
maybe he wants to run with the deer,
they kind of look like golden retrievers.
A falcon soars between riblets of clouds.
skyward, a flock of geese honks all the way,
flying through calm heavens of white and blue stripes.
I pass the wishing well, now broken down.
Tears fall as I see the pet burial mound.
Buddha and metal grates deter the coyotes.
I hate to pick up pet bony pieces.
The burial mound looks like a Joseon kings.
The owl in the tree keeps repeating, “Who?”

New kitty is named after Joseon King Taejong.

Sad to see the frozen pond of my turtle.
My reptilian twin for fifty-four years.
Angel grave marker of a Siamese kitten,
Memories of my lost pets surround me.
Their souls visit me in the form of butterflies.


BIO: Lina Sophia Rossi is a lifetime member of Writers' Village University and an MFA student. Her...

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Dream Metaphor

by Glenda Walker-Hobbs

I shiver in the darkened room,
stretch, try to pull the covers higher,
suddenly I am floating near the ceiling
yet my body lies in the bed below

I gaze through the wrong
end of a telescope, ants crawl
over it, swarm on my body,
cover it with angry red bites

I analyze the situation,
deliver a scientific treatise,
arcs of red, blue, yellow flash
like painted sunsets in comics books

green holograph hockey figures
skate around the room,
shoot pucks at the ceiling,
sweat from my scalp trickles down my face

a masked stranger rushes in,
fires a machine gun at the figures,
cuts them down with bursts of bullets
which ricochet off the walls,
rat-a-tat-tat, rat-a-tat-tat,
bodies lie scattered around the room

my body thuds to the floor,
I inch my way under the bed,
curl up in a fetal position,
my heart beats like sticks on a snare drum:
thumpity-thump-thump,
thumpity-thump-thump

my hands are clammy, my throat dry,
my breath chokes me,
loud screams deafen me,
I am the one screaming.
 

BIO: Glennis Hobbs (Glenda Walker-Hobbs) is a Canadian writer and member of Word Weavers and Julia Cameron study groups. She is a long-time member of WVU, and secretary of her local writers’ group. She has published twelve books of poetry including five chapbooks. Glennis has had her poetry and prose published in various anthologies, including Village Square. Her poetry page can be found at https://gwalkerhobbs.angelfire.com/

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A Whitmanesque Inventory: Spring

by Phebe Beiser

So glad it rained last night. Now, late morning, sun shines,
an unexpectedly warm early March. What a blessing
for me and the wildlife! My land technically does not reach beyond
the creek, yet no houses show until the top of a steep incline.
Only tall trees reaching to the southern sky while others lay on the ground,
fallen soldiers unable to stand in dirt so steeply slanting.
A mile gives space to this former urban gal. Retirement grants these gifts.
I allow wildness to do its thing, although I do mow the front

Call and response of songbirds overtake cars on the road
this Sunday morning. My casual bird knowledge recognizes
only the cardinals, blue jays, robins, and occasional red-tailed hawk.
My partner and I get excited when we see a representative of the bluebird family
pausing on the perimeter of the deck. Then there’s the tap-tap-tapping
of a woodpecker tackling a dead tree. First sighting of the green-headed mallard
with his family feeding by floating on the water and tipping forward, butts
in the air, snatching insects or underwater delights.

There’s a spoiled white-tailed deer who stops by the side yard sporadically to check
out any leftovers. Lucky to be offered seeds from Cathy’s Amazon parrot,
who has its own palace in the room formerly called my office.
Office! That damnable term yanks my mind out of a perfect natural morning
returning me to thirty years, prisoner to a manufactured building.
These wild creatures coexist with...

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Solitary

by Malkeet Kaur

For eons now, the very core of my being
has become inaccessible.

Solitary.

Once it used to be filled with unrestrained joy,
now it's simply a deep dull hollow.

Empty.


BIO: Malkeet Kaur became a golf writer by chance in 1987, and since then, she has not stopped writing about the Royal and Ancient game. In between writing about golf and running her own publishing business, she dabbles in creative writing, and is now a budding poet. Her golf articles can be viewed at ParGolf and GolfRPM.

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The Blanket Hugs Me

by Louise E. Sawyer

I’m grateful that I have a daybed
downstairs where I can rest during the day
with my Guinea pig companion Midnight.
 
I stroke him and stare outside the window
where robins fly between branches,
sun peeks through pine trees.
 
I also sleep peacefully at night on my daybed,
enjoying the weighted blanket,
which comforts me like a hug.
 
The blanket relieves the pain in my hips,
making me feel that the miracle of ease
gives me a glimpse of heaven on earth.
 
Eternity will be full of peace, joy, and love.
I won’t need hope then, but I hold onto it now,
as the blanket hugs me on the daybed.


BIO: Louise E. Sawyer lives with her Guinea pig Midnight on Vancouver Island. She is working on the Nonfiction MFA certificate and the Poetry MFA certificate. Her poetry chapbooks are The Seashore Journey, Local Gems Press, 2020; and Creativity Streams Through Mountains and Valleys, Local Gems Press, 2021. The manuscript is ready for Wild Roses Blooming in the Ditch.

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On Love and Dreams

by Miriam Manglani

1.
Love is a beast and angel and dream on fire.

2.
Your soul wakes in your dreams.

3.
Dreams speak to us without lips.

4.
Good dreamers make good lovers.

5.
Love devours our souls if it isn't set free.

6.
We are born with dream seeds that can bloom into gardens.

7.
The moon is a womb pregnant with dreams.

8.
The world needs to wake to more daydreamers.

9.
 You can see a sea of dreams in the eyes of your lover.

10.
Learn to love to dream and dream to love.  


Bio: Miriam Manglani lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and three children. She works full-time as a Technical Training Manager. Her poetry has been published in Village Square, Poetry Quarterly, Rushing Thru the Dark, Vita Brevis, and Cerasus Magazine.  Checkout Miriam’s published writing by visiting her website.

