Friday, April 19, 2024

Poet's Corner

Poet’s Corner: ‘The countdown’

The countdown By Donald Nitchie These are the days we counted down to summer, sliding sweat off upper lips with the backs of our hands. The second hand swam up its side of the clock but it wasn’t time. Summer beckoned from the end...

Poet’s Corner: ‘The fisherman’s daughter’

The fisherman's daughter By Jonathan Burke A daughter fishes with her father on the waters of the Lagoon. She wears orange bibs wool sweater and hat rubber boots and gloves as does he. They are out on the pond in the bare light of the sky. The scalloper is caught and turned in the...

Poet’s Corner: Nancy Aronie

By Nancy Aronie I look at you like you’re a crossword puzzle and I can’t get one clue How did this happen that two people so different so wrong for each other fit as if God herself used a celestial bandsaw and made...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Sunrise over Chilmark’

Sunrise over Chilmark By Valerie Sonnenthal I rise up from the warmth of flannel crisp spring morning no frost light as full as heaven but when that golden eye heats the horizon blinds through branches cracks across high blades of yellowed grass touches...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Island Natives’

Island Natives By Sam Gurney As the wind comes off the sea And up the stream-cut hills, That crisp, salty air Delivers a thorough chill. As I rest my fly upon the pool Beneath the rumbling cascade, The surface begins to open And...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Mom, I knew you’d never leave me’

Mom, I knew you’d never leave me By Nancy Slonim Aronie Sometimes when I look at my strawberry blonde cat, Bo I am convinced that she's my mother. She curls into my body When I’m on the couch My hiatal...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Coconuts’

Coconuts By Taz Strom Waves rise and fall upon soft shores of broken rock: coconuts strewn upon a carpet of stone as if thrown with abandon, a feeling of unkempt unrest upon our shore in the ombra of the moon. A breeze...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Fame’

Fame By Clark Myers Because it’s Summer the Polo store In Freeport is crowded with tourists sifting through the sale racks and the logo t-shirts and sweaters, life size cutouts of Ralph looking on, silver hair and shades. A busload of...

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Sea smiles By Nicole Jackson Spring is on the way I see my boy looking at the bay. A freezer full of fish Cooking is his last wish. Poles cleaned, lures in order Maybe he has seasonal affective disorder. His face appears...

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Hiding in plain sight By Lucas Thors Blue fabric A missing expression Breathing stale Thank circumstance A safeguard wrapped in cellophane Easy anonymity Hard to connect In a faceless fever dream Where everyone seems alien Elastics stretch Past smiles and scowls While some hope to hide Their visage...

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Obsession By Ellen Story Yes, I worry everyday about the sinkhole in my yard’s front temporal lobe. Aside this cavity that borders a meadow adjusting its own weight is a wild cherry tree, sentry yet humble. It's roots bolster a tombstone-like...

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GREENLAND By Georgia Morris When the tsunami comes the tall front sunburst windows will blast through but all that flying glass will never have time to reach the floor to the rust-colored Persian glass will flow in the wash of angry sea gone awry and...

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BEAUTY By Fan Ogilvie What do you do? Spend the day Looking at it? Shopping for it Receiving it Trying it on— Hiding it Not admitting it Covering it up Returning it Paying for it To go away— Much time Wasted On the very thing We were taught Is truth But is Keats...

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Pane By Lucas Thors What’s beyond that thin sheet? What anger can I discover? What self-delusions can I muster? Beyond that pane A window into unreality A counterfeit realm What comparisons can I make? What vicious conclusions can I draw? What malaise can I...

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A Few Dreams By Nancy Slonim Aronie I dreamt my father didn’t die He was faking it Just to see how much i loved him Once he saw me cry He said just kidding (He was always a jokester) I dreamt my...

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Winter Benediction By Jeffrey Agnoli Five inches of snow by daybreak just enough to bend low the brush and pitch pine. Now a frozen rain falls into the sodden earth in long needle lines. Still the day is hardly harsh nor the season severe through all climes a warm...

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By Richard Fligor On my own, floating free, An orchestra of one, Parked at the beach before sunrise, moving words around. Work and play, no difference. What’s wrong with me is what’s right.  The plot of the day all mixed...

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Fireplace By Lucas Thors When the frozen shoreline shivers And the oak throws down its leaves I sit in front my fireplace And wait for spring’s soft embrace When electric heaters buzz and whir And scarves are the accessory I sit in...

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Zebra cakes By Nicole Jackson With A zebra named Zain on the front It’s a meatless animal worth the hunt You know those cakes Little Debbie makes Tasting much like a processed dream Moist yellow cake layered with crème White frosting with...

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Six Turkeys By Fan Ogilvie Wild and free, that is we, past our prime, before all daisies. Red sun on our gobbles — neither cork screws, nor screw tops can bottle up the rusty gate hinge squawks of our recent delight. Fan...