A Poem by Donal Mahoney
Down the patio walk,
under the trellis toward me
yellow frock, yellow hair
rising and falling
I lie in my lawn chair,
spoon honeydew sherbet, sip
pink ade from a tall glass,
She is almost upon me
I look up and I tell her
I have sand, sea, skies, laughs,
all paid for and nothing
nothing at all to do.
Song by Berlin hip-hop artist sookee
“Man Prayer” – words by Eve Ensler, film by Tony Stroebel
A Poem by Susan Dale
How far must I travel to find you?
Into the oldest rainforest
Where dwell tree spirits since the dawning of time?
Or deep down inside the bowels of earth
Amongst sleeping locusts and a stream of molten lava
Smoldering beneath earth’s crust?
Past bird song and sunset
Beyond twilight into the darkest night
where even owls are quiet and bats fear to fly
Or down clackety-clack tracks
On a ghost train moaning in the night?
Where have you gone?
I fear into the back of beyond
where winds are fashioned and hurricanes die
Where promises are no longer spoken
And footsteps are silent
Black waters rise around you
And you sink deeper.
A Poem by A.J. Huffman
I thought if I looked deep enough
into his eyes I could see the future.
But lies layered in smiles are
the only stars in that particular showing.
And I have never held a proclivity
for astronomy. I am my own
astronaut. Floating. Uninhibited
in an atmosphere of self-suffocation.
I breathe — only inside
the poison of my own mind.
A uniquely designed antidote
for the exquisite fairy-kissed mouths
of beach-born boys playing
at being a god.
Beyonce sings the National Anthem and I am brought to tears (for the first time in my life listening to her rendition of the song)–I personally never thought much about her, but she has made a new fan of me.