What the Wind May Do
by Julian D. Woodruff
The wind’s come out to exercise today.
It tests itself: how long can it exhale?
With steady breath it makes the trees obey:
They bend while waiting for the rush to fail.
Tiring of that pursuit, the steady pace
Becomes a series of percussive bursts.
‘Though rudely shoved, limbs soon regain the place
That’s theirs when air is evenly dispersed.
All this is but routine, a little game
That breezes play to keep themselves in shape,
So that when Nature knows the time has come
She can unleash a force of such ill fame
That none—branch, tree, or forest—will escape;
Nor we, green suburb down to grayest slum.
Bio: Julian D. Woodruff divides his time between western New York State and Toronto, writing short fiction and poetry, much of it for children. His work is most recently represented in WestWard Quarterly and on the websites of Aphelion Webzine and The Society of Classical Poets.
by James B. Nicola
Have you ever been nowhere
and yet been everywhere?
Or vice versa?
For the paradox to play,
one part might have to be fact; the other, feeling:
You could travel to twenty-eight countries with a companion and yet not know them at all;
or strike up a conversation with a stranger on a park bench or in a café or bar, and in a flash know everything there is to know about them,
or worth knowing, it would seem, about the world.
Or so I've heard.
I've tried twenty-eight park benches so far.
This morning, a café; tonight, a bar.
I think I'll try
Bio: James B. Nicola, a returning contributor, is the author of six full-length poetry collections. His decades of working in the theater culminated in the nonfiction book Playing the Audience: The Practical Guide to Live Performance, which won a Choice award.
A Ship of Trees
by Carolyn Wolfe
A ship of trees
went sailing past my window
were Pines and Maple,
Oak and Ash
The Birch trees waved
and the Willow trees swayed
All happily up rooted
Their leaves blowing in the wind
Going on an adventure
that I can only imagine
To put down new roots?
To create a community of Forest?
I do not know
And as I lay wondering
at such a flight
the moon came out
shining on their leaves
silvering their branches
surrounding the ship
with her light
then came the stars
creating a path across the sky
guiding these travelers
To their next port of call…
Wide awake I stepped to the window
catching a last glimpse of their ship
Bio: Carolyn Wolfe is a free-lance writer, published poet, and author of eight books, four of which are illustrated children's books. Those include, "Am I YOUR Pet?", "The Drowsy House," "The Bedtime of The Sky and Other Sleepy-Bye Stories" and "The Unhappy Little Dragon, Lessons Learned." Her books for general readership include: "Miracle Paws, A Love Story" a story of rescue and light romance, and"The Moonsparrow Collection" which is a collection of her short fantasy stories. Ms. Wolfe has also published two collections of her original poetry" Notes From the Shadow Self" and "Making Waves," as well as an adult Sword and Sorcery novella, "Blade's Magic" which is about dangerous magics and an attraction that spans two worlds. her latest book,"Tales Told Under The Darkened Moon" is a collection of dark fantasy stories, that have a hint of humor, a hint of dread, and little bit of shiver for all fans of ghost stories and tales that go bump in the night.
All her books are available on amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Books-A- Million- (online)
Ms. Wolfe lives with her photographer husband, Scott, and a houseful of her own rescued, animal companions. If you would more info about this Author, here is her website info: http://wolfecarolyn.wix.com/carolyn-storyteller