What Else Had We

What spirit we had
Like peas engaged
Engaged and married

Bought baby clothes and toys and furniture
Purchased all the popular brands of peripheral gear
We snatched what credit we could wrangle
From every offer promising platinum pre-approval

Phasing in sync as a married couple and a family
Love kept up and we kept stretching the dinners
And then we moved to capture the house equity

The new place was a bad fit
We troubled ourselves but could not be bothered
Broken off from the normalcy of spending

Impatient for the leftovers to be boxed up
We thought we could separately bow out
Extinguish the last blaring light in the building

What spirit we had
A slap in the face it felt
We had to split into unholy factions

Shifting logic and alliances
Personal back channel treachery
Social media the final and most potent trip

Debts finally extinguished we dispersed
We blew off special occasions handily
So far away it didn’t and couldn’t hurt

 

 

About the Author, Louis Del Grosso: LDG has poetry in several journals including Mulberry Fork Review, Straight Forward Poetry, and Triggerfish Critical Review and most recently poetry in Crosswinds.

The Rot

They estimate a gradual decline
in worldly production by
the lessening of the harvest,
and grain shall be in want,
but greed shall halt it from
reaching the world's market places.
And one man controls
the rot of the field-
ending with the
rot of the flesh.
And political strongholds
shall fail to prevail,
and the thunder roars-
the rain comes in tub fulls-
and the rot continues,
until flesh and grain
have become compost...
for the next springs plantings.

 

 

About the Author, EG Ted Davis: Previously published in the 80's then resigned from creative pursuits until semi retirement led me back towards such...

 

Deadheading Despair

the early lake still
the call of loons

a fishing boat trolls
the far shore

footprints of ghost foxes

geese wilding above
white wings wheeling

sweet cinnamon tea

my sleepy son
drags Paddington Bear

onto the porch
fetal-curls on my lap

it’s all kind of amazing

 

 

About the Author: Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Enizagam, New Ohio Review and Healing Muse among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.

Letters From The Moving Coast

No matter how much time it takes
I want a little more
a coastline always changing
time and sea complaining

so I claim the littorals and vicissitudes
of these crowding waters
this needy weather
as any reason you might demand

but I do ask that you forgive
these letters from the moving coast
please understand they are no less true
for being unpredictable.

 

 

About the Poet: Dean Baltesson is a poet and musician living in Victoria BC Canada. He is currently working on a volume of poetry entitled There Must be Words To Describe This. His poetry and can be found in a number of online and print literary journals or on his recent CD “Covering Ground”.

Thick Accents

by J.E. Beville

These lines run off center
Changing the lion-hearted into
A satire called Metacomet's war
In which first was the winner
And the lasting legacy upside down.
Let us take it from there.
Schrodinger's cat is not even
Inside the box and black holes
Break the law of conservation
Birth days are death days,
Pain is love and joy is plastic
It's not from scratch, there
Is a kernel of thetic but
As a branch on a tree in
Carpa topanga where energy can
Never defeat our wildest ideas.
If we ever leave these climbs
All that honey to bees.

POEM FOR KATIE, QUEEN OF OHIO #71

All men are lobbyists.
Don’t hire any of them.
Be an army with actual
swagger. Be confident
enough to listen to anyone
& ignore almost everyone.
Make it all women.
I find no fault in naming
my gender a danger
& a novelty. I should
be given no extra con-
sideration. Not me.

 

 

About the Author: Darren C. Demaree is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently “A Fire Without Light” (2017, Nixes Mate Books). His eighth collection “Two Towns Over” was recently selected the winner of the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and is due out March 2018. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

EMOJI

Is there an emoji for the too-muchness of life?
Moments visibility is less than two feet
rats scuttle through crawlspaces
toilets overflow
a crumpled Honda lies in the driveway.

Moments impossible to drag out of bed
heater broken, house at forty degrees
husband on a business trip, really?
A message: so-sorry-your test-was-positive-
please-call.

I can’t find an emoji for what’s-the-fucking-point
a grab-a-bottle-of-scotch-and-swig emoji
a put-your-head-in-the-oven-why-not emoji.

If you find one, please forward it
to claire@clobberedbylife.com.

 

 

About the Author: Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has received three Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Enizagam and Healing Muse among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.