The Fading Winter Sunset
by James G. Piatt
In the vanishing glow of the dull wintry sun,
The cold mist fades into the horizon’s pink hue
Leaving me with only the present: When the
Tide propels white crested waves onto the
Cold seashore and, the brine covers my footprints
In the sand, I become threadbare from the
Curling wind that carves memories into the sky:
The roar of the raucous sea drones on in the
Ears of sea birds that do not realize its Importance,
but I am not immune to the reality of the noise,
It echoes in a place that exists In my mind that is
Forever drifting into the fading winter sunset.
Bio: Dr. Piatt's poems have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of Web
awards, and his poems were published in The 100 Best Poems of 2015 &
2014 Anthologies. He has published 2 poetry books “The Silent Pond”
(2012), and “Ancient Rhythms,” (2014), and over 660 poems. His third
poetry book is scheduled for release in December. He has been featured
as poet of the year as well as poet of the month in 5 different
magazines, and has been interviewed as a featured poet in many
magazines. His books are available on Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
by Gary Beck
When din of earthly sounds appall
And all my spirit finds is sorrow,
Then I shall remember
My strange, serene sojourn
In a battered shack, on a flowered cliff
By the roaring sea,
There, when I sat i thundering stillness
And first began to know the sea,
I heard the ancient ocean call:
"Join me when your days are done."
And I, in ignorance cried out:
"Why can't I descend into your depths?
Now when my strength still surges
And I wish to sound your mysteries,
I am not welcome."
Then I heard a calming voice:
There are still tasks to be done."
Bio: Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn’t make a living in theater. He has 11 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays (Winter Goose Publishing). Perceptions, Fault Lines and Tremors will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance will be published by Dreaming Big Press. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press) Acts of Defiance (Artema Press). Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing). His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City.
GALINA WITHOUT TOURIST
by Linda Thornton Peterson
A beautiful cloudy day
Green grass and trees without leaves
Streets, quiet and welcoming
Galina, like I’ve never seen it before
Bio: Linda Thornton Peterson, a Louisiana native, retired from Northern Illinois University as a psychotherapist and teacher. Her short stories have appeared in The Greensilk Journal and Flash Fiction Magazine. Poetry publications include: The Greensilk Journal, The Hanging Moss Journal, the Western State Colorado University Journal and Northern Illinois University Journals. She won an NIU faculty poetry award and founded two DeKalb writers’ groups. She was an Associated Press stringer photographer and an art teacher who continues to exhibit her art and write.