Saturday, February 6, 2016

Not For Losers--By Joyce I. Johnson--United States

Not For Losers

I've joined the quite exclusive club,
"The Over Ninety Bunch"
If duty calls, we answer with,
"Denied, we're out for lunch."

We've worked hard and we've paid our dues,
In summer, spring and fall,
And since we live on borrowed time,
It is precious after all.

The winter of our lives is ours
To do with as we please.
We've taught you well, now do your job,
So we can take our ease.

If you should see some older gals
With  glasses of wine or punch,
Who look like they are having fun,
We're the "Over Ninety Bunch."

Joyce I. Johnson lives in the beautiful Skagit Valley of Washington State. She owns a small farm and rents her land to a bulb grower. She is surrounded by beauty in the spring from the tulips and daffodils that inspire much of her poetry. Joyce celebrated her 96th birthday in July of 2014.

A Gift from God - A Sonnet--By Elaine George--Canada

A Gift from God - A Sonnet

I am a wish, a prayer from mortal’s lips
That reached heaven and touched God’s fingertips
And returned to earth wrapped in flesh and blood
A gift from God’s unconditional love

So love and cherish me as God does you
And guide and teach me well in all I do
And through the years a garden we will grow
Filled with the fragrant beauty of the rose

And on the day I reach maturity
And feel the need like leaves to leave the tree
To show the world the colors that are me
Rejoice in all the beauty that you see

For I am your child the gift that God gave
No More than a wish and a prayer -  away.

Born in New Brunswick, Elaine George spent the early years of her life living in Lorneville (a small fishing village along the Bay of Funday) still inhabited by many of her family members.  Much of her writing is inspired by the memories of that place and those wonderful people.  She has published two volumes of poetry and is currently writing a novel entitled Out of the Darkness.  Many of her poems and short stories have appeared in magazines in both Canada and the United States. Currently she lives with her husband in Wainfleet, Ontario.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Montana Skies--By Connie Marcum Wong--United States

Montana Skies

Bison blaze through winter white
In stark contrast with the snow.
Montana skies wrap them in the
Frigid air as nostrils release their
Warm breath while they search
For grasses beneath the snow.
Low fog filters through the pines
As a welcome warming sun rises.
An eagle watches with vested vision.

Connie Marcum Wong has been the Web Mistress of a private poetry forum Poetry for Thought since October 1999. Her poetry has been in many publications, anthologies, magazines, and e-zines over the years. She published her first poetry chapbook, Island Creations in 2005. In 2007, Heart Blossoms was published. In January 2010, an anthology, A Poetry Bridge to All Nations, was published by Lulu Enterprises, Inc. Connie created the 'Constanza' poetry form in 2007 and Con-Verse form in 2010. She has resided with her husband in Hawaii since 1980.

Songs of Night--By John W. (Bill) Williams--United States

Songs of Night

Restless voice
on summer nights
start with a whisper
and gradually spill over
into the darkness.
I am captivated
by each distinct melody,
the rich resonance
of their voices
lift my spirit
higher and higher
until at last
I am floating
with each sound,
drifting closer
to where they’ve gathered
to render
their compelling melodies.

John W. (Bill) Williams is a retired language arts and children’s literature educator.  He lives in Martin, GA, where he stays busy with his art and poetry.  He has been published in a variety of venues.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

One Candle--By Annie Jenkin--England

One Candle

One candle travels around the world
 and another marks the passage of time,
One candle in a light house saves lives
 in days past defended a castle,
One candle ignites beacons of hope
 fervently offered up in prayer,
One candle shines light on a new path
 a warm glow appears at a window,
One candle welcomes you safely home.

Annie Jenkin lives in Plymouth, England. Having not written poetry for many years, Annie has returned to poetry writing with enthusiasm. Her writing explores several subject areas that are insightful, humorous but can also be sensitive.

Long-Retired, ME and the Mirror--By Eleanor Michael--United States

Long-Retired
ME and the Mirror

The other day I woke
feeling so good.
I thought, “Today’s
the day I could
go look for work.”

Then, I got out of bed
tottered to the bathroom,
stepped on the scale,
and washed my hands.
I saw my reflection
in the cabinet glass.

That did it! Who,
in their right mind,
would hire the ME
in the mirror?

Maybe, with make-up,
a new hairdo . . .
lose a few pounds . . .