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The Writer’s Breastplate

by Louise E. Sawyer

…apologies to St. Patrick


Creative Spirit with me,
Creative Spirit before me,
Creative Spirit behind me,
Creative Spirit within me,
Creative Spirit beneath me,
Creative Spirit above me,
Creative Spirit at my right,
Creative Spirit at my left,

Creative Spirit when I lie down,
Creative Spirit when I sit down,
Creative Spirit when I arise.

Creative Spirit
in the heart of every
reader of my book.


BIO: Louise E. Sawyer lives with her Guinea pig Midnight on Vancouver Island. She is working on the Nonfiction MFA certificate and the Poetry MFA certificate. Her poetry chapbooks are The Seashore Journey, Local Gems Press, 2020; and Creativity Streams Through Mountains and Valleys, Local Gems Press, 2021. The manuscript is ready for Wild Roses Blooming in the Ditch.


***Image created by Gerardine Gail EsterdayCreative Spirit with me,
Creative Spirit before me,

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The Sweater

by Malkeet Kaur

As I rummage through the clothes,
I spot it, the well-worn white sweater
that now had aging spots on it,
Abandoned, unneeded, unlike before,

Instinctively, I sniff it,
Perhaps, a trace still remains,
Once a precious talisman
used as a blanket whenever she was away.

The sleeves, her loving arms
Wrapped around my small frame,
The collar just below my nose,
where the scent was strongest.
Insomnia took flight into the night.
The open front enveloped my torso,
front, and back. Buttons bit, but I didn’t mind.
It was, after all, my talisman

I rub my face on this precious piece of fabric
My nose twitching at the smell of age,
It’s been eight long years,
Long enough for the ‘mummy scent’ to fade.


BIO: Malkeet Kaur became a golf writer by chance in 1987, and since then, she has not stopped writing about the Royal and Ancient game. In between writing about golf and running her own publishing business, she dabbles in creative writing, and is now, a budding poet. Her golf articles can be viewed at ParGolf and GolfRPM.

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The Holly Tree

by Nolo Segundo

We have a large holly tree
in our backyard—
is it foolish to say
you love a tree?

For thirty years
I’ve watched that tree grow,
doubling in size after
we cut down a big oak
to make way for a patio,
thus, freeing the holly tree
of its growth-inhibiting shade,
and letting the sun
pull it slowly upwards
into its own magnificence.


BIO: Nolo Segundo's publishing career started five years ago at seventy-years-old. He has been published in sixty-three online and in print literary magazines and anthologies, in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Romania, and India: The Hungry Chimera, Torrid Literature Journal, NDQ, Literary Heist, and recently was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2022. He has two books of poetry published by Cyberwit.net: The Enormity of Existence [2020] and Of Ether and Earth [2021].


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waiting on an email

by Gerardine Gail Esterday

rain beats against the metal awning.
winds whipped up against two storms
racing each other over the Mississippi
the hotter air dips down to
drag away the summer
the second storm crosses paths
with the first breaking wind
that tumbles trees and lifts
a canopy off the lawn
away from the hanging witch
and straw bales all set for partyers to lean on
when their drinks make the ground sway,
this moment.
that red canvas
snaps and bellows,
I swear I hear laughing
as it gets caught on kudzu and brittle old trees.
I am still waiting on that email as a ghost rips itself loose
flying into the storm.
homeless cats hide behind garage doors.
a six-inch gap left open, so they have a place
to run to and run they do, chased by whirlwinds
of leaves, dirt, and empty aluminum cans
ripped from dark plastic bags piled like a wall.
they who built the tower of bags said they’d wait.
for a few cents more on a dollar, for now-
they keep them as homes to spiders
and places for dogs to bury dead things-
along with the wind and scraping branches,
empty cans rattle along the gravel road.
I check the email hasn’t come through.
the storm is busy knocking out electricity,
along with my ability to check for warnings on my cell.
my worry goes dark like my computer screen.


BioMy Walking Path: Gerardine Gail (Baugh) Esterday is a nomad living for...

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Looking for Weeds

by Louise E. Sawyer

Pushing my walker with the purple
pet carrier propped up on the seat,
I walk down the driveway.
 
Straight ahead is the ocean view,
where waves roll away from the offshore islands
to the sandy beach, decorated
with driftwood and shells.
 
A little dog leads his owner to the best
sniffing spots before he dashes into the water
to swim towards his stick. He clamps his mouth
on it and proudly returns it to his owner,
dropping it at the girl’s feet.
 
I turn my walker around and start to wander
back up the driveway, examining the edges
for edible weeds.
 
Then I focus on the Wild Yard to my right.
Snowdrops flourish amongst new clumps
of wild grass, nudged by weeds.
 
Oh, hey, there is a dandelion plant
near the edge of the driveway. It’s small
but it’s growing several leaves,
just what I need!
 
Looking up, I notice that my neighbour
curiously eyes me. I bend down to pluck
a short dandelion leaf, so tender
during this springtime.
 
I poke the leaf into the purple carrier
where a mouth clamps shut on it.
A few seconds later, I check the carrier
and all I see is a contented black Guinea pig,
curled up In his sleeping bag.
 
We arrive back at the house, where Midnight,
the Guinea pig, happily enters his cage home
for an afternoon nap, while I squeeze three drops
of Dandelion liquid herbal extract under...

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Ocean Mood

by Malkeet Kaur

The roaring, crashing surf summon us.
Soft and damp ecru sand lies beneath our bare soles.
The sun-baked grit clings stubbornly to our feet and ankles.
We skip and hop into the foamy ripples  
where the tide tickles our toes.

We raise our faces to relish the soft caress of the sea breeze.
Majestic swells slide towards the shore,
digging deep within its mysterious depths,
swirling, then sweeping forward
To lay its bounty at our sandy feet.

