AN OLD GRAVEYARD IN THE WOODS
by John Grey
Many stones, most fallen, buried in weeds,
so worn by time and weather,
there’s barely a trace of who is buried beneath,
when they lived, when they died,
their husbands, wives, children.
The carvings are in many shapes.
Some are broken. Most remain intact.
No mourners come here.
It’s as peaceful as a meadow.
Such blissful anonymity.
Such a gentle crumbling below.
Such an earth making room for all of us.
Bio: John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Stand, Washington Square Review and Sheepshead Review. Latest books, ”Between Two Fires”, “Covert” and “Memory Outside The Head” are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in the McNeese Review, Santa Fe Literary Review and California Quarterly..
It all comes down to this in the end, baby—
by Robert Beveridge
Down a shot in a dingy
bar in Aspinwall, write
poems on paper napkins
that tear and smear when wet
Christ, Chaucer couldn't've
even finished the Wife
of Bath's Tale on a blackglass
scarred bar like this one
Bio: Robert Beveridge (he/him) makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) and writes poetry on unceded Mingo land (Akron, OH). Recent/upcoming appearances in Breathe, Playlist of the Damned, and Linked Verse, among others.
by Diane Webster
Lying on my back in bed
to move my hand
to turn my head
to mutter a sound;
my ears would alert
my brain to open my eyes
to stop this dream of hands
scrabbling over my body
like a boy poking a stick
against a cat’s carcass
to make sure it was dead
when all it wanted was to move enough
to be taken home to a soft bed
and warm milk and a soothing hand
to pet its matted fur
like finally I jerk awake
in a midnight-telephone-ring way
and curl into a fetal ball
wanting sleep but my ears alert
to every settling creak and pop
or imagined step on the carpet.
Bio: Diane Webster's work has appeared in Verdad, North Dakota Quarterly, New English Review and other literary magazines. She had a micro-chap published by Origami Poetry Press in 2022 and 2023 and was nominated for Best of the Net in 2022.