Eleanor Michael has published poetry and short stories in a variety of venues.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Sheikha A.—Pakistan/United Arab Emirates and Suvojit Banerjee—India/United States

Komorebi

By Sheikha A. and Suvojit Banerjee

Voices of the night linger
as dawn kisses the night goodbye

I saw the light burst out 
of a white stag, standing like time

the night jar disappeared into shades
of a faded existence

the ancient rivers of folk moving 
on a dying star, breaking

to recollect old bones of the day
passed through trembling winds

to bring us news of souls in a pool
of time, where the stag kissed

the sand through its wings spanned
over the air like a commandment

like sunlight passing through leaves
of jungle with no shape

the lonely lighthouse’s hands raised
to the wind, the stag pierced

the relics of the guiding star – komorebi,
our reflections never whole.

A Quick Squiggle--By George L. Ellison--England

A Quick Squiggle
(Q Poem)

On a quality quiet stroll along the quayside
I quickly discover quite a few
Quintessential reasons for using my quill
Like quicksilver I quench my thirst for writing
Quips and Quotations as I question all I see

George L. Ellison is a writer of poetry and short stories. He has published three books called Poetic Reminiscences, Weaving Words and Reflections. George lives with his wife and dogs in Chester-Le-Street, County Durham in England. He is a member of The Writers and Poetry Alliance and owner of Poetry and short story ink.  George has a Facebook Author page and is currently working on various projects as well as learning to play the saxophone at the Sage Gateshead!

Leftovers--By Robert P. Hansen--United States

Leftovers

rag doll
    —mauled—
         squeaky chew toy
      puppy love
yips
      yaps
            growls
                      barks
       wagging tail
sloppy tongue

Robert P. Hansen teaches philosophy courses at a community college. In addition to poetry, he also writes genre fiction. His recent eBook publications include a free Story Sampler (14 stories from his collections), The Golden Key (Book 3 of his Angus the Mage fantasy series), and 2014: A Year of Poetry. For more information on his writing and where to find what he has published, visit his blog at: http://rphansenauthorpoet.wordpress.com/.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Weekly Prayers--By Edilson Afonso Ferreira--Brazil

My Weekly Prayers

Always on Tuesday, Saint Anthony’s day,
I attend Mass at Saint Anthony’s church, 
the littlest and farthermost of my town.  
Indeed, it is more like a chapel.
Few people go there, they pray mainly
at Saint Vincent’s, in the Central Square,
that looks as refulgent as a Cathedral.  
They are unaware that the church I go to
was built on the ground of old, or better,  
the oldest of our cemeteries.  
I know that great-grandparents’ bones
are in the foundation of Saint Anthony’s.
I strongly believe that  
my ancestors dispense their blessings
along with those of our Lord
and of the Saint of every Tuesday evening.

Edilson Afonso Ferreira is a Brazilian poet who writes in English rather than Portuguese, in order to reach more people. Has been published in online or printed venues like Cyclamens and Swords, Right Hand Pointing, Boston Poetry Magazine, The Lake, The Stare’s Nest, The Provo Canyon, Amomancies, Subterranean Blue, The Gambler, Whispers, Every Day Poems, Indiana Voice Journal and some others. Short listed in four American Poetry Contests, lives in a small town with wife, three sons and a granddaughter and began writing after retirement as a Bank Manager. He is collecting his works for a forthcoming book.    

Chasing the Raptor--By Ken Allan Dronsfield--United States

Chasing the Raptor

The ghostly shadow soars in an exhilarated flight;
forbidden in life; bequeathed through the veil;
Memories burned away like a nebula's fiery light;
Rising from the earth; to the clouds I inhale.

Once only strife where life should have been;
Destiny fulfilled during sunset at the harbor.
I'll smile for awhile; an electricity upon my skin.
Soaring through the mists, chasing the raptor.

Ken Allan Dronsfield is a published poet from Oklahoma.  He has written for many years and recently started submitting his poems for publication.  Ken enjoys spending time with his cats, Merlin and Willa.  Some of his published work can be viewed at: http://electricinthesun.blogspot.com/ Email:kadfield@gmail.com

Monday, February 1, 2016

Tanka--By Madhuri Pillai--Australia

ancient 
revered and reviled 
this gnarled tree
under its forgiving branches
I rest my earth years
________________

saturday night
in between silence
a yard dog's bark
whispering loneliness 
this cloudy night
________________

Madhuri Pillai has been writing haiku and tanka on and off…  Her work has been published in various on line magazines. She has worked as a journalist, and is an animal activist. Semi-retired, she lives in Melbourne in Australia.

