Mount Tullywind by Brandon Whitaker

His wife let leave her rigid lipAnother trembling sigh,A cargo tossed to save the ship,To let her sorrow lie. “I hear and love you, light of mine,”She found the words at last,“Yet look once more the family fine,Your hopes have quick o’erpassed.” A knowing nod received her plea,Expectant and reposed,Her hand, aquake perceptibly,He took and…

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Relic by Ivanka Fear

Present obsessionshere today, unwanted tomorrow, gone yesterday:ready to assemble and made in China, ready to toss before it’s assembledfrom box to garbagenew technologies and smart speakers, houses modernized clonesfrom human contact to computer takeoversocial media and texting, connecting you with everyonefrom acquaintances to strangers to stalkersSmart phones and iPadsinstant images never printed, from snap to…

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Long Gone By School Days by Guiseppe Gillespie

Ah the scraping of timeworn tabletops,Scratched at and tinkered by puerile minds,Speedily scripting drivel. Ah the smell of venerable carpet,Trodden and treated to absconders,Whose footsteps fade into memory. Ah the craving of lunch hour’s fury,A quick rush of sugar, dough, and nicotine,Fueling learning’s deadline. Ah the indignant stern corrections,Stifling the sordid, immature chatter,Paving way for…

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The Haunting Tree by Josh Poole

Fleeting leaves of haunting treesGhosts of August goneFall to despair upon its kneesTo whisper winter’s song. Your soul trampled beneath my shoesYour heart bare of breastFor your last dirge winter blowsAnd at last falls out your nest. Dead to me the bird that’s flownTo finer trees in finer placesIt cracks my mind to have ever…

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