Poetry

"I never started a poem whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering." - Robert Frost

death
Rena Riri

Water

Crystalline blue, in diamond eyes that gleam like the water’s edge. Shimmering whites and bleeding reds decorate the riverbed. Sharp grass twist and turn from harsh

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chronic illness
Catherine Ablett

Fakery

I  see you searching, Looking for signs Of weakness. Staring disapprovingly, As you find No outward signs Of the illness that invades My being. Muttering,

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Ellysa Greenhalgh

Life is.

Life is never idle Life is never dull Life is always happening Life is always testing Life is never predicable Life is never set Life

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beauty
Jay Arzeta

A Poem to the Island 

The ground that holds us up is filled with wonders, For one, it is on it that all the activities under the Sun are played

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#firefly
Julia Marsiglio

Winter Firefly

Your light, so brightagainst teardrop-shapedsnowflakes floating in the expanse—through space, invadingsecret places in the icy globeof my bleeding heart—still beating hearteven under the gaze of

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#lonely
Saim Khurshid

A day of peace

I feel as if I’m free as a bird yet trapped as a caged animal  To see if life is back, I pull away the

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Bad Luck
Daniel Esse

Bad positivity

Dock from the bliss. Disembark from such field. Run, I say run! get a shield It’s all toot; Don’t shone a tooth. Get a coat; boots too

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Alone
Jesmal Jalal

Homesick

Miles away, here I stay, My soul still rests, on your greeny terrain. Wandering along the hostel corridors, I wish, To run amidst my fields,

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Christmas
Leyla Rustamova

A winter poem.

Written by me on the night of December 28th, coming into the morning of the 29th, 2020. I was a storming sea now I’m a

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Dried Ink

Staring at the screen of your device The mind wanders to nowhere Like that black and empty space Everything has shut down Breathe in, breathe

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Narc – Animal – Sist

Once like a bird dancing all around, there was a loving flight on those first nights.  As we walked, I noticed the hawk squawking above

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being lost
SHAEZAH KHALIQ

Am I Lost?

Hey tell me where to go? tell me where to find?  tell me where to end? cause I kept running, running and running  I kept

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sonnet
Tonya Moore

Till Dust We Become

Once wither winds fell our brittle towers and come the dread horsemen devoid of mirth, trampling upon ill-fated flowers; Misery shall dwell upon the cold

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Book
Amy Christie

Colors of Love, in Paws

Playing, running, checking for treats furry paws don’t stop trying to bring a smile, new hugs, they add sunshine to rain and if we have

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bring back trust
Amy Christie

Set Souls Aglow

It’s not gifts or appearance there’s more to what meets souls than what your eyes can see. Do you feel you can bond only with

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climate change
Robert Metivier

Still Standing in the Fog

A fitting epilogue A Villanelle on Death and Life Still standing in the fogDark figure indistinctA fitting epilogue Now break the false facadeNo wisdom to

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Suffocated Rogue

Another existence has been introduced To the world of constructs and procreation What awaited wasn’t a setting involving an immediate family, But by people with

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Poetry
Réven W

All You – 1.12.16

When I think of you and your embrace All I can imagine is your skin. Your skin so soft but rugged Because the small coarse

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haiku
Roxanne Barbour

Privacy

Privacy online magazine botgossip collectorannoyanceprivacy ignoredcollection bot destroyed This is a reverse sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 3 words2 words1 word2 words3 words Previously published

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Lotus

Inside my soul, all that which I am Is a swamp Where the flowing waters of life Have stagnated, and they gather The sand of

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burden
Amy Christie

Burden of Love Gone

When no more love is there to be shared and bring light to everyday things that tear corners of hearts, add fear, doubt, annoyance, the

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the vacuum 

I am too fond of disintegrating, I’m afraid. Feeling myself slip through my fingers like sand. A breath of cool morning air and I am

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Imagination?
Somsubhra Banerjee

A Journey To Space

Whenever I happen to wake up at night, an owl hooting in the distance, I set up barefoot, walking some distance. I walk on a small,

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Uncovering Illusions

The good and the bad: community, solidarity, solitude, and isolation. Time had stopped for some. But for others, it has only become heavy. It was

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always
Amy Christie

Under a Bridge of Hollow Words

Is nothing worth the time when leaves land on a porch, greeting blades of grass that miss spring welcoming whispers of the fall? Winter is

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Alone
Robert Metivier

One Wrong Turn

To see the face of a stranger — OneWrong turnLostAloneBlack asphaltBrokenTorn awayUnder his feet Stirred awakeGrey ashen dustScatters with each stepOff to the rightIn dim

