Afternoon of May 25, 2023



early to bed

early to rise

I can’t keep up

with her

exercise

~Randy Brooks



tropical jungle

whiffs of life from its debris—

rejuvenation

~James Penha



Our jagged-edged

world protrudes into

neighbouring galaxies,

stirs up storm clouds,

disturbs prophesy

~Pam Makin



but it has always been this way

that the bones of the dead

nourish the land

~Tiffany Shaw-Diaz



dearest maple

i am tired

of being the wind

~Tiffany Shaw-Diaz



night train —

throwing another day

into the lake

~Debarati Sen



she has

no reflection

uh—oh…

~Sharon Ferrante



New Year's Day

on our snowman's head

an ice bag

~John J. Dunphy



lilac bush

i no longer have

illusions about my goodness

~Tiffany Shaw-Diaz



No


No, I do not want to read

the Jewish heritage display books.

I will celebrate my Jewish heritage

by being cranky.

Thank you.

~Noah Berlatsky



Choose your own adventure

but keep your seatbelt fastened

and familiarise yourself with

the brace position

~Pam Makin

Morning of May 21, 2023


brontosaurus

stretching into frame

a man seated

patiently reading

his newspaper

~Jerome Berglund


Screen door slams

I enter into

Summer

~Jennifer Gurney



life falls

out from under you . . .

sudden sinkhole

~Kimberly Kuchar



at the river mouth plastic mountain

~Srini



49 Cents Change


handed to me. I announced

I love multiples of seven.

She's allergic to math,

she said.

I imagine, long

division, breaking her out in fives.


Back home, my subtraction ended

abruptly, anxiety tripled.


She said, I could count on her.

~Keith Snow



ripples

in the pond . . .

I fade away

~Kimberly Kuchar



Venus


solving 

for good


through 

reverse 

engineering 

~Jerome Berglund



frozen noon. . .

the soldier's son sketches

a robin

~Bipasha Majumder (De)



I am a new man today.

Or is that tomorrow?

~Noah Berlatsky



                                               ion

                                        tat

                               evi

                           l  

table magic pay to watch

~Jerome Berglund



the storm

carries away

my voice

I ask the wizard for help

but he can't hear me

~Kimberly Kuchar



Under spring clouds

hawks circle an Exxon station

checking gas prices?

~Steve Van Allen



stagnant pond

the stench

of a dead haiku

~Kimberly Kuchar



rainy day

crunch of snail shells

under my feet

~Fran├žoise Maurice



thriving

in the scrapyard

rejected poems

~Kimberly Kuchar

Evening of May 20, 2023


Through the window

the brick wall.

I’ll look again tomorrow.

~Noah Berlatsky



spring darkness

surrounds us

far from civilization

the heavens give way

to a pinwheel galaxy

~Christina Chin / M. R. Defibaugh



Profile


It’s spotified beneath the dirt,

the face, book laid out, skin-spread wheals,

so small, but instant gram of pain,

beneath the grime now deep ingrained,

patina, antique furniture -

poor profile, social media.

I’m now unliked, though fleas do well.

~Stephen Kingsnorth



in every mirror

a ghost

in time.

~Noah Berlatsky



morning coffee -

pressing issues

drip away

plunging us

into a new day

~Bonnie Scherer



rewriting an earlier annotation in the book I'm rereading

~Patrick Sweeney


 

the luminous face of the man who plays the kazoo

~Patrick Sweeney

 

I'm at my own atomic impasse when it comes to Feynman's bongos

~Patrick Sweeney


 

remembering the deep summer ice cream headaches of our love

~Patrick Sweeney


 

a sudden change of mind about spontaneous combustion

~Patrick Sweeney