View Issue vol. 12, no. 7
ISSN 2369-6516 (Print)
ISSN 2369-6524 (Online)
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Poem by Scott Lynch
when all of fall’s
been put to bed
and we have need
to bog and marsh
to drink of nature’s art
here winterberry holly
Love, Repetition, High Tech
Rectangle Poem by Harry Garrison
the hearse that read like a love letter
Poem by Mark Ryan
the hearse that read like a love letter
rolled to the curb
“dear love” it whispered
as the tailpipe spewed eclectic recitations
of adolescent provocation and orgasmic inference
“dear love” it yearned
“it is with much deliberation and regret
i have become your vessel.”
Secrets of a Mirror
Poem by Janet Brush
I remember the antique hand mirror,
silver frame and handle.
On the back, engraved initials MWF.
Still so beautiful after so many years.
What secrets has the mirror seen?
A wedding gift for Margaret Wright Fraser 1855.
My great-grandmother. Does the mirror see
her joy as she examines her young face? – or fear
of the unknown life ahead?
Did she tell the mirror her pain and weariness
after each of thirteen births?
Did her tears wash it as each one went away?
Now a little girl holds the mirror,
watches as grandmother makes ringlets
in her hair, puts a huge bow on top.
My mother, an orphan. Did she ask the mirror,
Do I look like my mamma?
She inherits the mirror, keeps it always
on her dresser, a reminder of happier times.
The mirror witnessed the bruises and cuts
to that lovely face, inflicted by a madman, my father.
Did she beg the mirror to show her a way out?
I saw myself in that mirror – until it disappeared.
Our life torn apart, home dismantled,
we went our separate ways. But wherever the mirror is,
it keeps the secrets it witnessed – it will never tell.
Poem by Georgia Atkin
ghosted past my lips
lighter than air
and heavier than dreams,
and I watched it climb
the dark tapestry of the sky,
passing through thin clouds
and deep breaths of rain,
higher and higher,
until a star reached out, gently,
and caught it
in the palm of its hand.
Poem by Lorie Morris
Believe, in faith!
Believe, in love!
Believe, in people!
Believe, in greater good!
Believe, in something, or
you will fall, for anything!
Poem by Rod Stewart
As soon as the air
Has a taste of snow,
Children’s whispers grow
Of when, oh when,
If never too soon,
For our esteemed guest to arrive.
Barging through the front door,
Tipsy, bold and brazen,
Falling into any and all
Overwhelmed and groaning.
Those prickly limbs
Like an old dog
Over faces, floor and furniture.
So well loved,
No one could murmur,
Through hauls and heaves,
Until finally poised
By an heirloom corner,
To witness and share our love
Our seasonal content.
Our holiday host
Hung with gracious admiration,
Beneath the angelic spire.
Poem by Murphy St. Claire
Crumpled up paper people become ghosts under my bed
Daytime quiet sleepily stretches its way through my head
Matching socks waltz around my room
So often mistaken, is this boredom: for gloom
Outside there’s no sun no clouds, no weather at all
It’s not just me, the whole world’s in a stall
Poem by Tim Covell
Dad’s first car was sensible, practical
A used 1966 Valiant
Slant six, four-door sedan, brown vinyl seats
Drum brakes couldn’t manage trailer towing
So a new two-door Buick Century
V8, black vinyl roof, white vinyl seats
Not a sensible car, with kids and dog
But impressive to women, I gathered
And dad soon had the car all to himself
There was, one visit, an old Mercedes
A logo’d keychain proof of achievement
And no return to sensibility.
Poem by Erica Allanach
You leave behind love
Blooms aching hope
That in turn
Love, paid forward,
Will conquer pain
Poem by Jim Hoyle
I can’t come next Saturday,
________I have a previous engagement.
Tomorrow’s full, of course,
______________Sunday always is a heavy day.
Have you noticed how tired I am lately?
I’m afraid I’ll be busy on Monday, too,
________________from morning ‘till night,
so it’ll be hard to sneak in a rest
_____(you know I’ve felt run-down lately).
Perhaps on Tuesday I’ll find
_________a moment to come, if I feel up to it.
But Wednesday’s definitely out and
I always keep Thursdays for personal
____________business and that needed rest.
Again, I’ll have to squeeze in a nap
_________________on frantic Friday.
I tire so easily lately.
So I might not be around next Saturday.
Poem by Mike McFetridge
Now it sits empty, black and bare,
Upon the verandah… Dad’s chair;
The hours he sat upon its seat,
While traffic passed by on the street;
Many stopped to tell a tale,
And old friends, too, would share an ale;
Past adventures were recalled,
It was as if the time had stalled;
But time moves on, now we just stare
At the empty seat that was Dad’s chair.
Exiles in Ecum Secum
Poem by Nathaniel S. Rounds
Hot with music to dance to
The radio ignites the curtains
This cabin-as-St.-Catherine’s-Court afire
With dance tunes and death
Tolls like a cackling Bowie Song
Inspiring so much verse
To so much inquiry
Poem by Memel Pound
The only thing we have to fear
is fear itself
No matter the stripe one wears,
we must on a shelf
put the party man,
put the party plan
for the common cares.
There’s a garden to be tended
and rends to mend in flags.
The oath not in rags,
no tears in promise to
save our children’s troth
“Have an ARTitude”
Poem by Richard S. Payne
Have an ARTitude,
heART, and creARTivity.
Life is an ART form!
Haiku by David Mac Eachern
Giving from the heart
For there’s opportunity
Real life insurance
Poem by Graham Atkin
Tonight we raid West Street
Juicy takings there
Lots of unwashed garbage
Smell it a mile off
Here’s the plan
We all look immaculate
Not a hair out of place
Clean our teeth
And polish our noses
Going from house to house
Knock over plant pots
Sitting on their fences
And on their patios
If we get caught
Just stay calm, smile
And bare our teeth
They run a mile
And…. don’t forget
To nibble the edges
Off their plastic garbage bags
That really pisses them off
Raccoon Platoon……. Go for it!
Poem by Catherine A. MacKenzie
Oh, to run
Across fields of four-leaf clovers,
To smell wildflowers
To dodge cement boulders
Rising from hell.
Oh, to breathe
To reach the sky,
To bend to earth.
Oh, to live
And not die.
Why I Wrote this Poem
Why did I write this? These words just came to me. So much death and destruction and devastation in the world today. In my case, the loss of my adult son Matthew in 2017—a death I’ll never be over despite people telling me it’s been “long enough,” that I “should be over it,” blah, blah, blah. Really? Have you lost a child?