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bosom
San Lin Tun

A PEACEFUL AND TRANQUIL LIFE

To find the real meaning of life Will make a seeker Staying out of daily cares, Leaving all worries behind, Embracing the bosom of the

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dark horse
Kimberly Goetz

Crevice   

I am the rider of a dark horse that prods a scream from a blood cut sky with a small brown stick. I am the

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affirmations
Tonya Moore

Lightning

If I am struck down, let it be by a thought so magnificent it changes the shape and texture of the universe; If I am

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child death
April Douglas

How to Bury your Child

The call comes in the middle of the night. When someone calls at three in the morning, it’s never good. The voice on the other

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Be Strong Daddy 

You were with me during my first steps, it’s only natural you are with me when my legs can no longer hold me. You placed

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dark
Jason Boyce

The Bad Boy

There once was a child He was rather quite wild This kid stole and fought Soon enough, he’ll get caught One day said child fell

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heartbreak
Zulekha Huseni

Hello Stranger

They say pain fades away. But it never really does. It lingers. In his blue eyes when he looks at me from a distance. They

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Poetry
Réven W

Our love – 3.17.16

Reminded me of The papier-mâché Hot air balloon project I made in kindergarten. It was cool to me then Because I couldn’t understand How the

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castle
Adam Dodds-Wade

The Palace Upon the Sea

(A Tribute to Poe) One night, bleak and eerie, where once I loved her dearly, Our home, where locked away, away, my heart is kept,

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Poetry
Réven W

The Story Of- 3.15.13

The day was dark, and the dawn was darkest When you came into view. Dark eyes, dark skin, bright smile, bright hues Lit up the

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Monster

Shadows Pull Towards Dark Desire Demons Stirring the Pot Past Wars Create New Disasters Failure Is Inevitable Normal Situations, Too Much To Bear Loved Ones

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dark
Alex Onorato

Empty

My eyes ache. My chest heavy. Standing outside myself, I just feel empty. My fire is out. It’s cold inside. Alone in the darkness. No

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author
Jason Boyce

It Ends with Dirt and Dark

Life and death are one in the same Life is lived, just waiting to die Death is cherished, a welcome game Those that enjoy life

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A Walk Amongst the Woods

A chill, crisp air kisses the face A deep inhale fills the lungs, the fresh air purifying the brain Hear that? That still sound of

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coping
Nicholas Bagley

Demons

What lies in the shadows will forever capture our minds—skirting the border of reality and imagination. Things that are just out of reach of modern

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What Ties You, Really

Dry eyes and a questioning mind You read words like love letters Feeling like his messages are wonders But is it really so? Wake up

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Poetry
Roxanne Barbour

Erupting

Erupting eruptingHaida totemssplit in twoinnards spewtexts This is a sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 1 word2 words3 words2 words1 word Previously published in Polar Borealis

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As she struts.

The blonde in all her confidence started to strut towards me Her eyes full of lust & love, wanting her body to be devoured As

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Cops

Giving permission to search the car,forgetting the three pounds of crack cocaine in the glove compartment,and smoking a joint while he pretends he’s notdriving a

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Poetry
Roxanne Barbour

Alien Religions

Alien Religions embassies beckon adventurersinvitations acceptedexplorationwondrous sightsalien religions explained This is a reverse sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 3 words2 words1 word2 words3 words Written

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Let The Dice Roll

Divine is the gazes from above clouds and sky, Their hands let flow the casted dice. For fate has decided to stage life and be

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broken
Alex Onorato

I close my eyes

I close my eyes and I see your face.  I’m calling out but you don’t hear me. Standing still, but moving 360.  Stop. Exhale and breath. 

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affirmation
Donald J. Bingle

Starbright

Should you ever gaze at the silent stars above and they begin to blink off one by one by wondrous one, do not be alarmed.

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friendship
Serena Couram

grace

her name was grace, a friend of mine with a name as gentle as her demeanor. her name was grace, a friend of mine but

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Poetry
Roxanne Barbour

Blackened Rocks

Blackened Rocks peculiarrogue lighteningsears Earth’s surfaceblackened rocksspeak A sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 1 word2 words3 words2 words1 word Written by Roxanne Barbour. Previously published

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behavior
Anthi Psomiadou

Solar Army

Why so dark today, mom? Is there a problem with your Sun? Do all the loads of our Earth push down your beautiful shoulders? You

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4 am Thunder

Whipping screens, night wind.                                           

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apocalypse
Tonya Moore

Cemetery Dance

The blood of gods rains on kingdoms fallen and the ravaged rock wobbles, weaving her cemetery dance. No sentries guard the ghostly ships sheltered in

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dark
Saim Khurshid

Another

Every night I get the same dream, I wake up and the time is fajr, I am home alone tempted to pray qasr,  I hear