Just days ago, the sea was tumultuous, so angry,
Swashing back and forth in countless directions,
The water smashed against the rock,
Then sucked back into the ocean,
Froth and bubbles rise to the top while

Flotsam tossed and turned, forming tiny whirlpools.
Now, so peaceful, the gentle whisper of the ocean,
Humming like the yogic Ujjayi breathing,
Leisurely settling its erstwhile agitation and stress aside,
Bringing balance to its depths


BIO: Malkeet Kaur became a golf writer by chance in 1987, and since then, she has not stopped writing about the Royal and Ancient game. In between writing about golf and running her own publishing business, she dabbles in creative writing, and is now, a budding poet. Her golf articles can be viewed at ParGolf and GolfRPM.

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The Beetle in the Sink

by Miriam Manglani

There is a beetle in the sink.  
A big fat one,
shiny and black
with sharp needle antennae.

I turn the water on full force.
Drown the bug.
It struggles to swim,
spins and swirls in circles,
Then,
Down,
Down,
Down,
The drain it goes.

A day later…it can’t be!
It’s in the sink again.
The stubborn bug survived.
Maybe it ate some pipe mold.
Maybe it met some friends
who helped it stay afloat.

I try to drown the bug again.
A lot of water this time.
Full force!
This will do the job!

It struggles to swim,
spins and swirls in circles,

Then,
Down,
Down,
Down,
the drain it goes.

A day later…it just can’t be!
I take the poor bug out
of its porcelain death trap,
amazed it survived
all my attempted murders,
the poor little beetle.
Its antennae is still perky,
its black, hard body
still shiny like a medal.

I smile proudly at the bug,
cradle it in a sheet of paper
and set it gently down
on the ground outside.  

I watch it crawl away
with its head held high.
I picture it smiling
and hear the song
“I will survive”
play over and over
again in my head.


Bio: Miriam Manglani lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and three children. She works full-time as a Technical Training Manager. Her poetry has been published in Village Square, Poetry Quarterly, Rushing Thru the Dark, Vita Brevis...

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Four Cats – Four Friends

by Glenda Walker-Hobbs

I
the painting of four cats
hangs on my living room wall


II
you can see
Glory Barrie Lynn in
the upper left corner,
black, orange, white, and brown
coloured tortoiseshell cat,
her frozen ragged ears shaped by vet,
found under a mailbox while ravens circled,
one person-cat, distaste for women,
leisure time spent in her maple tree,
lover and sampler of food,
nonstop purrer, best friend
if someone had meat
dextrous with her paws,
stole a piece of bacon from BLT subs
opened carton of Tim Bits


III
you can see
Miss Pickle, the black cat
in the upper right-hand corner,
a dark velvet coat with
wistful jade green eyes,
she sat on the stool on the kitchen counter,
meowed when I left the house,
meowed when I returned,
she fussed for treats
when I pretended to be asleep,
she meowed and pulled my hair,
she napped on the couch,
woke up and told a story
about her dream, went back to sleep,
alas, she disappeared one night,
never to return


IV
you can see
Yanni, a black and white tuxedo cat
in the bottom left-hand corner,
he chose us at the kennel,
we name him Yanni
after the Greek version of John
he loves to chat, first in line for chow,
sometimes samples human food,
squawks when picked up,
shies away from petting,
he sleeps on top of the couch,
rolls over and falls on the cushions,
in summer he helps to garden,
then flops on...

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On Eating an Orange and Seeing God

by Nolo Segundo

I miss the big navels, the big navels when they are not in season,
but almost any orange will do when I really want to see God.

But it must be done right, this seeing, this apprehension of the
Lord of the Universe, Lord of All the Worlds, both seen and
unseen….

First, I feel how firm the orange is, rolling it in my hands,
the hands of an artist, the hands of a poet, and now the stiff
and cracked hands of an old man--
then I slice it in half and look at its flesh, its brightness,
its moistness, its color--
if the insides beckon, urging my mouth to bite,
I first cut each half into half and then slowly, carefully--
as all rituals demand-- I put one of the cut pieces between
my longing lips and gradually, with a sort of grace, bite
into the flesh of the sacrificial fruit.

I feel the juice flow down my throat and recall the taste of
every orange I ever had, even in my childhood—or so it
seems, with this little miracle of eating an orange.

As I finish absorbing, still slowly and gracefully, its flesh,
the last bit of what had been one of the myriad wonders
of the world, I look at the ragged pieces of orange peel
and I see poetry-- or God-- it’s really the same thing,
isn’t it?


BIO:Nolo Segundo's publishing career started five years ago at seventy-years-old. He has been published...

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Summer – A Pantoum

by Glenda Walker-Hobbs

I sit on my deck and enjoy summer sun.
Zephyrs caress my cheeks with soft kisses.
Bombay cat scampers on his morning run.
When he sees the dog next door, he hisses.

Zephyrs caress my cheeks with soft kisses.
My daily morning journaling is done.
When he sees the dog next door, he hisses.
Bombay cat’s speed is second to none.

My daily morning journaling is done.
Bombay cat scampers on his morning run.
Bombay cat’s speed is second to none.
I sit on my deck and enjoy summer sun.


BIO: Glennis Hobbs (Glenda Walker-Hobbs) is a Canadian writer and member of Word Weavers and Julia Cameron study groups. She is a long-time member of WVU, and secretary of her local writers’ group. She has published twelve books of poetry including five chapbooks. Glennis has had her poetry and prose published in various anthologies, including Village Square. Her poetry page can be found at https://gwalkerhobbs.angelfire.com/

*** Photo is a collage using the poet's Cats: Nicolas, Glory, Farley, and Pickle, and using a background from Image by Tommy pixel from Pixabay.

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Your Broken Heart

by Miriam Manglani

I found your heart’s hinge —
I knew it could open!
Inside, I saw all of its broken pieces —
arteries clogged with loneliness and pain,
valves frozen shut with reservation,
pockets of sadness settled in its empty chambers.
I fixed the broken pieces,
filled its emptiness,
and drove out its sadness and pain.
When I was done,
I heard it beat loudly with abandon
and knew I wasn’t the only fool
in love.


