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..before compassion.. By Michael Oliveira I knew my father's knuckles better than his palms.. now, he gasps, toothless, quivering; hollow cheek flesh veins and bones; furtive breaths.... I need him stronger; equipped to handle the hell I owe him.. stinging slaps and threatening belt, brass buckled.. sweat sheened fear.. I still...

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Fair Thee Well By Christine G. Burke No fair, no ferris wheel this year! Remember the stomach turning shoot-the-shoot with the screaming children hot dogs, funnel cakes, shoo fly pie, lemonade, cotton candy, soft ice cream, Now the fair...

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The gardens are lush The seas are warm and wavy Our hearts are open –Charles Silberstein, M.D. Masks, masks everywhere O my breath I cannot catch Is this our new life? –Jean Whitehead Poets with an Island connection are welcome to submit...

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I am By Ellie Bates I am the bright orange butterfly weed I survive with the poison ivy in sandy soil I am a place of rest and nourishment for the monarch’s long journey I am brown spikes of wheat...

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Annette Sandrock is a member of Cleaveland House poets, and has a published book of poetry titled “Labyrinth” for sale at Bunch of Grapes, Edgartown Books, and two bookstores in Lisbon and Porto, Portugal,...

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Chocolate By Laura D. Roosevelt Dark, sweet chocolate — damned confection! Always, you’re my cursed selection. As for pears, or grapes, or melon: I don’t want what they are sellin’. Cocoa, you beckon me, compellin’ Me in the fattening direction. On Blubber’s...

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Jetty By Lucas Thors Jagged boulders jutting out endlessly into the opaque torrent a red bell sings at the end, anticipating icy seaspray. Waves dash upon the rocks freely through cracks and crevices a tern cries a mournful timbre, welcoming the...

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What am I By Valerie Sonnenthal I am the sun on the water's surface a thin layer of warmth fading with day a first memory growing in a warm liquid world I am sky holding changing colors a palette of...

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New Skills By Clark Myers we wash groceries and bags with disinfectant the bottoms of shoes and maintain six feet distant in a kitchen only five feet wide we’ve learned to be OK with endless screen time kids love us the more — tortillas from...

Poet’s Corner: Haikus from coronavirus pandemic time

I miss you and you And you and you and you and You, in quarantine –Theresa Holmes   Ticket in the sand Symphony, Covid canceled Just a lost bookmark –Wendy Palmer   Lucy Vincent Beach Rules for social distancing And the cliff fell down –Daniel Schlozman   Lucy Vincent...

Poet’s Corner: Haikus from coronavirus pandemic time

When a bud opens Is it truly in flower If no one is there? –David Forbes * Gilligan's Island Isolated family Save me professor –Theresa Holmes * empty main street in Falmouth only things missing are the tumbleweeds –Michael Francis Oliviera * The Big Wave I paddled out far, I am...

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I Am A … By Ivy Marcella (June 29, 1985 – June 21, 2005) I am a soul rebel, a wave crashing, gliding across my imagination. I am in the dark alone, nervous of the dark, but going off to sleep. I...

Poet’s Corner: Haikus from coronavirus pandemic time

Beautiful Flowers By Emery Fullin Beautiful flowers We play in the sun all day I love the colors Emery Fullin is in third grade, and lives in Vineyard Haven. She loves to go in the ocean all months of...

Poet’s Corner: Haikus from coronavirus pandemic time

Stuck in a vacuum operating a vacuum which really does suck My wife chastened me for not wearing protection — emaskulated Did Cinderella hate the endless housework as much as I do now Hey COPD looking good! No wonder you took my breath away My cat...

Poet’s Corner: More haikus from coronavirus pandemic time

Deadline was Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Will finish Tuesday –Kate Feiffer The streets are empty No one playing on the beach A new silent spring –David Forbes Masks masks everywhere Are you smiling or frowning I miss all the smiles –Jill Freedberg 100,000 an ocean of tears...

Poet’s Corner: Haikus from Coronavirus Time

Pandemic book list Grabbed from a healthier time Still not compelling –Nancy Aronie Planting this season Gardenia in the garden Six eyes will see it. –Kate Feiffer First I lifted weights But before long I was all: “Mint julep sans pants!” –Nicki Galland Yesterday, zoom, zoom Away...

Poet’s Corner: Corona

Corona It’s Everywhere And Nowhere The kids gathering at sunset on East Chop The ghosts shuffling through the shelves at the grocery I see Streamers Wisps of what floating through the air And cries Of forgetting And of Loneliness Everyone’s screaming in silence Everything’s silence in your head Jordan Wallace...

Poet’s Corner: The New Normal

Where we used to stop and share we now shout six feet apart or mime to one another muted under heavy cotton This is our new normal Working from home, teaching ourselves to bake bread, planting our gardens, driving less we find...

Poet’s Corner: Coronaikus

Coronaikus By Michael Oliveira upon reflection that mirror guy is starting to get on my nerves heh heh heh heh heh staccato delivery helicopter laugh the past behind me yet the nagging feeling it’s going to lap me loved the Lone Ranger when young: now I...

Poet’s Corner: Fridge Contents Writing Assignment

Fridge Contents Writing Assignment By Nancy Slonim Aronie I have reams and reams of paper In case I write a book But now with time and this assignment My fridge I'll take a look Oy, all I see is heavy cream Organic,...