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become
Amy Christie

Snow Flowers Hold Your Longing

A frozen cloak covers all you can see, wind whispers on white ocean. Love stays safe in warm, happy places, seldom roaming outside unless birds

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forevermore
Amy Christie

Warm Days Almost Left Behind

In summer, I was smiling, sunshine caressed my hair drove purple glow of one delight towards my soul, I felt that every minute, because I

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haiku
Roxanne Barbour

Autistic(a reverse sci(na)ku tanka)

Autistic aliens confuse negotiationstreaties discussedautisticmember interruptssmiles welcome understanding This is a reverse sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 3 words2 words1 word2 words3 words Written by

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You Pretend

Life is about pretending, Pretending to be ok, Even when the broken arrows of friendships stick out of your back, Or when stranger’s judgmental eyes

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Omar Odom

Fight or Write? 

Why hurt When I can inspire? Why destroy lands When I can create worlds? My fights would be fictitious. Battles glorious and insane. My readers

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birds
Adam Dodds-Wade

Carrion

Why the fates have helped me, I do not know. When I got word in the woods They had found something and I came running

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calm
Tze Lin Sam

Calmness

A Haiku: Slow Down and Take a Breather The snail moves slowly as the sky begins to fall — Calm, steady heartbeat.

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TIME OF SURRENDER

Photo by Pavel Danilyuk from Pexels The struggles of years beyond Millenniums of tears rolled out Many at times with stories of anguish and passion

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Whole

Is there a hole in your heart or your soul? Did you fail to fill your soul up with all these little things that should

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Dunkirk
George Wilcox

Losing Ground

If I were you, I could never look back,                                 

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breathless
San Lin Tun

THE ONE IN  HEART

There is nothing I want except you, When you are with me. Happiness, laughter, and smiles In your sweetest eyes will be unveiled. Holding tight

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effort
San Lin Tun

A HARD LIFE

A hard day, A hard night, What makes life hard? Hurdles in life? A huge struggle, Vigorous efforts, To win a hard life.

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betrayal
Adam Dodds-Wade

The Romance

(O Romeo, O Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?) I recite, looking away from the audience. I knew the house was full. *** (What’s in a

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Sunflower Smile

Sunflower smile, Large and bold, Scarcely without the rain; Though when a sunflower cries Or fries beneath it’s beacon, The leaves, they wither- The seeds

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anger
Antoinette McCormick

Widow’s Walk

I watched her break himTake him from me(And what she takes, she keeps),Leeward and listingHeeling in Hell’s Reach, Crushed by her embrace,Wine dark, sky deep.

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#truestory
Rena Riri

Passing On

It was her voice that cracked and shattered and splat on the ground like eggs from her hand. It was her nose that ran and

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spooky
Sarah Cannavo

The Night Whispers

The night whispers, dark and dim; the moon is perched upon a rim of hazy clouds and glowing stars, its beams trailing in thin bars

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Life
Amy Christie

Walk up to Wishing Star

Above, beyond ever following trails not on the path your feet touch, in the sky, where love can paint the hues of hope, trust and

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Poetry
April Douglas

I met a man

I met a man the other day, while walking home from work. He was covered in (dirt, debris, filth of the streets) stars and begged

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haiku
Roxanne Barbour

Athletes Requested Meeting

Athletes Requested Meeting athletes requested meetingalien negotiationsstalleddolphins requestedsatisfactory contract completion This is a reverse sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 3 words2 words1 word2 words3 words

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Art
Somsubhra Banerjee

The Moonbeam’s Baby

The moonbeam traveled through the wide-open space, through nothingness,then bending over some celestial beings, with increased speed,cutting through all obstacles, piercing through the rough winds,slowly

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There He Stands

Traditional and old, older than anyone who will read this,  There he stands.  Skin stained by the passage of time,  Creased and formed by time’s

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The Smallest Words

I is a small word One letter, standing alone But sometimes the smallest words Have the largest meanings   I is one’s self It is

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family
David Sales

Mother Hummingbird

GoneLost to life’s circlewhere life and deathspread across winds of timelong short love loss familybread crumb memoriesleft behind to sustaineverlasting love through grief PainSqueezing human

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america
Kj Heier

What Those Trees Have Seen

I know you. Your names and stories are lost to the history books; collected as a member of the fifty who died here, marked under

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#Home
Amy Christie

Gentle Leaves of Home

Have you lost your way in the ocean, the countless paths that lead you to new rivers, never finding the shore alighting to rest and

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Backpack Stars

The trees in that hidden courtyard had no leaves that day. There was space underneath for others who stayed inside, but we were sitting at

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