To sin by silence, when we should protest, Makes cowards out of men. The human race Has climbed on protest. Had no voice been raised Against injustice, ignorance and lust, The Inquisition yet would serve the law, And guillotines decide our least disputes. The few who dare, must speak and speak again To right the […]



By Kim Hansen

Oh blistered gem of delicate weight, ruby red and alive.

Oh mandala of bumps, perfectly replicating your patterns right into my soul mouth.

You are moist and lovely. The more imperfections you offer, the better you smell; your ripeness becomes you.

Even in your delicacy you offer a small space. Sometimes […]

Reflections on a Photo of a White Iris

By Johanne LaRocque


Feathery… Floating…Fluttering Angel wings encasing, protecting not quite closing over Gaping… Yawning…Mouth Spilling precious sacred secrets Into the night from deep inside

Reflecting roots grounded in earths of generations past

Strengthened and nurtured By timeless gardeners’ love affairs With ancestor flowers To bring this one here, now To joy’s full bloom […]

To the Butterfly

Photo by Johanne LaRoque

Photo by Johanne LaRoque

By Johanne LaRoque

When you were a tiny oval thing Adhering to a leaf Were you afraid Of those seeking you to eat? The ants, ladybugs and wasps… I wonder… Could they see your shape of round Hiding in your growing ground?

What about when you grew bigger Had stripes […]

What it comes down to…

By Cynthia Swan

Driving from my son’s home to my own After a late night babysitting my grandson, I drop into the stream of my thoughts, glide through a reverie, Passing miles of houses, people at home doing people things. Moving from couch to bed, eating chocolate, brushing teeth, Tucking in the smallest child, glancing […]

An Old Navy Man

Photo by Johanne LaRoque

By Johanne LaRocque


His coffee tastes of freshly tarred driveway Burning nostrils, stinging eyes, feeding Tendrils of bitterness sprouting from Inky black grounds of hate settled in the bowl of his soul A self-proclaimed old navy man The smell of his fear rises like evening tide in the Volume of TV hate talk, checks […]

Mother’s Day 2014

By Laura K. Deal


On this cold, wet, snowy Mother’s Day, my daughters study for their final exams, taking their education seriously, with the background awareness that not everyone on the planet shares this privilege. I hold them in gratitude and pride, for the ways they’ve blossomed because of, and despite, my […]

Shadowed windows open

By Karen Perrell Campbell



Shadowed windows open Am I the guide or the guided Learning which path to take Opening the door to understanding?

Am I the guide or the guided Listening to the innocent Opening the door to understanding Parting the curtains to the […]

Just One Lemon

By Johanne LaRocque

Started it all I went to Google For a curious look And found over 100 ways To use this fruit. I didn’t have time for that! So I backed up a slice Right down the middle And started with half I discovered One teaspoon of juice And a tablespoon of […]

On seeing four photographs

By Catherine Woods


I tumble quickly as my despair gathers momentum. The dinosaur’s skeletal remains on the floor, near the forgotten and forlorn chair, add to this despair. Without pause, I conjure that photo of the polar bear who died of starvation, unable to reach his venerable kitchen. I feel the ice cap melt […]