You Made Me Take Drugs by Bogdan Dragos

“You made me take drugs,” she reproached him But he didn’t hear her over the pain in his lower belly “You made me take drugs,” she repeated. “Huh?” “And for this I’ve decided to replace you. With someone better, someone who would never make me do something I don’t feel right with.” He shook his…

Plink, Plink, Plink by Don Matthews

I sit upon my porcelain Throne and ponder, think I know what you are thinking What rhymes with think, yep, sink I think I must change washer In leaking tap in sink That’s next to me (it’s dripping) Plink, plink, plink You think I’m on my toilet Sitting, waiting, think It’s really all just make…

Ravenous by Charles Lyman

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before….” — Edgar Allan Poe Nietzsche didn’t get virtual reality, the benefit of mirrored aviators when fighting the demons of oneself. Becoming monsterly while combating evil shows a decided lack of lyrical aesthetic.  Dance in toe…

The Building was still Unfinished by Bogdan Dragos

They will never finish the building It would stay in its skeletal form forever because the government is corrupt but then they all are so it wasn’t the grandest tragedy of the world It was a fun place for the kids A place where they pretended to be monkeys and did parkour and whatnot A…

Rules by Don Matthews

(True story – I was a university student.  My father a preacher.) I went to university Questioned all the rules Wondered why some followed them Looking like such fools Follow rules by all means Those which do make sense Don’t follow blindly all the sheep Cos many just plain dense Question question question I was…

Earth by Diana Menezes

What if the mountains did more than just expand their chest?What if the rivers carried secrets andnot just tears of withering hearts?Does a moon lend its lightonly in darkness anddo leaves fall to show us how to let go?Do stars speak through their glimmer,is that why we gasp as they   tumble out of the sky?Is…

Convenient Truths by Susan Richardson

She is a tapestry of fiction, a cloak constructed from convenient truths. Her sentiment slithers, a hissing whisper in my ear, dripping in strands of insincerity that creep down my neck. Her memories are fabrications, shoved into the back of her mouth to keep the truth from coming out. A vain attempt at gobbling up…

Just an Illusion by Bogdan Dragos

like it’s been painted a million times, the room seemed smaller narrower suffocating. The window too small, the door too sturdy, ceiling too low and the generator of the illusion stood across from her on the bed He’s been around for a year and six months Result of her first and surely last non-aborted pregnancy…

Publisher Wanted by Don Matthews

I’m looking for a publisherA rhymy-loving typeWho wants to increase readership(I also offer skype) There are no skyping rhymers(Who offer two for one)I’ll skype for you both day or nightBuy me (before I’m done) Although my rhyme’s oft silly-likeThere’s serious undertonesA flippant/serious comboWaiting to get known See the one in TO BE? That’s me… -DON…

Half a dozen of the other, or: Jew by David Bogomolny

Tassels swinging as they walk to the Wall on Saturdays;       perhaps not. It depends,       you know. Some wear frock       coats so you wouldn’t       know it;       plus- tassels probably don’t swing much under heavy polyester. I went abroad to teach a group of secular Jews       from Russia       in Georgia….

Savages by Bogdan Dragos

Wasn’t the best house for a five-year-old It was just a small room above the bar his mother worked in and it was open until late at night and he couldn’t sleep because of the noise He imagined savages going at each other, fighting to the death, and then laughing in celebration of victory and…

Meeting Turns to Crap by Don Matthews

(true story in my hometown Adelaide) The staffers were all gathered Round each other, seating When suddenly they heard above A sound, a sudden creaking Very soon they all began To look up, and start mumbling When the creaking sound above them Turned to quite loud rumbling Suddenly the ceiling Above them gave away And…

The Enchanted Forest by Saania Saxena

Not far from sight Lies a forest I’ve never seen The trees and the bushes Glimmeringly green I take tiny steps As I walk into the mist To a world of enchantment I never knew would exist The day has begun With the sun wide awake The endearing tweeting of birds The dawn chorus they…

Morning in the Desert by Nick Pipitone

Watching the horizon, bright sun high above baking the desert this lonely morning I came here for mystical union, for total silence but the mighty sun cares not this morning What of the Desert Fathers, who searched for love retreated to their cells in the morning? Did they unlock secrets, away from violence find perfect…

Kissed So Hard by Bogdan Dragos

“Have you ever kissed a lover so hard you chipped a tooth?” she asked with a grin that revealed more than one chipped tooth He shook his head. “No, and I really don’t intend to.” Well, that’s what you get for hitting on a girl you meet in the yard of the local asylum. But…

Huntress – The Fiery Empress by Meenu Saini

Celestial crown Hidden far from naked eyes Diamonds and stones Dauntless saviour possess collapsed castle The empress Denies to impress Fascinate fairy Heals herself through bruises Nostalgic and merciful Embellishes the world with grace The enchantress Inspires to express Shrewd souls Manipulate the mystical majesty Believer and beware Ignites the destiny through stars The heiress…