Issue 35 – Rengay & Split Sequence



Rengay

Deep Storage

in an old cigar box
three generations
of buttons

keys just in case

of a lock

one year gone
adding his tools
to my box

found letter

the steamy rumor

that no longer matters

the hand-me-down
cat’s eye marble

wrapped around

an aperitif glass

the war is over

Bryan Rickert, USA & Kat Lehmann, USA

Back to Normal

traffic congestion
finding no space
to reflect

crossroad winds

never coming back

display window
all the mannequins
with masks

city drifter

the close of a song

from an upstairs window

sidewalk flowers
tracing the past

intersection

between then and now

dust and ash

Hifsa Ashraf, Pakistan & John Hawkhead, United Kingdom

All Fingers and Thumbs

second date
her lipstick
stuck in the tube

borrowing a dress

that almost fits

bitten down nails . . .
the pantyhose
scagged

strappy heels––

three steps

before her ankle twists

a wet patch
where the roll-on missed

his text . . .

staying in

mustard-stained sweats

Lew Watts, USA & Tanya McDonald, USA


Split Sequence

How the Wind Moves

escalation

whistling kettle

no way left to hide

the truth

on the fire escape

knock on the door

our neighbor says she hears
every word

loud coos of pigeons

unclipped wings

the freedom to be
myself

GRIX, USA & Christine L. Villa, USA

High Desert Blues

homestead hardware

hollow core

a door hangs on

by its good hinge

the last bounce

desert trampoline

a truck tire

gives only so much

of rusted bedsprings

hipster makeover

curating lost dreams

as their own

Peter Jastermsky, USA

To Be or Not to Be

suicide hotline

we tell each other

one more lie

bruised moon

the same platitudes

I don’t know why

I keep trying

shallow sunrise

as yesterday

dying light

will anyone catch

the falling kite

Susan Burch, USA & Vandana Parashar, India

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Issue 35 – Haiga

weaned
all the things I can do
baby-free

Agnes Eva Savich, USA (senryu) &  Elizabeth Gold, Sweden (photograph)


spent
with three hands––
vacation time

Anannya Dasgupta, India


gender reassignment the scarred mesa of your chest

Debbie Strange, Canada


kelp canopy
I wander the minds
of an octopus

GRIX, USA (senryu) & Shloka Shankar, India (artwork)


second shot
distancing myself
from distancing myself

Kevin Valentine, USA (senryu) & Steve Valentine, USA (artwork)


Sunday roast . . .
our unexpected guest
rubs his hands

Marion Clarke, Northern Ireland


mirror . . .
how many false selves
do i have?

Michael Morell, USA


lofty shrine . . .
I search the I
in me

Milan Rajkumar, India


Thanksgiving
wanting more
than equality

Nika, Canada

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