Editor I Need Some Help Here by Don Matthews

I’m wanting some help with my poetryI need to unburden my brainIt’s giving me mental thrombosisImagine the state of my pain  Have you had a mind-clot of neuronsWho want to stop whirring around?I rely on their whirring-aroundnessTo tell me they’re perfectly sound  I think I’m expecting too much ofMy neurons I want to rotateI should…

Cosmos by Bharath Upendra

Tonight I sleep on all the promises I failed to keep. I woke up to a colossal pour of unwanted emotions, leaving me drenched and aghast at the flood that swept my home. The clouds around my coffee and a storm of sugars plague my mind with falsities of possibilities. Forgotten are fires that brighten…

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…

And it Happened Again by Komaljeet Kaur

ginormous world was dripping wet as tears silently rushed down her cheeks solemn promises shattered just beside the aged mirror that looked grave as before words burning on her lips diffused calmly into the cold air spelling out curses aloud cacophony grew intense in her mind as her heart reads out “I see my whole…

Major Decisions by Bogdan Dragos

you know you’re depressed when the window in your room looks better with the blinds on than with a clear view of the outside “But I’m all right,” he said to himself Beyond the thin wall he heard wheezing breath and grunts and moans. His roommate was living the college life, alright. Kid kept saying…

I Am Poet Laureate by Don Matthews

I am a Poet LaureateIn nonsense poetryTook years and years of study, sweatTo reach this level (me) Not many brains are cut outTo handle this genreBut when I reached my nonsense-topResounding shouts, ‘good on ya’ I finally got my LaureatshipAt ceremony they donnedA cap and gown upon myselfAnd said arise Sir Don We bow down…

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…

Ode to a Dream by The Devil Unbound

This sequence of dreams led to the realisation that I was not living the way I had to live in order to achieve my goals and aspirations, and that I was not living the way I knew how. It hastened a significant change in perception and therefore in behaviour. Whence it comes, I do not…

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…