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Poetry 2 Winter 2017



What’s Love?

  by Bonnie T. Amesquita


It means I will watch

from the window

when you’re shoveling snow

just to be sure you’re safe.


It means I’ve learned to

touch you gently

to stop the noise

when you snore.


We’ve grown familiar

and don’t kiss much now

but we finish each other’s

sentences, think each other’s thoughts.


I’ve learned

to love your puns

and how your mind spins

words and dreams.


Do you remember

that late summer day

so long ago

when you held out your arms


and gave me the sun and moon?

Their light still shines as always

and you’re still as constant

as they


That’s love, my dear

That’s love


Bio : Bonnie Amesquita grew up in Illinois and Connecticut.  She attended Joliet Junior College and College of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, earning her bachelor’s degree in English in 1983.  She then enrolled in the master’s program in English at Northern Illinois University (NIU), earning her M.A. in 1989.  That same year, she became an English instructor at NIU.  In 2010, the NIU English department awarded her their Excellence in Teaching award.  Upon retirement from NIU in 2010, she entered Chicago Theological Seminary, where she earned a Certificate of Theological Studies in 2011. She and her husband Ric live in DeKalb, IL. 


    by  Candace Meredith
When you hear my anger
realize you’ve done
something to intrigue me.
And when you touch my
tears, pull away, because
you meant something else.
If you embrace the wreckage,
the tension will dissolve in 
a smooth texture of melted butter.
And when the warmth fades,
you’ll hear laughter, and 
remember our ability 
to deal with the pain.
When you return to see
the faucet still dripping 
in the kitchen you left spotless
the evening you walked
out our door: think disorder
began when you turned those pages
that had spaces to be filled. 
And when you touch the moment 
and remember you wanted today
more than anything else
you’ll hear the silence 
and believe there was no need
to be anywhere else.
Bio: Candace Meredith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English Creative Writing from Frostburg State University in the spring of 2008. Her works of poetry, photography and fiction have appeared in literary journals Bittersweet, The Backbone Mountain Review and The Broadkill Review. Her works are a reflection of her travels to Japan and the Western hemisphere of the United States. She currently works as a Freelance Editor for an online publishing company and has earned her Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) from West Virginia University. Her first effort in writing a collaborative children’s book is a progress in the making and Candace anticipates seeing completion of the book in 2016.