Truth is a Green Rubberband by Garen Zakarian

Because we need more / Chinese helicopters / to fight famine in Ethiopia / and Italian submarines / for the Western Sahara.…

Interrupted by Garen Zakarian

You talk / I listen / then I nod / I draw a line on a piece of paper /You spill the coffee…

Happy Days by Garen Zakarian

Some days you won’t brush / your teeth going to bed / those are the crazy days…
Artwork (c) Richard Palmer

We Who Are Left Behind by Michael G. Springer

must tighten the cinch / wrap up the reins and open the shoot / eventually this rodeo will buck / us all to the…

Going Home by Leland G. Heathco

One last road to follow, one more hill to climb / You won’t need your tools this time or a thermos to fill…

Childhood Memory by Ruben Garza

It’s dark and it’s late, downtown modes to scare me at night / Streetwalkers and drug dealers lurk in the shadows /They sing the…

Broken Glass Heart with Fresh Flowers by Tommy Antrez

Shattered into a thousand Tiny pieces shaped Like a maze A kaleidoscope design Carved by two soft Smooth hands With French-tip nails Cold as seashells Stuck in white sand My wild scented Rosemary…

Lessons from an Infant by Steven P. Arthur

She could’ve easily been mistaken for being asleep, but I knew she wasn’t. Ambulances and paramedics don’t get called for sleeping babies.…

Carving Stories by Tommy Antrez

My pen carves gracefully / Like sharp blades on / Winter ice, /…

How Nature Taught Me to Sing in Lockup by Ken Lamberton

Prison taught me to be unobtrusive and quiet, to always go with the flow, to never make waves. Nature taught me that a wind…
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