Cleansing Rain of Love--By Rick Parise--United States

Cleansing Rain of Love

on the ocher drape
in bent shadow light crawling
a warm springtime flux 
drenching souls in purity
lies a simple love flower

Rick Parise, known as “A Pondering Poet”, is from the beautiful land of Salem, Oregon.  The main focus of his poetry is to take the reader to a meaningful, personal time in their lives, to a place where spirit's are touched and memories unwind. He hopes you enjoy his work. To Contact Rick please email him at rapondering@yahoo.com

FEBRUARY ANNOUNCEMENTS/PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES

NEW CONTRIBUTORS IN JANUARY--

Please welcome them to our community. We now have representatives from the following countries--Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Canary Islands, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Malawi, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey, U.A.E., United Kingdom, United States, Wales and Zimbabwe. I look forward to expanding this list in the future. Thank you to everyone that has supported Whispers in any way.                                                                                        -Sincerely,  Karen

                        Muskaan Ahuja--India
                        Blanca Alicia Garza--United States--First Individual Poem
                        Tammy Manikas--United States
                        Ananya Dhawan--India
                        Learnmore Edwin Zvada—Zimbabwe
                        CayCay Jennings—United States
                        Vivian Belford--Nigeria

We have a worldwide audience. If you are currently reading Whispers, please consider submitting a poem for consideration for publication. Click on the bright blue “Submission Guidelines” on the right side of the main page for guidelines.  Email submissions to Karen at  karenoleary1956@gmail.com  Thank you.

Note--Ads due for March column by February 25

ANNOUNCEMENTS—

John W. Williams has a new chapbook called A Cup of Warm Words for your enjoyment.  The book includes 82 poems on love, the art of living, nature, spiritual verse, and philosophy.  An autographed issue is available for $8 including postage and handling by contacting him at PO Box 326, Martin, GA 30557

Jack Horne announces the release of his second novel, Cyber Vamps: a paranormal-fantasy romance. This book is currently available from eTreasuresPublishing.com, price $3.99 http://jackhorne.blogspot.co.uk

Angelee Deodhar's, Journeys 2015, An Anthology of International Haibun, with 145 haibun by 31 poets of international repute, is available from Amazon.com.

Vasanthi Swetha runs a page on facebook called 'A Dreamer's Destination' and it primarily deals with micro poetry and musings. She welcomes discussions on poetry and sharing of poetry pieces . The link to the website is as under:
https://www.facebook.com/A-Dreamers-Destination-1492636884388408/timeline/?ref=bookmarks

Scott Thomas Outlar runs the site 17Numa where links to his published poetry, essays, and fiction can be found. The site also features a page devoted to literary publications which currently has nearly 150 venues listed. The blog’s page at 17Numa has links to the personal sites of other writers and artists, and has been designed with the hope that artists from all fields will check out and be inspired by the work of their contemporaries.

Beth Winchcombe announces her novel, For LOVE of Maria: A compelling love story. This is currently available in paperback on Amazon.co.uk, also Amazon.com priced at £7-99p. Kindle version to download for just £2-00p. Published by Diadem Books, Author name Beth Richards.

Russell Sivey has published a poetry book called Halloween Horrors II. This book can be purchased at lulu.com, search Halloween Horrors II. Please be sure you select the Halloween Horrors II as that one is the correct book.

Robert P. Hansen's forthcoming novel Angst (Book 4 of the Angus the Mage fantasy series) will become available in June or early July. In anticipation of this event, he has made the first book of the series free as an eBook through several retailers. For more on this and his other books, visit his blog at: https://rphansenauthorpoet.wordpress.com/.

Paul Callus published his first ebook of poetry called Meander in December 2014. It is a collection of 86 poems and songs which should appeal to those who read poetry for pleasure and relaxation. It is available at Amazon.

