After Dudley Randall
“Oh, Mother, I’ll be fine today.
I’m just going to see my friend, Pat.
Don’t worry, I’ll be home by eight.
Please don’t forget to feed my cat.”
“Be careful, Son, a storm is coming—
clouds of black men are on the rise.
They have chains and clubs, and crying
anger from their blood-shot eyes.”
Continue reading Baltimore 1968 – Poem by John C. Mannone
She paced the floor, hands wringing,
babbled to herself, sometimes tossed words
toward us that might or might not make sense.
Not unlovely, she hid her attractive figure
in simple cotton dresses, and coiled
her long, brown hair in an old-woman bun.
Floated in her own world, like a butterfly
in a conservatory, from one hallucinatory
bloom to another.
Continue reading Sister’s Keeper – Poem by Wes Sims
Year after year
We human renewed ourselves with a new flavor
Celebrate with joviality new year
Construe our own obsessive calendar!
Time and year, a lovely devise
We human initiate with our endeavor and entice
No other living organism ever perhaps having a process of thought
To decorate time with a yearly knot!
Continue reading Enigma of the New Year – Poem by Debasish Majumder
After the presents have been opened and our belly’s are put to rest,
On the day after Christmas, we pay tribute to the first fruits of the harvest.
Acknowledging the tradition followed by 18 million since 1966 from East to the West,
Understanding Kwanzaa’s guidelines is part of our growing culture quest.
Continue reading Kwaanza Quest — Poem by Vincent Ivan Phipps
She heard rumors about him:
there’s always a demon
to cast out, the sick as hell
Continue reading האדום האוהל Ha Adom Ohel: The Red Tent – Poem by John C. Mannone
Metamorphosis (Butterflies for Marcus) by Deidre DeFranceaux http://www.deidre-defranceaux.com/paintings/metamorphosis/
I am ViVi’s skin
I am a place of disquiet;
I am uncomfortable, aflame
with the desire to become
who I was always meant to be.
My cheeks burn
where the laser singes away
what once was dark beard stubble.
Continue reading ViVi’s Transformation – Poem by Sharon Mishler Fox
I know the September colors
of your eyes. If I were blind
and could not see them,
Continue reading Unlost in Love – Poem by Ann Thornfield-Long
She made another feel very special
With her very special caring joy
She easily would help many others
With her selfless spirit, she employed
The power and passion within her heart
The Godly bliss which filled her day
She knew how to share love with others
Helping those in need in a special way
Continue reading Beautiful One, Heather Heyer – Poem by Wendell Brown
The last time I kissed you,
purple butterflies flew out
of my heart. They fluttered
under moonlight, circled
in surreal vertical loops
like a rainbow Ferris wheel.
The ground glowed where
we stood, then the violet
into turquoise angels.
Continue reading The Ferris Wheel – Poem by John C. Mannone
Alarm bleeps though it’s still dark
outside the windows. Even the street
lamp has gone to bed.
But I sigh and rise, slip my feet
into Monday’s socks —
August’s dusky room cool.
Continue reading Work Week, Teacher – Poem by KB Ballentine