by Timothy Pilgrim
She apologized for her affair,
confessed need to see
new men every year
or two or three,
asked tearfully for a metaphor.
He said love is a purple orchid
arcing down in morning sun
from high planter in solarium.
A wilted orchid.
Hanging at daybreak.
FROZEN by Lynn Crounse
OUT DEMONS OUT
by John Grey
The more I love her in absentia,
the more I hate myself.
To drive the adored away
is to hone feeling into an arrow head
and plunge it into my chest.
I sit here in the kitchen
sipping cold coffee
and staring out the window.
I'm like a Christian waiting to be martyred
or a soldier about to go over the hill.
My grief begs to disagree with the songbirds.
And if I wrong the warm, bright sun I'm sorry.
But I recycle everything into sorrow.
A new day's just a patchwork of the old.
My thoughts will whip me
like a cat-o-nine-tails.
My tongue will loudly curse
the use I put it to.
I will rip myself raw,
invoke every cruel tool
this side of slaughter.
And then I will wait
until her self-hate rages,
ousts her anger.
I will make more coffee,
stare out more windows,
wait for her return.
FACT/DIS by Kyle Hemmings
by Stephanie Anne Williams
Singsong wisps meet wordless chugs, stealing
Bloody the apparition that creates death, alight
Quantum trysts that mark the days between rue
And silence, the chasm closed, somehow steely,
Breath and bite murdered at witch's tug
But she bathes in her youth, making splash and
Kerosene lift toward the burn, the magic red in
Her eyes and with a clunk of her lid, pull
Of her brow, she feasts, nibbling, on spells, and
Croaks brillig on charms
Cloaked maniacal hex, chipped tooth, politely
Dressed in gauze smashed foul amber click,
Clack, exchange of brute for sinner's smudge,
Scarlet mark deemed viper flash, cast on
Cauldrons, demigod ache
And these, these candy-coated words, the trite
Wound of language, preciosa carved in still-life
Apertures and overtures of mixed fruit, coiling
Eternally, like the magma queen you were,
Dipped in apathy, the only "He" to ever whirl
And turn, and care, pilfered in light smirk.