Enigma by Joni Caggiano

fading, my heart envisions a ripe fig molting tan skin lying like a sad mason jar empty, left alone, with a scar odors float like memories sparrows sing their hope your face a repeat movie reel fingers weep aching to feel your body folding into mine tears of laughter jumping rolling over hills of bare…

Moon’s Dust by Jeff Flesch

drips drop from the top of a stopwatch as the minutes until we meet cascade over my heart watching the fear depart say you’ll love me until the last act of the art leaves forever and may we impart and imprint upon our collective souls the deep need for a fire so bold continuing to…

Life and Nature Beseeches by Joni Caggiano

tearfully shedding buttery orange leaves all year silently for each life shed in brutality and fear earth rejoices when drops descend from the sky mixing with pores of earth’s green and dirt dry love kisses thistle and uncurls branches to clap while lovers snuggle close, slowing hearts to nap petrichor releases a gift to enhance…

Rainbows in the Night by Janani Arvind

how could we ever hold hands with our fists closed so tight we are still walking alone vary of the rolling stones could we ever go forward forgetting all the bruises of the past black eyes and sleepless cries waiting for a sunrise did we ever look past the waves to see the drowning ocean…

Spectrum of Traits by Rinku Mani Devi

The vibrant and squalling sound Brought our child to life, Stained with my blood Her tender body emitted a supreme And divine spectrum of traits, As if all the colours of the light Were the jewels bestowed upon her By the grace of the omnipotent; With each colour narrating a tale About her glistening fate….

A Trick on Life by M. Taggart

I played a trick on lifeand trusted it.Along with what my mind delivered;the opening of a door, the murmurof a child, the running feet froma few rooms away until finallythey were no longer away, but here.As if when having thought about lifewith him, long before conception,was a reality. And somehow, it was.Much like the storm…

The Landlord’s Wife by Isha Garg

This is a page, dear reader, from my life about a love both secret and unspoken, for, you see, she was the landlord’s wife – and I, a lonely surveyor and month-long tenant. On a misty eve in an icy, grey November, did I make my way to her elegant door; as the mountains with…

Lost and Found by Haoyan Do

Lana always thought that she had lost Bala forever. Even before high school graduation, she knew the gap between her and Bala was so huge that it’d be impossible that they would be together again. For one thing, Bala’s parents were against their relationship. For another, Bala, after going out with Lana in 10th grade,…

Love in the Thin Air Died by Komaljeet Kaur

Empyrean chided the dark and coppery clouds when globules of thundering dismal in her eyes felt ingrate head lowered and demeaned; they left her remorseful eyes en bloc. The skinny, stubborn, pleasantly intoxicating smoke fleered; undressing the fleshy overcoat. The noisy turbulent torrent kissed her rheumy eyes and roused her dead soul with a gentle…