Bio: Miriam Manglani lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and three children. She works full-time as a Technical Training Manager. Her poetry has been published in Village Square; Poetry Quarterly; Rushing Thru the Dark; Vita Brevis; and Cerasus Magazine. Check out Miriam’s published writing by visiting her website


** Image by Public Affairs from Pixabay
https://bit.ly/3hIGq9U

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Who Is Margaret?

by Glenda Walker-Hobbs

I find the small black and white picture in a box
of old letters untouched for twenty years.
A young woman stares into the camera lens,
her face slightly out of focus.
Her dress is made of a shiny material,
maybe black taffeta, that is wrinkled with a hem
ending a few inches above the floor.
A shadow prevents her legs from being exposed.
Her sleeves are long leg-of-mutton style with white cuffs.
A lace collar encircles her neck.
Braided trim adds a pseudo vest effect.
The fullness of the skirt suggests a small hoop
Her dark hair is pulled back in a tight chignon.

When I turn the picture over,
I see the words Grandmother Margaret
written in written in pencil.
This may be the woman Auntie Frances
identified as her paternal grandmother Walker,
and my great-grandmother.

The picture is familiar; it resembles the photo
that hangs on my study wall.
It is labelled Grandfather William
and wife Margaret ca 1865.
Who is this Margaret?

In the family history, I have researched,
my great-grandmother’s name was Mary Jane South.
She married my great-grandfather William Walker in 1866.
I scan the pictures, crop them, blow up the heads.
My sister’s face seems to stare back at me.
I see Mary Jane’s resemblance to
my sister, niece and great-niece.
I feel that the woman in the picture is Mary Jane,
that some wrongly identified the woman
in the picture as Margaret,
Could this be a wedding picture?
The dates...

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Made Whole by Others

by Miriam Manglani

Some people fill deep holes in us
the space that’s left when our loved ones leave
they plug the empty cuts and pus

They hold us up like a truss
When our insides fall through a sieve
Some people fill deep holes in us

When we fall with the slightest gust
To them, we will often cleave
They plug the empty cuts and pus

They are there when we make a fuss
When we are shriveled, ready to grieve  
Some people fill deep holes in us

When we feel hit by a bus
When we can no longer achieve
They plug the empty cuts and pus

The pain we need to discuss
The fears we need to relieve
Some people fill deep holes in us
They plug the empty cuts and pus


Bio: Miriam Manglani lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and three children. She works full-time as a Technical Training Manager. Her poetry has been published in Village Square. Poetry Quarterly, Rushing Thru the Dark, Vita Brevis, and Cerasus Magazine.  Checkout Miriam’s published writing by visiting her website.

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Autumn Villanelle

by Glenda Walker-Hobbs

leaves don orange, crimson and yellow gowns
as they prepare for Cinderella’s autumn ball,
soon the leaves will fall to the ground and turn brown

in preparation for a night on the town,
they practise waltzes, polkas in the hall.
leaves don orange, crimson and yellow gowns

the belle of the ball will be given a crown,
a nonwinner maybe begin to bawl,
soon the leaves will fall to the ground and turn brown

they will swirl to the ground, down, down, down,
they will appear there as objects so small,   
leaves don orange, crimson and yellow gowns

the ballroom is hushed in a mood of lown
some dancers will inevitably stall
soon the leaves will fall to the ground and turn brown

at midnight every leaf wears a frown,
before they go, they say goodbye to all,
leaves don orange, crimson and yellow gowns,
soon they will fall to the ground and turn brown


BIO: Glennis Hobbs (Glenda Walker-Hobbs) is a Canadian writer and member of Word Weavers and Julia Cameron study groups. She is a long-time member of WVU, and secretary of her local writers’ group. She has published twelve books of poetry including five chapbooks. Glennis has had her poetry and prose published in various anthologies, including Village Square. Her poetry page can be found at https://gwalkerhobbs.angelfire.com/

***Photo was taken by the poet and her husband, Harry.

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Sunny Day Epiphany

by Lina Sophia Rossi

Umberto, my Golden Retriever is sad,
Sparkie and Sal, his companions, have died

I wanted to adopt a new furry friend,
it’s hard, due to COVID’s limited shop hours.
My work sunup to sundown is exhausting.
Friday was suddenly such a sunny day.

I left work at noon, some mental health free time,
drove to the animal shelter close to work.
They had a Pug-Shepard mix for adoption.
How I miss my Pug-chihuahua, Piglet.
I met the pug mix who looked like a Pitbull.
Internet search of this mix revealed the truth.

What a gentle, sweet, loving medium dog.
Welcome to your new home, friends, and family.
Amazing, I couldn’t have predicted any better,

the two dog’s introduction was perfect.
No growls or barks just smiles and wagging tails.
We are all happy and saved by an epiphany.


BIO: Lina Sophia Rossi is a lifetime member of Writers' Village University and an MFA student. Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including NC Bards Poetry Anthology 2021; NC Bards Charlotte Poetry Anthology; Whitman Collaborative Poems; Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase Volume III and IV; VOCI: Italian Literary Magazine of SUNY Stony Brook, and Village Square Literary Magazine, as well as several chapbooks.


****** Photos are the property of the poet, Lina Sophia Rossi

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Ocean City

by Nolo Segundo

I saw it then as my own little Shangri-la,
for I was very small and knew nothing
of the big world, the grown-ups’ world.

And for the child-me it was nirvana,
that little town on a barrier island
between the gray, cold, untamed and
endless Atlantic Ocean and the quiet,
near somnolent bay where the boats
of the less brave could sail safely….

I could ride my bike from Nana and
Pop-pop’s little house on that bay,
feeling as free as the myriad seagulls
swirling forever above my head--
I‘d ride ‘cross town to the boardwalk
and if I had a dollar, see a movie by
myself, feeling like a proud little lord--
I remember as though yesterday, and
not 60 some years, my favorite theater,
with its long darkish hall that looked
like the entrance to a pirate’s den,
lined with displays of model sailing
ships, mostly men-o-war chasing, yes,
pirates, but never catching them….