Pijush Kanti Deb released a poetry collection, Beneath the Shadow of a White Pigeon,
published by The Hollow Publishing. More information about the book is available at, http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Shadow-White-Pigeon-Pijush/dp/1505854113/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422829526&sr=8-1&keywords=beneath+the+shadow+of+a+white+pigeon

Marianne Szlyk has released a new chapbook, Listening to Electric Cambodia Looking Up at Trees at Heaven, through Kind of a Hurricane Press' Barometric Pressures Authors Series. You may download the chapbook for free at this site: http://barometricpressures.blogspot.com/2014/10/listening-to-electric-cambodia-looking.html Thank you.

Celine Rose Mariotti has a new mystery/detective book called Minister’s Shoes in which Rev. Castle helps Sada Sampson find her husband and he also proves that Trevor is innocent of killing Cartwright. The story involves casino deals, infidelity, gambling and some big town gossips who are knee deep in the casino deals.  Price of book is: $11.00. If you live in CT, sales tax is 6.35 so price would be $11.70.  Postage is $2.70.  You can order from Amazon or you can order from me: celinem@aol.com

Lisa DeVinney has a website for her devotional poetry called Lifting My Eyes, at liftingmyeyes.com

Karen O’Leary released Whispers, her first book of poetry in 2011, published by APF Publisher. It has been getting good reviews and is available at online at www.lulu.com (Search Whispers under Karen O'Leary) or contact Karen at karenoleary1956@gmail.com

PUBLICATION/CONTEST OPPORTUNITIES--

Please consider supporting Creative Inspirations by sending stamps or other small donations to help with postage.  Thank you.                                                                                                                                ---Karen

Pijush Kanti Deb has started POEBITA POETRY MAGAZINE an online poetry
site for the poetry lovers. All are requested to visit poebitapoetrymagazine.wordpress.com

David Fox, editor of The Poet's Art, is looking for family-friendly poems.  U.S. and foreign contributors can send as many poems that will fit on one page.  Send poems to: David Fox, 171 Silverleaf Lane, Islandia NY 11749.

Robert Epstein is Seeking Haiku, senryu, tanka and monochrome haiga related to the themes of animal rights for Save Every Chicken, Free Every Cow: Animal Rights Haiku.
Please send poems to Robert Epstein/Miriam Wald at taylorepstein@earthlink.net or SASE to: Robert Epstein, 1343 Navellier Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530. No compensation for inclusion in anthology. Deadline: 2/1/16.

Maurice J. Reynolds would like to share that Creative Inspirations, an email poetry publication, is accepting poetry submissions for publication. This publication offers an interview column, creative activities, information and advertisement, writer’s comments, good poetry, and more. Guidelines and subscription information for two first class postage stamps (To God be the Glory! Publications P.O. Box 19051 Kalamazoo, MI 49019). You can also go to: www.tgbtgpublictions.com for more information.

ayaz daryl nielsen's print publication bear creek haiku is always open for postal submissions, mail poetry to bear creek haiku, PO Box 596, Longmont, CO 80502, USA, 11 lines and less, include SASE. Can be contacted at darylayaz@me.com, blog site is bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com.

Tom Davis, publisher of Old Mountain Press, invites all to review his eBook site (Kindle and NOOK) where numerous Old Mountain Press Anthologies of poetry and prose are listed see: Self-publish an electronic book e-book with Old Mountain Press. Visit Old Mountain Press' eBook site at http://www.oldmp.com/e-book

Whispers is always looking for new writers to join our community.  Please send family friendly poems 20 lines or less karenoleary1956@gmail.com  Complete guidelines posted at the end of each month.  Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to the site.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

If I were a river--By April Mae M. Berza--Philippines

If I were a river

If I were a river, I will choose
you as my destination, to flow
like the tears of the cherubs
one summer to quench the thirst
of the vineyards.

I could hear the orchestra,
your violin laughter and your piano
smile blending harmoniously
with my heartbeat that I tried
to tie my foot to the hills
like the marriage of smell
and touch.

The pain in my chest to find
you in the arms of the sea is
a stabbing, I succumb that I feel
the sorrow travelling in my veins,
I am alone in this journey,
alone in this journey.

