Hidden Dreams by Jeff Flesch

There are dreams hidden within buildings towering upon hills and beneath the surface of the sky a transparent beauty escaping from time’s paradoxical ties leaving memories as whispers of what was once you and I -JEFF FLESCH Jeff Flesch lives in Corvallis, Oregon, and was voted the 2022 Spillwords Press Author of the Month for…

Baudelaire by Dawn Pisturino

when i saw you there lying on the cold stone slab your virgin beauty pure as white marble i remembered why i loved you and all the promises we made you no longer see me except in dreams far away you no longer hear me except when celestial angels open your ear with a golden…

Winter Blossoms by Jeff Flesch

I wake up and walk along the lonely trail made out of crushed fragments of love for sale dwindling in the night sky these eyes try to make sense out of the pain cascading like a river from the fingertips of the giver a silent witness and, an ever present gift the red sandstone mistress…

Hana no Niwa by Michael L. Utley

In the restless nights In the small flower garden Spider lilies weep Mournful beneath midnight moon Dreaming higanbana dreams They cry in silence Do they know for whom they grieve Do they remember It was you who planted them It was you who gave them life They are not alone In the soil of memories…

My First Kiss by Joni Caggiano

freckles rearranging erotic patterns on pale, poreless skin cotton candy, and elephant ears dripping in sugar and butter air shifts smell mixing with scented moments, holds onto life white eyelet dress clings to sun-soaked skin; its holes breathe virgin lips plump, yearn for a first kiss, weary of practicing guilty for praying for my first…

Blue Notes by Joni Caggiano

hearts melting red trickling down hardwoods solitary trumpet blowing blue notes calling dolefully floating through my window, I ensue a corner that may hold a shadow laugh of you cigar smoke lingers in stale air by our old bar trumpet tears create a puddle outside the door cobblestones hold echoes of honest laughter your voice,…

What is Beauty to You? by Shobana Gomes

What is beauty to you? he once asked me. We stood among the flowers, on a hill where sunrises never set. The day remained gloriously endowed by all that charmed. I stared ahead at the wonder of it all. Would a question like that require a tender heart, or would it be in passing that…

Son of the Sun by Joni Caggiano

my lingering limbs upon a solitary tree eyes indigo, darting in a hypnotic state heart akin to a hummingbird’s wing Orpheus fashions purity in poetic bliss fish, even rocks move to trade a kiss my unsheathe skin lay on Balkan rock notes from lyre waltz on savory breasts birds kissing his image on the Aegean…

What If by Michelle Ayon – Navajas

what if we didn’t meet?  what if it didn’t happen?  what if our hearts did not collide?  what if our bodies did not unite?  ’twas like a movie, in full production  i was the star, and you; just being you, in anticipation  you said your “hello,” i think i said “hi” in return  i felt…

Touch and Taste by Jeff Flesch

every little touch, and taste takes me to another place desire afire, living inside the tranquility of the seas with dark blue and indigo too a backdrop of the love inside our truth they live in the skies burnt amber, and copper filled jewels, raining down love on me and you -JEFF FLESCH Jeff grew…

Cosmic Radiance by Jeff Flesch

I walk along the forest floor, watching as the mysteries pour forth blooming evergreen weeds, struggling up through the ground looking to see if anyone’s around they always wink at me relating a resilience and a broad-spectrum playfulness hidden inside the stars heavens, a mirror takes two seconds more to notice in the dew lingering…

Fiery Lake by Jeff Flesch

love lives in each heartbeat and breath we take, regardless of past mistakes and the pain we rake like mist that takes me on a trip down memory lane and into the fiery lake I transpire. lingering on the petal of a flower and, within an hour? clarity becomes truth just like the love, I…

Anniversary by Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Inhaling each breath you exhale,knowing our love could never fail.A part of me lives in your eyes,your presence makes my spirit fly. We met each other magically,to change our lives so drastically.Enhanced by our diversity,our love extends eternally. Swimming through life, collecting facts,while gaining proof that pile in stacks.Flying in our own hourglass,forming fond memories…

Empty Nest by Jeff Flesch

the pain comes to me in the afternoon as I sit in front of the tree meant for you and me I cannot hide from the tears inside they well up and finally, come forth in my heart and on my cheeks, they do intone a lingering in the midst of our tryst, as I…

Helios of Pain by Jeff Flesch

birds fly through the sky as in my heart our love always resides flittering and mistaking a beat or two for a remedy made of oranges that are blue in an afternoon of love-making combined with two souls partaking in each other, hand in hand and as I gasp, before the rendering is complete a…

My Shadow by Joni Caggiano

tenderly touch me for I was once raw singing floral notes softly from a flush sky never leaving your shadow, you are my shelter my guardian, my shield who wisely can hum away pain bodies entwine like veins heating us up soft the blanket you lay upon my tender soul weaving a home of soft…