Poisonous treacle, or: Host

Poetry Partners #166 'Host for the Lancet Fluke', a poem by Gareth David Ogilvie of 'The Zen Poetic' Narcissistic parasite That feeds the masses ignorant delight A hidden force that holds the sceptre A distant ghost that steals your nectar Feeding you lies to hold you prisoner Making you vote for your wounded blister Giving… Continue reading Poisonous treacle, or: Host

Woman, or: Beautiful

Poetry Partners #165 'Black and Beautiful', a poem by Irobiko Chimezie Kingsley of 'MEZIESBLOG' If you must lie to me, Maria, please try not to cry Smile like a child and wipe my tears like blind Bartimaeus Should you trip and fall off a cliff, spread your wings and fly Sing a sweet song and… Continue reading Woman, or: Beautiful

Remaining, or: In between

Poetry Partners #164 An 'American Sentence' by Kaci Rigney Life begins and ends with a heartbeat, breathing and bleeding in between. Kaci Rigney: https://kacirigney.com/ A 'Crystalline' by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’ Decay's inevitability rattles venerable hollows. Grounded hope's for the remaining, rather than in dreams of remaining. Show faith in the collective present;… Continue reading Remaining, or: In between

Earthquake, or: Flash flood

Poetry Partners #163 'Earthquake', a Septolet by Kaci Rigney rumbling, rolling rubble scattering stumbling shaking ripples fracture the California streets rife with panic Kaci Rigney: https://kacirigney.com/ 'Flash Flood', a Septolet by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’ skies tear open flashing eyes scan torrents raging, ripping, sweeping, smashing, crushing Negev hikers

Thought, or: Naught

Poetry Partners #162 'Books', a poem by Neha Singh of ‘Enigma’ Glancing through the pages of books mesmerized by the artless charm getting lost in some reverie, we escape from our unnerving moods prancing into an unforeseen journey fantasizing about the impossible. Enigma: https://adreamyhope.wordpress.com/ A Tanaga by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’ For too… Continue reading Thought, or: Naught

Fingerprints, or: Tongue

Poetry Partners #161 Senryu by Jan Beekman of ‘janbeek’ I. Each snowflake's unique Like my fingerprints and eyes Brrr - snow on my lids II. I stuck my tongue out Ouch! Help me, I'm way too close Stuck to that damn pole Jan Beekman: https://janbeek.blog/ Tankas by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’ I. each… Continue reading Fingerprints, or: Tongue

Shimmers, or: Ripples

Poetry Partners #160 'Magical', a haiku by WickedLizzie of 'Essays From the Edge of Existence' Moonlight on the lake Softly shimmers, casts a spell Nature's magic glow Essays From the Edge of Existence: https://wickedlizzie.wordpress.com/ A tanka by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’ moonlight on the lake softly shimmers, casts a spell nature's magic glow… Continue reading Shimmers, or: Ripples

Garden art, or: Lost in high weeds

Poetry Partners #159 'Metal Pets', a photograph (above) and ekphrastic series of kimo poems by Marsha Ingrao of 'Always Write' Eyes pleading to adopt soldered bodies No rhyme to their color scheme No purpose or service Standing close, begging - take all three of us a bird, cat, and centipede Natural enemies Stand together in… Continue reading Garden art, or: Lost in high weeds