But most afternoons I was happy to
just sit quietly on the porch of my
grandparents’ house, smelling the
dinner Nana was making while I
read of countless dreams in books,
books that captured like a pirate
his prey, and took me round the
world in the finest and fastest
sailing ship of all—imagination!    


BIO: Nolo Segundo's publishing career started five years ago at seventy-years-old. He has been published in sixty-three online and in print literary magazines and anthologies, in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Romania, and India: The Hungry Chimera...

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All The Dead I Know

by Nolo Segundo

Let’s start with Eric—a nerdy-looking kid before
nerds were invented, and only 18 when he crashed
his funny little French car on a lonely back road,
just three days after we graduated high school--  
he was so picked on there, a constant target, always
the frozen deer in the headlights of the bullies, and
the near bullies like me who held him in contempt
[it only took me 40 years to ask for his forgiveness].


There’s Beth or Elizabeth or Liz—a girl of joy and
grace and a beautiful tan, so full of glee life over-
dosed in her, and so she died at 33 from diet pills.
I learned that only when something—Beth?—
called to my mind one morning to read the obits—
one section of the morning paper I never read—and I saw her name, and I remembered our brief,
deep summer romance, college kids, babies
making love at night by the outdoor pool while
her family roamed around in their huge house,
the sex no doubt enhanced by its environment,
the sneaky, risky thrill of getting caught—but
the strange thing, besides the sudden, unique
urge to read obits that particular day, was that
I grieved for her, a solid heavy grief for a girl
I thought was just a summer fling….


There’s Frank, a Vietnam vet, drafted, a teenager,
to fight as a grunt in a war on the world’s far side
in a land he knew nothing of except that firefights
were sudden...

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The Dinosaur Will Get a Makeover

by Miriam Manglani

She talks of makeovers with friends,
using contour sticks and beauty blenders,
making “Tiktoks” with dance moves
called the “whoah” and “Say So.”

She dances next to me,
her lithe, thin body
moving like a wet noodle
in a way, mine never could.

We talk of giving me a makeover,
fitting my bulky thighs in “skinny” jeans,
and buying me a trendy baggy sweater
so she isn’t embarrassed
by my grungy sweats.

She wants to “draw” my eyebrows.
“I have eyebrows,” I reply.
She giggles and explains
what “drawing eyebrows” really means.

“I’m a dinosaur,” I say.
She looks at me, puzzled.
“No, you’re not. Dinosaurs are cool.”

I laugh, and her sparkly world shines,
eclipsing my ancient one.


Bio: Miriam Manglani lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and three children. She works full-time as a Technical Training Manager. Her poetry has been published in Village Square; Poetry Quarterly; Rushing Thru the Dark; and Vita Brevis.  Check out Miriam’s published writing by visiting her website.


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Northern Lake

by Glenda Walker-Hobbs

birch and spruce trees
in the boreal forest line the shores
of the northern lake
shimmering in the sunlight

waves lap at the shoreline,

then swoosh out to create whorls

in the centre of the lake



a blue heron wades

at the shoreline

to scoop up a fish


it swoops down and

glides above the waves,

retreats to its nest



eagles wheel and dive

and soar across the sky

seeking prey



suddenly

a flock of scolding crows

chases the eagles away



two Mallard drakes start a fight

in the water, then dive,

swim, dive again



white puffs of cloud

chase each other

across the heavens



the lake

stretches towards

tree-lined shores and sky


BIO: Glenda Walker-Hobbs (Glennis Hobbs) is a Canadian poet and writer. She helped found a local Writers Guild and currently serves as its secretary. She is a long-time member of Writers’ Village University and a co-moderator of Word Weavers Poetry Group. Glennis has published twelve books of poetry, including four chapbooks. Her prose and poetry are published in various anthologies and e-zines, including forty-six poems in Village Square. She currently has two poetry books and two novels in progress. https://www.amazon.com/Glenda-Walker-Hobbs/e/B001K8Y7PK%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share?author-follow=B001K8Y7PK&

*Photo was taken By Glenda Walker Hobbs.

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Safe

by

Brian Hunt

Everyone wore a mask now, but why they did was no longer a question. Those who asked either disappeared or, after a suitable period of re-education, joined their faceless colleagues. The masks kept us free not just from airborne threats to health but from the complexities of signalling...

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Eagles’ Run

by

Sandra Niedzialek

Sarah Jensen works at the county morgue. It’s the only job available, her probation officer tells her. She’s a lousy thief, it seems. Gah, she hates scrubbing stainless steel. She’s the only one in the morgue because her shift is from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. As she...

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How Horrible the Moon

by

Brian Hunt

How horrible the moon. How horrible the pale light it cast upon my grave as it called me to my duty.

In a few short hours I would leave the comfort of my grave to walk among the living. I scared most of them, but now after over...

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The Woman in the Mirror

by

Miriam Manglani

Jack pulled the comforter over his head and clamped his hands over his ears, but it did
little to block out his parents’ screaming. If it got any worse, he would hide in his closet.

“I told you I wanted shrimp for dinner,” Amit, Jack’s father, scowled and...

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To the Moon

by

Brigitte Whiting

"How terrible the moon," Mr. Abrams said each time there was a full moon. "There's sadness with beauty."

At first, when the future Mrs. Abrams met him, she thought it was odd. When he was young, he'd wanted to ride on the back of his older brother's motorcycle...

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One Precious Day

by

Paul K. McWilliams

“We love those who know the worst of us and don’t turn their faces away.”
                                                                                                                     -Walker Percy

                                                                   

Mike Hanlon, an old childhood friend of mine, had cultivated the pot, not for kicks or profit, but expressly for relief.  He was a poor and suffering soul growing...

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SkippyGraycoat

by

Peter Mancusi

Skippy Graycoat woke up early to the chirping of birds. It had been a long night for the young squirrel. He spent hours fixing up his new apartment, a fancy little hollow inside of an old, maple tree, and he was happy to finally have some privacy. No...

