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Old Women, Sweeping by Gail Peck

They are deep in thought, as they bend over brooms clearing corners and floors. Some have a tune in their head, some reflect on sorrow while others seem lost in this ancient chore. Hair now gray, stooped shoulders, bones that...

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Mr. Gleason by Cyndi Cresswell Cook

“Cut it out!” Sam Cooperman protested as Mark Withers reached across the aisle to extricate a tan notebook from under Sam’s arm. Mark pulled it in spurts. Sam was gradually conceding as the notebook was slipping out from under...

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Puzzle by Marianne Lyon

My whole dazed life I implored begged wailed for saints ecstatic gurus to awaken rescue instruct how to live teach me to write a psalm that knits pain into comfort shawl draft a map endow guide me from dark chasm walk me into...

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Applaud by Marianne Lyon

This dawn I applaud I applaud sun’s rising warming my hair inviting my shadow to make her entrance for one more saunter on this blessed blue marble I applaud sun’s golden melody applaud the way she composes morning overture...

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Dancer by Marianne Lyon

Dearest body I do not have a mind but I embrace holy litany of inexhaustible emotions they quick-step me through tragedy passion don’t have religion a Christ but I have you my sun I waltze you and together we enkindle burning...

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Floppy Ears by Cyndi Cresswell Cook

“She accidentally killed a puppy,” my brother Keith whispered to me. “What, who?” I asked. I had just sat down at the family dinner table and was looking for the silverware. My mother usually had it at each setting. Where was...

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On the Tropic of Murder by Cameron Ramola

March 3, 2036. I finally have the time to take a vacation. Or, more accurately, the police chief told me that I had to take the time. He had decided that he was tired of finding me in the coroner’s office, especially since there...

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May Nights by Wally Swist

from L’Allegria/Cheerfulness (Poems 1914-1919) by Guiseppi Ungaretti from Part 1, Ultime/Latest Notte Il cielo pone in capo aiminareti ghirlande di lumini   May Nights Heaven places on the heads of the minarets garlands of...

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My Home by Wally Swist

from L’Allegria/Cheerfulness (Poems 1914-1919) by Guiseppi Ungaretti from Part 1, Ultime/Latest Casa Mia Sorpressa dopo tanto d’un amore Credevo di averlo sparpagliato per il mondo   My Home Surprised after a while of my...

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Agony by Wally Swist

From L’Allegria/Cheerfulness (Poems 1914-1919) by Guiseppi Ungaretti from Part 1, Ultime/Latest Agonia Morire come le allodole assetate sul miraggio O come la quaglia passato il mare nei primi cespugli perche di volare non ha...

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IMAGINE By Patty Somlo

Imagine stepping through a pair of glass doors, opened automatically as you come near. It’s late February, and the rainy season has paused, bringing warm sunny days that can’t help but make you smile. Consider yourself a woman...

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