Crisp autumn air
Silver and copper
The entire landscape
The deepest splendour
for she has swallowed
All the colours and
The setting sun
The gold and the orange
The molten core
Sienna and the umber
The cool clouds,
Bright and royal purple sky.
The formidable sea
SHE! The Restless Streak
Continue reading She Descends – Poem by Meena Chopra
Photo credit: Greg Semendinger/NYPDT
On the day after, we walked from downtown,
from our apartment to 14th Street to catch a train
to Penn Station, but the subway was closed.
Most streets were glutted with silence, empty
of the usual yellow cabs with their impatient horns,
and people, except for one block just east of here.
Continue reading Seasonal Affective Disorder – Poem by Lisa M. Scuderi-Burkimsher & John C. Mannone
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
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
credit card snatched,
nor driver’s license,
nor picture ID.
Not her universal number
intercepted on the Internet.
Not the checkbook swiped
while her head was turned,
nor bank account number
pilfered from a pile of trash.
Continue reading Identity Theft – Poem by Wesley Sims
We fight to survive
Through everyday life challenges
For food, pleasure and peace
But the heights we go never cease
Continue reading Fight for Survival – Poem by Kwaku Amoako Fosu-Gyeabour
He learned to hate at an early age
everything green spooned onto his plate.
It repelled as if monsters
curled on the dish lying in wait
to inject their slimy poison.
Continue reading Taste of Change – Poem by Wesley (Wes) D. Sims
for my parents …
Saw palmettos sputter under autumn sun,
hibiscus burning bright in the landscaped parking lot.
Sand, salt cling to flip-flops, cola cans, skin,
scatter like a trail of breadcrumbs from car to store.
Continue reading Hialeah-Miami Springs, Then and Now – Poem by KB Ballentine