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A Pot Full of Beans

by

Brigitte Whiting

Clara Beth didn't remember that she'd promised to fill the cast iron bean pot for the Smithville Annual Bean Hole Bean Pot supper until late Friday afternoon when she received the call that the bean hole was prepared, the embers hot and ready. "Almost ready," she lied. What...

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How You Can Go Wrong

by

Lisa Benwitz

“Don’t be ridiculous,” Angelina scoffed at Sam, her husband of sixty years. “You’re not leaving. You won’t last a day without me.”

“I can’t deal with you anymore,” he said as he walked out the door. As if she’d been the one to disappoint, to betray.

Angelina’s sagging...

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The Piano

by

Nitin Mishra

The old grand piano sat in lonely corner of the room. Dust covered the piano body, and insects crept in through the keys. For the house’s inhabitants, the grand piano was merely a dead wooden sound-making device mechanically operated. No one ever tried to infuse life into the...

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Makers and Takers

by

Kim Bundy

Jake dropped the baby off at daycare early that morning and replaced three water heaters by lunch. There were two HVAC systems left to service, so he wolfed down a sandwich as he drove between jobs. When he got back to the shop that afternoon, his boss called...

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The “Ely Kay”

by

Paul K. McWilliams

It’s my boat yard, and I don’t much care for the look of her. It’s a point of pride. You should be able to take a level to a boat up on lumber. Every day with her list, she stares me down. She looks guilty and sad with...

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What We Long For

by

Cyril Dabydeen

Creating an imaginary garden
                            with real toads in it.
                                    --Marianne Moore


Frogs circle the yellow-and-black snake in the trout stream by instinct, no less. Mr. Yorick, tall, but roundish, ...

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Emerson

by

Paul K. McWilliams

He hurts, body, mind, and soul. Death has made its introduction and he has given it a knowing nod. At this moment he’s in a hospice unit. The head of his bed is elevated and he’s in the consoling company of his dog, Emerson. The dog proved quickly...

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Blunt Trauma

by

Paul K. McWilliams

To all, excepting only Annie, Charles W. Durgin fell while fishing and drowned.  It has been nearly ten years since she struck him with his own club, the club he affectionately called “the priest.” Nightmares still waken her upright and screaming. Not the stifled screams into his calloused...

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Man in the Mirror

by

Nitin Mishra

It may have been the sultriest day of the decade, who knows, maybe two or even three decades and the excessive humidity had invited swarms of insects. In such a sweltering afternoon people were destined to stay indoors, and if anyone ventured out, the insects would certainly torment...

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The Impostor

by

Mick Clark

I was amazed by how many people were stuffed inside my uncle Henry’s corpse.

My aunt clung to me for the first time in her life, bird-bone brittle and ashen pale, while the mourners breathed crowds of ghosts into the icy morning air.

The coffin swayed...

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21 Days of Lockdown

by

Donna Abraham Tijo

Day 1:
When Coronavirus Comes Calling
A five-year-old declares, 'I wish to always have my favourite pancake in my world.'

Day 2:
An E-mail of Hope
He sent the e-mail to the school reserving seats for his daughter for the fall session. It’s in the new city they...

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Sugar Daddy Dreams

by

Enza Vynn-Cara

Burnt toast, avocado, honey, two poached eggs laced with turmeric and garlic, and a new vitamin concoction that makes my stomach churn, and still, I guzzle half of it down with gusto, as if it’s our first Godfather Cocktail at Carlo’s Bar.

Why, you ask?

Because...

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The Visitor

by

Brigitte Whiting

Madeleine saw the visitor in her Sunday school class, a man her age, maybe fortyish —she considered herself a youthful fifty —with a deep dimple in the middle of his chin. He wore no wedding ring. He introduced himself as having just moved to Cannington, and was the...

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Chickens

by

Brigitte Whiting

First, there was dust everywhere, but now, far worse, there were chickens everywhere. They were pecking through the yard, leaving puffs of dust. They were roosting in the pine trees. And they clucked from morning to night. The five roosters vied for which was loudest and shrillest. Amanda...

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Desiree

by

Joe Cappello

I buried him in the backyard one night after a rainstorm. The soil I removed from the hole was thick and sticky and clung stubbornly to the surface of my shovel.

I connected the hose to the backyard spigot and used it to clean off the shovel. Then...

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The Anointing of Mary Ballard

by

Joe Cappello

The young lady entered the laboratory with her eyes cast down reverently, as though entering a church. When she reached the gurney, she pulled a chair close to it and placed the things she was carrying on a nearby table. She removed the sheet covering the body and...

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Beginning at the End

by

Joe Cappello

I am in a meeting at our England location in a typical rectangular conference room walled off from the real world of work taking place outside. Suddenly, I am a spirit floating above my colleagues, as though I had died only seconds earlier and am waiting to be...

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Hope Held My Heart

by

Chel Talleyrand

We were isolated that summer from the rest of the world. The excessive rains had pounded the fields into mosquito-infested pools, destroying our harvests of corn and beans. We heard it was worse in the cities. As food supplies depleted, guns decided distribution. Friends and families banded together...

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Bibliosmia

by

Penny Camp

My love for reading started early. I traveled the world and rode dragons, fought knights, stormed castles, stole treasure with pirates and rescued kidnapped princesses. I floated down rivers in the deepest regions of unexplored lands. I climbed trees and mountains and flew on clouds.

Mom read to...

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To Thwart a Wild Turkey Hen

by

Brigitte Whiting

A flock of wild turkeys has wandered in and out of my yard for years. I have a raised deck so my birdfeeders stand ten feet off the ground and the turkeys graze under them. They are timid birds, and typically when I step out onto the deck, ...

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The Style of No Style

by

Frank Richards

I must be the Charlie Brown of writers because I’ve never been able to figure out what “style” is all about. What does that word, ‘style,’ mean? I’ve always had a problem with it. If there were such a thing as “styleblindness,” a disease like colorblindness, I’d be...

