and cry mew than one of these
ALL SAINTS DAY
All Saints Day
I can remember myself
going for a walk
in the bright sun,
which seemed an especially
PATRICIA WELLINGHAM-JONES has a longtime interest in 'healing writing' and the benefits people gain from writing and reading their work together. Her poems, stories and articles are widely published. Her chapbooks include DON'T TURN AWAY: POEMS ABOUT BREAST CANCER, VOICES ON THE LAND, and END-CYCLE: POEMS ABOUT CAREGIVING. Contact
CALLIE REESE is a published writer from Santa Rosa, California. Having had Cerebral Palsy since birth, Callie has a unique outlook on life and the world. She has been writing poetry and short stories since childhood and took creative writing classes in high school as well as college. Her short story "The Feeling" has been published in the magazine "Women's Voices." Find out more about Callie and her work by visiting: Website Contact
EDITOR'S NOTE: November is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and Callie makes a lovely Poster Girl for the event.
EAGLE, GLOBE AND ANCHOR
TERRY FOOTE lives near Chicago with his wife, Pat and the memory of their departed feline. Terry's father ignited his passion for poetry and his work as a nurse inspires him to write. Terry enjoys home brewing and wine making and being spiritually renewed by nature. Contact
in a couple of sockets
lighting the path through the house.
and larger green capsule,
with a gulp of last night's tea.
MARY ELLEN SHAUGHAN calls herself an "accidental poet," since her goal was to write exquisite short stories. Her poetry has been published in Timber Creek Review, Foliate Oak, Peregrine, The Mid-America Poetry Review and elsewhere. She is a native Iowan who now calls Western Massachusetts home. Contact
but now I understand that somewhere beyond it is a place where the farthest wave
begins its journey to break at my feet.
I realize the salt air, here,
makes me breathe more deeply
than anywhere else, and that the hot sand
fills my whole soul with warmth.
Now I can hear the music in the waves,
and pause to reflect that the sunlight far out
on the deep, deep waters might be shining on
the backs of whales or joyful dolphins.
B.J. LEE writes for both children and adults and has many publication credits to her name. Formerly a music librarian at The Boston Conservatory, B.J. has both a M.L.S. and a B.A. in English. She lives in Florida with her husband and toy poodles. Website Contact
by Patricia Podlipec
By the road stands
an oak, towering
naked except for a lone
leaf, quivering as it clings;
a rebel refusing to join
others on forest floor.
enjoyed summer breezes,
endured rain and hail.
When autumn chilled
the air, the leaves
flashing burnished colors
‘til winter loosened their hold;
they tumbled in crumpled
heaps, but not this wrinkled
solitary leaf? Is it fear
that keeps me holding on,
or the comfort of the familiar?
PATRICIA PODLIPEC was a first grade teacher for over twenty years. After retiring, she and her husband moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina where she enrolled in writing classes. Her poems and prose have appeared in 2007 Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets, Western North Carolina Woman magazine and CLOTHESLINES, a collection of prose and poetry by Western North Carolina Women. Contact
fenced with split-rail cedar hauled from the bush
a long-forgotten farm.
Remembers digging post holes with his friends,
satisfaction at sweat they’d spent,
He has returned after years of moving on.
Does not find the garden where he tilled
the rockery beside the sunny side
where he, berry-brown carried on,
nurtured sedum, hens and chickens,
all the small crevice-loving flowers,
the maples, blue spruce and pine,
the lawn he seeded with a sweeping hand,
watered until the well ran dry.
All is gone.
Thistles sprout among the legs
DAVID FRASER lives in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island. He is the founder and editor of Ascent Aspirations Magazine. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Rocksalt, An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry. He has published three collections of poetry, GOING TO THE WELL (2004), RUNNING DOWN THE WIND (2007) and NO WAY EASY, 2010. To keep out of trouble, he helps develop Nanaimo's spoken-word series, Wordstorm. Website
by Robert Wooten
The most remarkable thing to Raymond
about this day and the way through it
this afternoon is the leaves that have fallen—
November’s assault on appearances—
between his feet and the sidewalk.
Three inches, six inches, a foot—
the drifts where the leaves have blown back
from the curb before the city picks them up—
leaves that close behind the way
that he is making. They crest before his knees
as if they were a prow and he a ship—
setting out, increasing its speed
through waters lighted
with the gold of the sun—
or the gathering pile of crumpled leaves
beneath a table of the god of endless revisions.
ROBERT WOOTENearned an MFA in poetry at the University of Alabama and an MA with a creative writing focus at North Carolina State University. His most recent collection FAMOUS LAST WORDS is a chapbook published by In His Steps Publishing, in 2007. His poems have been published in The Lyric, Poem, and Asheville Poetry Review, respectively, and in many other periodicals. His poetry currently appears in Old Red Kimono, Poetic Matrix, and The Dirty Napkin. Contact
by Jane Banning
Beyond the dead end
an owl waits on a kind branch
trundles over humble tufts
quills and needles
brown and pine
a scuttling, a settling
a fleeting green scent.
Poking its nose
out of a dry den
twitches its whiskers.