Five Fleas Merch

Morning of June 30, 2023


Fireworks


Did the founders

truly want

to frighten my dog?

~Noah Berlatsky



the immensities of a boy's lonely summer

~Patrick Sweeney



my best Fred Astaire for the long-life of a carpenter ant

~Patrick Sweeney



the scholars are arguing about Woodrow Wilson   I stayed out of it

~Patrick Sweeney



kindness of neighbors sharing our wildfires

~Roberta Beach Jacobson



all in favor

of plutocracy

the I’s have it

~Jerome Berglund



red ants

throwing bodies

at the menace 

~Jerome Berglund



false spring 

how they portray

Pugachev

~Jerome Berglund



magma—

the silent spew

of all

         hurts

~A.J. Anwar



Afterlife


I am dead

but not buried.

 

Going through

the motions

 

somewhere.

~Dan Provost



thickest makeup to show more clowns

~A.J. Anwar



a gulp of cold barley tea    there goes another cool customer

~Patrick Sweeney



enduring alone the Circus Maximus of the Nightly News

~Patrick Sweeney


Afternoon of June 28, 2023


waiting at the platform a fateful jump

~Eavonka Ettinger



balcony argument who’s the pushover now

~Roberta Beach Jacobson



wicked witch

melts into a green puddle

what a world

~Eavonka Ettinger



When the day is done

And the house has quieted

I miss you the most

~Jennifer Gurney



skid row

being fed a soup of

empty promises

~Eavonka Ettinger



From Beyond

 

It came from

over there

in the mirror.

 

Which is just the worst

when you’re over fifty.

~Noah Berlatsky



Fleabag


This dump is a fleapit, the dogs don’t stay here.

Dogs know to avoid getting flea-bitten.

This dive is down in the dumps, and so am I.

Diving into a pile of trash is more fun and has fewer fleas.

~Nolcha Fox / Julie A Dickson



even in a tutu a flea still a flea

~Roberta Beach Jacobson



all roads lead to roaming

~Eavonka Ettinger


Morning of June 27, 2023


Truth is a bird smashing into a window.

~Wolfgang Wright



Winged wonder

grabbing earrings,

fluttering up

to sit on wire,

daring me to

climb to heights

and use my cutters.

I refuse, I choose

to leave home

hoopless.

~Nolcha Fox



She giraffes her head

above the hedge,

listening to her neighbors.

They look her way,

she giraffes her neck,

as if she’s eating leaves.

~Nolcha Fox



tightrope walker

meets past and future

in the middle

~Stephanie Zepherelli



Death be not proud.

Death be not.

Death be.

Death.

~Noah Berlatsky



Dead


turtle in road

we stopped - she ran out

Too late, shell cracked

it was dead - moved to roadside


No rescue this time

just a gentle word - a quiet end

~Julie A Dickson



dough kneading

fold after fold

the layers of my thought

~Fran├žoise Maurice



Gambling


I bet on myself

And I lost me

 

I bet on my job

And I lost it

 

I bet on my girl

And I lost her

 

So I bet on the world

And all was lost

~Wolfgang Wright



The Rice Effect


What makes you think i am human?

the nap post lunch when i was a child:

a portal to different versions of me—


I devoured them all, so here I am a woman

young and fit by imagination running wild

on a bowl of rice to set the kraken free.

~Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo



Extinction


Maybe the dodos were just tired of it all.

~Wolfgang Wright