Five Fleas Merch

Evening of March 12, 2023


puzzling out

the footprints in the snow

alien invasion

~Joshua St. Claire



family planning —

the awkwardness of

a relative's advice

~Daipayan Nair



a nightmare…

my red kettle

hums a lullaby

~Kavita Ratna



the crust bends    a borehole spurts syrup   

~Richard Magahiz



The cruelty of

Children can be staggering

With a single word

~Jennifer Gurney



How can a full moon

Wreak havoc on the playground

From so far away

~Jennifer Gurney



Have you ever tried

Writing a simple word and

It just looks all wrong?

~Jennifer Gurney



when these shackles

were forged, dodos wept —

O the shame

~Richard Magahiz



women's day the little old lady speaks alone

~Fran├žoise Maurice



Indian curries

way of ghost pepper

from top to bottom

~Bidyut Prabha Gantayat



Stairway to Heaven

closed. Important construction

work about to begin.

~Oliver Kleyer



the door's friendly squeak in your wake

~Mirela Brailean



death asana—

my instinct

to survive

~Ram Chandran



not a soul

in the darkness

yet the fear...

~Sreenath



The switch

That silences the phone

Is broken.

What?

~Noah Berlatsky



marriage—

she packs her dreams

inside a garbage bag

~Debarati Sen



lullaby

she hums

to the empty cradle

~Debarati Sen



Dry lab

  slutter

  in the keypad 

  this is a re re re  

argus howls the horrible starlight

  flashblind

  at our feet the guts

  of a nebula

pickaxe strikes steel and that's how things end

~Richard Magahiz


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