Dylan Heading Home by Tom Sheehan/ Photo by Jamie Sheehan.
BIO:Sheehan served in the 31st Infantry, Korea 1951. Books are Epic Cures; Brief Cases, Short Spans; Collection of Friends; From the Quickening. eBooks; Korean Echoes, The Westering, (nominated for National Book Award); from Danse Macabre are Murder at the Forum (NHL mystery), Death of a Lottery Foe, Death by Punishment, and An Accountable Death. Work in Rosebud, Linnet’s Wings,Cahoodaloodaling, Literary Orphans, Greensilk, Ocean Magazine, Frontier Tales, Western Online Magazine, Provo Canyon Review, 3AM Magazine, Nazar Look, Eastlit and Rope & Wire Magazine. He has 24 Pushcart nominations. In the Garden of Long Shadowspublished by Pocol Press, 2014, to be followed by The Nations, about Native Americans.
A Cloak of Water for The Rose Moon
by Kim Hazelwood
In a swift and moving current,
Where all at once
She realizes she never learned how to swim,
Faking a float for how long?
Adrift unsounded waters.
Distant voice weighs in
A deep register of comfort.
Squaring her shoulders,
With a jungle beat of
The rhythmic insistence of adoration, of love.
Where every single, simple wonderful
Thing she had ever wanted
Curls a blossom to perfection,
All she had to do was pull back the cascading canopy of
The Bougainvillea Backpages revealing what was there all along,
Waiting for the right time.
Bowled over by bliss,
Falling or pushed,
Thrown into the Cloak of Water,
A gift, a floodlight,
Lovely as the stars,
Scary as an astronaut’s walk.
The Undying Universe catches her.
It’s okay ,
In consideration of sweet candlelight,
It’s going to be alright,
Go ahead and Fall
To the depth of eternity,
You’ll learn to swim,
Even the Lion dips his paw into the water,
The Electric waters,
A bit of a Zing
Under the Cloak of a Rose Moon,
Where Leo secretly loves
The quickening aquamarine.
Bio: Kim Hazelwood is the editor of this litzine and the author of CoyoteBat!