Category: Poetry

A Mother’s Place

by Sharon Kurtzman It is not a mother’s place to turn her children into firemen, make them dance like Pavlova, play sports like Kobe Bryant perform in the way of Meryl Streep or Beyonce.   It is not a mother’s…

How to live

by Maureen Sherbondy Forget rules. Make your way to the finish line. The snake is the end and the beginning. Sing while you work. Work is play. Eat all the apples. Toss cores into the stars. Remember to climb jungle gyms…

Visiting Nannie at Mayview

by Gibbons Ruark The door swings to behind me and I smell, Among thick vapors from the hidden bedpan, The roses and the rubbing alcohol. You lie propped up on a pillow. The fan Whirrs slowly as you blink your eyes…

from the Prologue: Fiddledeedee

by Shelby Stephenson 2015 North Carolina poet laureate SAYING I NEED AN IMAGE TO MAKE THE WORLD I went back home and held my eyes on the hill and it said You need a word deeper than I so I took…

Birds Are One Music of the World

by Al Maginnes Because they are beautiful and small, with brassy songs and feathers that host the entire range of visible color, I could listen or watch without any need to know their names. My wife reads markings and colors,…

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