Issue 38 – Editor’s Note

Dear Prune Juice Readers,

First, I’d like to thank Jonathan Roman, who stepped in when I needed help the most and without whom this issue would not have been possible.

Second, it has been a great privilege to serve as editor these past two years. This will, however, be my last issue. Prune Juice will be on hiatus until Summer 2023 while a new editorial team is trained.

Stay tuned on our website and social media for updates.

All the best,
Tia Haynes

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Issue 38 – Linked Verse

2nd grade
spelling champion
learning the language
of lymphoblastic


Susan Burch, USA

on a lone brick
makeshift lingam

no is an answer too

Raghav Prashant Sundar, India & Shloka Shankar, India

the problem with retellings

a cameo
in my own life

Raghav Prashant Sundar, India & Shloka Shankar, India

Split Sequences

In Search of What’s Missing

grey parrot

overcast day
my shadow still
trying to become

my best is not

in the dark
a dragonfly mourning
my past life

good enough

an anole
regenerating its tail
leaves skitter past

Hemapriya Chellappan, India & rs, USA

Stage 4

lightning strikes

the shock wave
behind the bright screen

the family tree

round after round
the fading scent
of daffodils


a spotted ladybug
on her lifeline

Richard L. Matta, USA


winter night . . .

cold moon rising—
I attempt to forget
ghosts of the past

walking faster than me

New Year’s resolutions
the lies I tell

my own shadow

a dark alcove—
the inner child crouches
where no one sees

Christine L. Villa, USA & Hazel S. Hall, Australia


They’re Playing Our Tune

just a few
minuets ago

on the hourglass

the fine clothes
that don’t fit
any more

on the rails
of the charity shop

my heart skips a beat

a pair of scarecrows
tap dance
in the rain

Keith Evetts, United Kingdom and Ann Smith, United Kingdom

Meeting the Deductible

at last
meeting our deductible
winter solstice

then falling into
the donut hole

the push
to have the baby
this tax year

definitely the less expensive

a two-day commitment
to cloth diapers

handmade quilts
from her baby shower
cover the crib

Julie Schwerin, USA & Angela Terry, USA

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