Gold bells of Carolina Jessamine
scent the antebellum stairs of the tennis club
A dinner for volunteers,
we crunch the green salad,
nuzzle wine on the terrace.
Spring in February quivers,
throws a range of voices around us
like a warming cloak.
Continue reading Stars Shine on Everyone – Helga Kidder
Winter wind whines through woods,
whips and tosses flakes around tree trunks
like refugees begging for shelter.
Where can they go except to fall
into the ground or sink
and drown in a foreign sea?
Continue reading Dance of the Forgotten – by Helga Kidder
. . . and in its shadow
we know one another
~ W. S. Merwin “The Rock”
Married one week, mid-air between
continents, hunger for anything new
quivered inside me like a leaf, unfurling.
The sky February blue.
Behind me a Black Forest village,
mother, and nosy neighbors.
In front of me a town in Tennessee
full of strangers speaking
in a strange language.
Continue reading FIRST FLIGHT – by Helga Kidder
she will not look at me
hurries through the living room
hand covering her face.
I go to her
puffed almost shut
opening the truth
of her relationship
with her boyfriend.
who did this?
she shakes her head
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Poetry Editor’s Note: October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Image credit: Photography by the staff of Black Celebrity Giving
The church with dirty elbows,
finally shuts its doors,
sucks in its steeple.
We watch it shrivel.
Bells sway in paroxysms,
chime mute blows.
The sanctuary stiffens.
Pews turn blue.
The altar moans.
No one’s left
if the emeralds and purples
of the stained-glass Christ
weep shards of blood.
Image credit: Niki Feijen photograph of an abandoned church in the Netherlands
For a dwelling so small, it was gargantuan.
That house came crashing down, crushing
my chest. Forced to gnaw and swallow
paint, I tasted chalk and lead.
My stomach burned but
I couldn’t throw up; insides already coated,
calendar pages filling until food wouldn’t fit.
Continue reading Icarus Phoenix – by Kelly Hanwright
Nearly unreadable now, paper wrinkled
as her hands, veins of ink blurred by tears.
But she had the words imprinted in her
mind to recall when memories surged.
She need not know that a fellow soldier
likely persuaded him, loaned him paper
to write an apology of sorts—I wish
I’d not enlisted,
Continue reading Soldier’s Last Letter – by Wesley Sims
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