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Corona Clean

by

Fran Schumer

The Corona virus presents new challenges. Stuck at home, and with more of us sleeping, eating and working here, and a dirtier house, I was finally going to have to figure out how to use my new vacuum cleaner. Ordered a year ago, it mostly sat in its...

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Occasional Neighbors

by

Brigitte Whiting

I understand a little bit about wild turkeys. They're on a constant hunt for food, drifting through the neighborhood scrounging what they can. But I don't know how it happens that a few will either be left behind by the flock or leave it. This past fall, I'd...

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Enjoy the Ride

by

Penny Camp

Get up early. You can’t ride all day if you sleep in. Braid your hair tight — you don’t want it flapping in the wind. Make sure you don’t wear the undies with the seams down the back because after a long day of riding they will make...

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Cocoa and Biscuits

by

Penny Camp

Saturday mornings were special occasions at our house when we were growing up. My friends begged to spend the night so they could be part of the Saturday morning ritual.

Mom would take out her green plastic bowl and splash in a little water, a little cocoa powder, ...

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Livin’ the Dream

by

Holly Miller

When I was a child, my mom and Aunt Leona would pack us six kids into our blue Chevy Belair and drive to a local mobile home dealer (they were known as trailers back then). We would walk through the new homes, just for something to do. How...

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Fall in Maine

by

Brigitte Whiting

Autumn is falling in Maine, harder this year than I remember over the last few falls. We've had two nights of close to freezing temperatures, not enough to ice over the birdfeeders or kill any of my plants yet, but cold enough to turn the furnace on. My...

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Best Laid Plans

by

Penny Devlin

Every year shortly before spring, the Gurney’s Seed & Nursery Co. catalog shows up on my doorstep. The cover is plastered with a WARNING label in big black letters informing me that if I don’t order now, this will be my last catalog. It also has coupons: $100...

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One January Morning

by

Brigitte Whiting

Mornings, I like to have a Kindle eBook open on the dining room table so I can read and look out into the backyard to see what might be happening. 

I live in a raised ranch with an attached two-car garage. My deck, which is off the kitchen...

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The Ruins and the Writing Technique of Negative Space

by

Sarah Yasin

A book club I’m part of recently discussed The Ruinsby Scott Smith. It’s not a book I would have finished reading based on the first 50 pages, but sticking with it afforded me insight into what a narrative voice can do. The story is about a group...

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A River of Words

by

Penny Devlin

Go to work every day. Do your job. Do it well. Always learning, getting better every day. Soaking in the letters that become words, that lead to success.

Meetings, instructions, to-do lists, directions — the words start to drown like a river of brown muddy water rushing through...

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Canada, Marty, and The Exorcist

by

Jen Lowry

On our homeschool adventure today, we dreamed aloud of the places we would travel to if we could. My kids and I agree: Ireland and Scotland are our top two places to visit. We played music from Spotify and sang aloud to the merry tunes of the Irish.

...

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Monarch Butterflies

by

Brigitte Whiting

I had no idea what milkweed looked like because I'd never seen it, but I'd always wanted it to grow in my yard so I could see the monarch butterflies.


For the longest time, I've hoped the patch of wonderfully fragrant plants with pale purple flowers growing...

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A Monarch Chrysalis

by

Brigitte Whiting

The monarch caterpillar couldn't decide where to turn itself into a chrysalis. He wandered across my front stoop so many times I was afraid I'd step on it so I stopped using the front door. One time, he'd be crawling up a post of the front railing. Another...

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Truth

by

Angela Hess

I am twisted, bent, and deformed on every side. Everyone trying to use me to serve their own purposes, to justify their own beliefs and actions. Their eyes constantly sliding away from my pure, unaltered form, too brilliant and painful to behold without their chosen filters to dim...

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The Goldfinch

by

Brigitte Whiting

On a Monday afternoon, I carried a bucket of water outdoors to refill the birdbath. A male goldfinch jumped down from the bath’s rim, and hopped away as quickly as he could to creep beneath a nearby spruce branch. I thought how odd he was...

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Of Heroes and Holiness

by

Angela Hess

What does a hero look like?

 

George Bailey is a hero.

 

George Bailey dreamed of traveling the world.

 

George Bailey gave up his dreams to care for his family and community.

 

Rudy left his family...

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My Desk

by

Luann Lewis

Another rejection letter and I feel like a loser. Yeah, I know, I’m not trying to make a living doing this. I even claim to be “writing for myself.” Butwe all want validation and, let’s face it, us writers want readers. So here I sit, ...

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My Mobile Space

by

Janet Harvey

 

In June, I will expect to find my special place in Townsville, Queensland. Last year it was in Darwin, Northern Territory, and today my place is in Hobart, Tasmania.

 

 

We live in a truck, a 2004 Isuzu 350NPR turbo automatic...

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A Red Squirrel's Narrative

by

Brigitte Whiting

This past summer and fall upturned me. The birdfeeder, usually so generous, abdicated her job, and I had to scrounge for food during the long wet season. My mother told me it was unusual to have such a rainy August and October. She would know. I was born...

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Talk-Back, Dear Lia, on FnF

by

Joy Manné

This essay is part of a Talk-Back series – I owe that title to Karen. A Talk-Back is my response to a chapter in a WVU textbook, my communication with its author.

This Talk-Back is a response to the exercise in Lia Purpura’s chapter, ‘On Miniatures,’ (Flas...

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Reunion

by

Lina Sophia Rossi

“Why the F--- Do I want to see a F—ing alligator jump up to eat a F—ing chicken hanging on a clothesline?”

 

The last time I hung out with my Uncle Dan is when I dragged him to Gatorland to do something touristic. ...

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A Fear of Broken Things

by

Angela Hess

“Does he look at you?”

 

My cousin’s innocent question triggers a flashing red warning light in my brain. My baby doesn’t look at me. I assumed he was too young still, but my cousin’s baby is only four days older than mine, and they are...

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Neighborhood Walk Meditation

by

Lina Sophia Rossi

Vultures gather on the old man’s neighbor’s barn,
‘decorated with ravens and barren trees.
A small cottontail stirs...

