Afternoon of April 30, 2024

when you say “I don't know” you're not lying

~Keith Snow

the bird breathes with wings of hope

~Mykyta Ryzhykh

daddy longlegs steady as he goes

~David C. Kopaska-Merkel

be ready your driver is three strawberries away

~Keith Snow

heaven is born for its own crucifixion

~Mykyta Ryzhykh

another day

adding to the list

why, why and why

~Biswajit Mishra

Nasal Passage

follows her nose

her deviated septum

leads her astray

~John H. Dromey


Hear, see, write

Hear, see, change

See, think, change

Think, change

Hear, change


~Biswajit Mishra

crystal-clear dreams

I fall asleep wearing

my glasses

~John J. Dunphy

Bargaining with a hawker

And underlying him

I get repentant and

Search for the hawker

To overvalue my cognition.

~Partha Sarkar

the seagull doesn't know that it can't fly, so in the end it flies

the feathers were left lying on the windowsill

feathers can no longer be considered feathers due to the absence of a bird

feathers can turn into a souvenir

feathers can turn into an ornament of an ancient person

feathers can turn into an anthropologist's find

feathers can turn into anything

but where has the bird gone now?

~Mykyta Ryzhykh

Sweeping away the innocent dead birds,

The bastard wisdom:

Not my stupidity, El Nino causes

The birds' death

From / in heatwave.

~Partha Sarkar

birds die like dots

on the horizon of a sky

pierced by military missiles

~Mykyta Ryzhykh

dusty webs

and the husks of flies

cedar chest

~David C. Kopaska-Merkel

Chore Embellishment

Light bulb is replaced.

Dawn returns to universe.

Christ has returned.

~Chad Parenteau

writing a haiku

in the snow

the dog pees

~Noah Berlatsky


large-mouthed bass as his wife gives birth


~Roberta Beach Jacobson

Cold skin learns to warm bones

Another star falls from the sky to the ground

Another bone falls into the autumn coffin

~Mykyta Ryzhykh



"you call that a eulogy?!"

minister interrupted by

the deceased

~John J. Dunphy

tired photons fly

into the forever dark

end times

~David C. Kopaska-Merkel

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