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Pandemic Independence Day, by Kevin Clougherty

There were no fireworks on the fourth. Instead, so many flags at half mast.But I was lucky, and shared a safe-distanced barbecue with family and a friend or two. I wondered then, if there wouldn’t bea…

Apodiformes trochlidae, by Nancy Schmalz

Apodiformes trochlidae(unfooted small bird) I am a hummer; I bustlefrom blossom to blossom all day.My feet are too small to be useful — no matter: I hover, buzz forward and backward;my tongue…

The Last Box, by Doug Hansmann

A new pensioner, scanning the census, discernswhat a steely-eyed glance in the mirror confirms.The text reckons aging with figures and facts.The reflection, a boomer resignedly grasps. Remember when “you should” matured to…

Today I Am a Poet, by Justin O’Brien

I am not always a poet.But today I am a poet because someone has to give a name to this spring day and sing its praises. You might ask, “Do you have to be a…

Actresses, by William Robichaud

God bless those pale wisps,with soft names likeMichelle Pfeiffer,Cate Blanchett,Gwyneth Paltrow;But sometimes,I can barely recallwho is who,No more than my past selves,And so unlikemy now and futureJudi Dench. William Robichaud, Barneveld

1673, by Michelle Lynne

A TributeHumble and hardworkingKeeper of an ancient wayHead watersHead the watersof fractured faithand flameA mouth of many wordsSpoken inher native tongueConfluent berthGives birthto sacred songA delugeof proud praisesThis solemn assemblyCallsI bow beneathHer…

Footnote to a New Year’s Resolution, by Michael Brandt

I cannot write another’s story.I cannot comprehend another’s life.Even in the closest embracethe space between my mind and any other is a landscape of traps and mirrors. Only the deeds of another may…

Poem for a Neutrino, by Lyric Ozburn

 Particle accelerator buried deep in the earthA cavern tunneled in a circleBeneath buffalo and prairiesMetal machines measuring cooling electric magnetic heatFlinging you around and aroundWhipping you around again and againPulling you apartPain…

Unconditional Love (Palindrome Poem), by P.A.T. Larson

Mother am Ilaughing, crying,lullabies, scoldingyears teachingfund raisingcookie bakingprograms, meetingsrunning latefriends overarguments~unconditional love~argumentsover friendslate runningmeetings, programsbaking cookiesraising fundsteaching yearsscolding, lullabiescrying, laughingI am Mother P.A.T. Larson, Lone Rock

Abruptly, by Susan Krause

Abruptly I dream with fields and forestsentwined with resting roots,cozy beneath the snowy coverlet,curled around the glowingember of contentmentdeep in winter sleep. ABRUPTLY The door bursts open. I WAKE I am buoyed…