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Dream Metaphor

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs

I shiver in the darkened room,
stretch, try to pull the covers higher,
suddenly I am floating near...

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A Whitmanesque Inventory: Spring

by

Phebe Beiser

So glad it rained last night. Now, late morning, sun shines,
an unexpectedly warm early March. What a...

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Solitary

by

Malkeet Kaur

For eons now, the very core of my being
has become inaccessible.

Solitary.

Once it used to be...

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The Blanket Hugs Me

by

Louise E. Sawyer

I’m grateful that I have a daybed
downstairs where I can rest during the day
with my Guinea...

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On Love and Dreams

by

Miriam Manglani

1.
Love is a beast and angel and dream on fire.

2.
Your soul wakes in your dreams.

...

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The Writer’s Breastplate

by

Louise E. Sawyer

…apologies to St. Patrick


Creative Spirit with me,
Creative Spirit before me,
Creative Spirit behind me,
Creative Spirit...

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The Sweater

by

Malkeet Kaur

As I rummage through the clothes,
I spot it, the well-worn white sweater
that now had aging spots...

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The Holly Tree

by

Nolo Segundo

We have a large holly tree
in our backyard—
is it foolish to say
you love a tree?

...

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waiting on an email

by

Gerardine Gail Esterday

rain beats against the metal awning.
winds whipped up against two storms
racing each other over the Mississippi
...

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Looking for Weeds

by

Louise E. Sawyer

Pushing my walker with the purple
pet carrier propped up on the seat,
I walk down the driveway.
...

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Ocean Mood

by

Malkeet Kaur

The roaring, crashing surf summon us.
Soft and damp ecru sand lies beneath our bare soles.
The sun-baked...

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The Beetle in the Sink

by

Miriam Manglani

There is a beetle in the sink.  
A big fat one,
shiny and black
with sharp needle...

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Four Cats – Four Friends

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs

I
the painting of four cats
hangs on my living room wall


II
you can see
Glory Barrie...

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On Eating an Orange and Seeing God

by

Nolo Segundo

I miss the big navels, the big navels when they are not in season,
but almost any orange...

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Summer – A Pantoum

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs

I sit on my deck and enjoy summer sun.
Zephyrs caress my cheeks with soft kisses.
Bombay cat...

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Your Broken Heart

by

Miriam Manglani

I found your heart’s hinge —
I knew it could open!
Inside, I saw all of its broken...

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Who Is Margaret?

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs

I find the small black and white picture in a box
of old letters untouched for twenty years.
...

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Made Whole by Others

by

Miriam Manglani

Some people fill deep holes in us
the space that’s left when our loved ones leave
they plug...

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Autumn Villanelle

by

Glenda Walker-Hobbs

leaves don orange, crimson and yellow gowns
as they prepare for Cinderella’s autumn ball,
soon the leaves will...

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Sunny Day Epiphany

by

Lina Sophia Rossi

Umberto, my Golden Retriever is sad,
Sparkie and Sal, his companions, have died

I wanted to adopt a...

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Ocean City

by

Nolo Segundo

I saw it then as my own little Shangri-la,
for I was very small and knew nothing
of...

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All The Dead I Know

by

Nolo Segundo

Let’s start with Eric—a nerdy-looking kid before
nerds were invented, and only 18 when he crashed
his funny...

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The Dinosaur Will Get a Makeover

by

Miriam Manglani

She talks of makeovers with friends,
using contour sticks and beauty blenders,
making “Tiktoks” with dance moves
called...

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Fireplace Camping

by

Louise E. Sawyer

After supper, my brother Frank and I beg Dad,
“Tell us a story in front of the fireplace.”
...

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My Love

by

Miriam Manglani

My love for you was tentative and tender
Now it blazes like wildfire through dry fields
Cuts through...

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The Never-Was-But-Could-Have-Been

by

Miriam Manglani

I never doubted that he loved me
even after he died from dementia —
There were tight hugs...

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Glenda Walker-Hobbs

Apricot the Beanie cat
perches atop the bookcase,
guards the books,
taunts the ginger kitten down below

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Gerardine Gail (Esterday) Baugh

How blind are we with
wishes that bite; with
memories that burn;
that we choose, to be
trapped, ...

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Invisible Lines

by

Miriam Manglani

When I first saw their formless
bodies on screen,
worlds unfurled
in their grainy black and white images,
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She Bikes for the First Time

by

Miriam Manglani

“Keep peddling!” I call.
Not prepared to watch her fall.
I hold the bike steady
and let it...

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The Stranger

by

Miriam Manglani

You were always quiet but
grew quieter.
Unable to retrieve basic words like “cat”.
There were other small...

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Bob Hembree

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by

Alberto Rodriguez Orejuela

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The Fly on the Wall

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Bob Hembree

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Glancing Vulnerably

by

Alberto Rodriguez Orejuela

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Fowl Squabbling

by

Bob Hembree

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A Mid-Photo's Daydream

by

Alberto Rodriguez Orejuela

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Solar Reflection

by

Bob Hembree

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Being Held Up

by

Alberto Rodriguez Orejuela

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Reflections

by

Paula Parker

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Jack

by

Gerardine Gail Esterday

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Hollister

by

Alberto Rodriguez Orejuela

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Evelyn

by

Gerardine Gail Esterday

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Curiosity

by

Alberto Rodriguez Orejuela

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Rebecca

by

Gerardine Gail Esterday

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Hazel

by

Alberto Rodriguez Orejuela

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Working Hands

by

Paula Parker

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Maya

by

Alberto Rodriguez Orejuela

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The Birds in the Flower

by

Alberto Rodriguez Orejuela

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Pst... Hey

by

Alberto Rodriguez Orejuela

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The World in Her Hands

by

Alberto Rodriguez Orejuela

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Oak

by

Craig Gettman

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Flower

by

Craig Gettman

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Berries

by

Craig Gettman

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Winding Road

by

Craig Gettman

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Sunset - April 2020

by

Craig Gettman

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