April Mae M. Berza is the author of Confession ng isang Bob Ong Fan (Flipside, 2014) and Berso de Berza (Charging Ram, 2012.) She is the editor of Metaphor magazine. Her poems and short stories appeared in numerous publications in the US, Canada, Romania, India, Japan, UK and the Philippines. Her poems are translated in Crimean Tatar and Filipino. Some of her poems are published in Ani, Belleville Park Pages, Liwayway, The Siren, Poetica, Calliope, Maganda, Remembering Rizal: Voices from the Diaspora, Letters to My Bully, Kalyani, Metric Conversions, The Manila Times, Contemporary Verse 2, and elsewhere. Her poem "E-Martial Law" was broadcast on IndoPacific Radio on KPFA 94.1FM/kpfa.org. She is a member of Poetic Genius Society. She lives in Taguig, Philippines.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Editor's Thoughts/Living Wings--By Karen O'Leary

Dear Whispers’ Friends,

January 15 marked the third Anniversary of our online journal/poetry community.  Contributors, this is a tribute to you.  You are the wings of Whispers!  Thank you to everyone that promotes our online journal in any way.  We started as a small seedling and have blossomed into an international journal with writers from each of six major continents.   

Words cannot express how grateful I am to work with so many talented writers.  Your encouragement of others is greatly appreciated.  It is that encouragement that inspires poets to keep on writing and all it costs is a few minutes of time.  I ask you to understand that some of the writers that contribute poetry cannot leave comments for one reason or another.  I asked them to keep sending poetry.  Our reader base is growing, too.  Everyone is vital to essence and lifeblood of Whispers.

If you have any thoughts to share, please use the comments section below or email me at karenoleary1956@gmail.com  I am excited about the year ahead and hope many more will follow.

With that, I would like to share the poem that started our journey—

Living Wings

whispers
carry music
like the song of the wind…
faithful voice of night wraps the heart
in love

Wishing you all of you a joy-filled writing journey.  Thank you all!!

Blessings,

Karen O’Leary
Whispers’ Editor

Winter Writes--By Maralee Gerke--United States

Winter Writes

I rise in the darkness of a winter day,
drink a cup of peppermint tea,
and breathe in pungent steam,
as the sun pokes its delicate corona
above the hoary fields.

I am the flannel goddess of dawn
the polyester priestess of birdseed.
I open bins of sunflower and millet
and measure out the right mix
for the finches, sparrows, jays, and doves,
inviting them to a ceremony of food.

Inside, I take off vest, gloves, hat,
and blow on my icy fingers.
I sit at my computer and begin to type.
My fingers move to the rhythms of take offs and landings,
the whirr of wings providing accompaniment 
to the melody of my winter writes.

Maralee Gerke lives and writes in Madras, Oregon. She is and avid reader and gardener. She describes herself as a work in progress. Her poems have been published in Calyx, Exit Thirteen, Moonset, Bathtub Gin, Anthology, Nerve Cowboy, Avocet, and Tigers Eye. She has published two books of poems and has had poetry and prose accepted in several anthologies. Her work can be seen online at Shadow Poetry, Long Story Short, and Moontown CafĂ©. She recently recorded 4 poems for the Oregon Poetic Voices Project. They can be heard at oregonpoeticvoices.org One of her poems “Refuge”, was recently selected to be printed as a limited edition broadside by the Penland School of Crafts. 

Flower of the Future--By Aju Mukhopadhyay--India

Flower of the Future

Unknown and uncertain
Are the results
Of the mystic bud
Blooming unseen
While shimmering hope
Is rising up
From the luminous vast
That the flower of the future
In harmony with Nature
For a Divine purpose
Has been opening its petals
From ages far behind
Towards a time
Peaceful and glorious.

It is a pleasure to announce that Aju’s book of poems, Time Whispers in my Ear was released recently, at www.onlinegatha.com

Aju Mukhopadhyay, a bilingual award winning poet, author and critic, writes fictions and essays too. He has authored 32 books and received several poetry awards from India and USA besides other honours. Recently he has received Albert Camus Centenary Writing Award, 2013 from Canada / Cyprus. He is a regular contributor to various magazines and e-zines in India and abroad. He is in the editorial and advisory board of some important literary journals. His poems and short stories have been widely anthologised and translated.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Outshined--By Lisa DeVinney--United States

Outshined

It’s nearly dawn
and a slivered almond moon
hangs precariously in
an indigo sky.
With each passing moment,
the horizon brightens –
First to dusty rose,
then a bit of turquoise
blends the day star’s light
into a golden canvas.
And all the while,
the wisp of a moon
continues its fade
into daylight,
outshined by the sun.
As am I.

“He must become greater;
I must become less.”
John 3:30 NIV

Lisa DeVinney is a homemaker and mother of six in upstate New York. She enjoys photography and writing devotional poetry in her spare time. Lisa is the author of several books, including a devotional entitled I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes. She also maintains her own website at liftingmyeyes.com

New Year…--By Barbara Siekierski--United States

New Year…

Chapters to be read
as we meet the dawn

Maps to draw
and dreams await,
doors yet to open

With God,
we embrace
tomorrow

Barbara Siekierski is a writer from Swarthmore, PA.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

My Little Angel--By Subilaga Emmie Mulaga Jana--Malawi

My Little Angel

A luminous light brightens my soul
Each time I look in to those big brown eyes
I am charmed by the sweet innocent giggles
Of love dripping longevity
The angelic feel of those tireless subtle kisses
The warm assuring embraces
The big bare unforgettable hugs
The magnet when he falls in my arms
And lays his perfect little head on my shoulders
I missed you mummy, how are you mummy
His pumping heart, resting against mine
I feel like a queen of the universe
My heart dances with butterflies
My blood rushes like a summer’s waterfall
Sending waves of rainbow glory
That gracefully halts all my fears
He looks at me with those sparkly mischievous eyes
Then he smiles at me with those defined dimples
And I know for sure that angels exist

Born on 30th August 1980 at Lilongwe Central Hospital in Malawi, Subilaga has always loved to write since at a tender age. She wrote short stories and was always interested in things of art. English was always her favorite subject. Subilaga has been writing poems since the age of ten, and it is after someone read her poetry that he thought it was worth sharing. She has always been a spiritual person and is always in touch with her feelings. She believes the gift of poetry is deep spirited and comes from a deep connection with reality.

Snowflake Saga--By David Fox--United States

Snowflake Saga

Snowflakes shine
Snowflakes shimmer
In wintertime, they're sublime
As they fall, they glow and glimmer
They start out energized
Then begin to wilt
And eventually land
Creating nature's quilt.

David Fox’s writing has appeared in over 100 venues, including newsletters, blogs, print journals and websites. He has been published in the U.K., Canada, India, Finland and the U.A.E.  He edits a print journal, The Poet's Art, (see his ad in the Whispers Ad column).

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Just Words--By Shannon O'Leary--United States

Just Words

Don’t tell me I’m fine
Don’t tell me it will all work out
These are just words
I need something so much more
I turn to my God
I open my heart and soul
And He says this
“My child, it will all work out
because I will hold your hand
through this storm.
We can get through this.”
Suddenly a peace 
washes over me...
so much more than just words

Shannon O'Leary is elementary teacher from Fargo, North Dakota. Currently, she is working on her masters. She provides creative writing activities to inspire her students. Her first-graders have published poems in a local newspaper. Shannon has published her own poetry in the following venues, Sketchbook, Snippets and Smile. She is the daughter of our editor.

Haiku--By Arvinder Kaur--India

at home
the chrysanthemums bloom and fade-
hospital silence
_______________

soldier's homecoming -
mother hums a lullaby
one last time
_______________

the same sand
where all my castles  fell -
homecoming
_______________

long distance call -
chirp by chirp the sounds
of childhood
_______________

wheat stalks-
someone calls me
by a forgotten name
_______________

Arvinder Kaur is an Associate professor in English and Media Studies. She writes haiku both in Punjabi as well as English. She has four books to her credit which include poetry, a work of translation and her first collection of punjabi haiku, Nimolian. Her work has been published in several haiku journals and anthologies. She lives in Chandigarh with her family. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

So Much Is Lost--By Kelley White--United States

So Much Is Lost

Last week you took away my father’s photographs
of Nagasaki, the coins he brought home from Japan
in 1947, the paper money, improbably printed
in English, labeled by the bank of Imperial Japan,
that I taped together to make a garland
in 1967, when I believed in a world of peace,
before 1968, assassinations, and a war for my own
generation in a far off place. My son, expert
on the history of Atari, of Namco, of Bally Midway,
Pac-Man, Nintendo, Intellivision, Playstation, Sony,
of arcade arts, of shooting games. You will be living
there, in the country that boy touched. Want me
to come see you in an odd-numbered month
so we can see Sumo? Will you show me Kyoto?
And Hiroshima? Cherry blossoms, and the museum
of the bomb. Here, we’ve found a match—a temple
in a black and white photo, in your grandfather’s journal,
brilliantly painted, crisply in focus, on your phone.

Pediatrician Kelley White worked in inner city Philadelphia and now works in rural New Hampshire. Her poems have appeared in journals including Exquisite Corpse, Rattle and JAMA. Her most recent books are Toxic Environment (Boston Poet Press) and Two Birds in Flame (Beech River Books.) She received a 2008 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant.

May Lilacs Linger Everlastingly--By Andrea Dietrich--United States

May Lilacs Linger Everlastingly

May lilacs linger everlastingly
in dreams he dreams of me. Whenever he,
by chance, is in a pitch black room alone,
may he recall the scent of my cologne.

As long as I can write sweet poetry,
may lilacs linger everlastingly.
May he recall our love song slowly playing;
how we danced, pressed together, swaying.

And may he still remember my warm breath
against his cheek. Beyond his very death,
may lilacs linger everlastingly
the same way he stays in my memory.

Oh, may he not forget - when shadows fall -
our kisses in the dark. We had it all!
My darling man, may he remember me.
May lilacs linger everlastingly.

Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and six grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Poetry--By Vivian Belford--Nigeria

Poetry

It all begins in a vision
Engraved in creative minds
Quietly it nags at our mindfulness and
Slowly it comes alive in print
True stories in hues of earth, in light and dark
This love of words, though secretly untaught     
                                                  
From old torn newspapers and wrinkled hints
Of puzzles, crosswords and conundrums
Has publicly wedded the he(ad) and he(art) in
A ceremony of prose and paradise of poems
Deeply immersed, submerged and engrossed
Held spellbound by your skill and flair
Your artistic force, pull and flow
Teases our hands to speak in ink
For our minds is stripped of fear
When we lay the soul bare on white sheets
Repeatedly slaked in unspoken words
And unabashedly culminated in candid rap

Vivian Belford is a freelance writer by day and an aspiring actor by night, she started writing professionally in 2013. Some of her work has been featured in Indian periodicals, Tuck magazine and Creativity webzine. She is currently starring in her own movie "living and dying with a smile." She writes from Abuja, Nigeria.

The Moon--By John Polselli--United States

The Moon

Ascending incrementally below
The sable ceiling of the firmament,
Emblazoned with a crown of stars aglow
Like gleaming diamonds of the opulent,
Or burning tapers ’round a mausoleum
Does the cyclops of the heavens loom
Above this rolling luminary colosseum;
Above this whirling solitary womb.
Yet, as one drowning in a sea of black
Descends unto the depths to meet his death,
The ashen moon swerves downward on its track,
Diffused in mist, diminishing in breadth;
A genuflection to the morning light
Which resurrects and vanquishes the night.

John Polselli’s poetry has been published in many literary journals and is the recipient of several Editor’s Choice Awards.  As a poet, John enjoys composing in all traditional forms including free verse as well as inventing his own.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Haiku--By Robert Epstein--United States

corresponding 
to nothing I know
river ice
_______________

flitting sparrows
mom turns
the wheel of life
_______________

grandma’s birthday
pondering her afterlife
in pine shade
_______________

another month
of no rain she pours
her heart out
_______________

land surveyor exposing the plot
_______________

Robert Epstein is a licensed psychologist who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has edited several anthologies: The Breath of Surrender: A Collection of Recovery-Oriented Haiku; Dreams Wander On: Contemporary Poems of Death Awareness; and The Temple Bell Stops: Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change; as well as two books of haiku: Checkout Time is Noon: Death Awareness Haiku; and A Walk Around Spring Lake: Haiku.  His most current anthology, The Sacred in Contemporary Haiku, was released in 2014.

The Greatest Platform--By Pam Murray--Canada

The Greatest Platform

Your footsteps took me places
That I’d never go alone
And all those words of wisdom
Became seeds I have sown.

Your eyes became the visions
That give me joy today
And all those special memories
Still keep the tears at bay.

I miss you every moment,
Yet you stay close to me.
You were the greatest platform
To set my spirit free.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Pam Murray has been writing poetry since the mid-1960’s.  She was married for over 41 years and has two daughters, a son-in-law, and a grandson.  Pam has been published in a variety of venues.  Her proudest writing accomplishment was a poem she wrote for a United Way fundraiser, which was later framed with a French translation and hung on the wall of the legislature in Ottawa, Canada.  To her, poetry is a transposition of a vision she sees in her mind.  Writing and crocheting are her passions.