Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Haiku by Christine Tabaka

wind in trees
leaves dance to
a grand ballet
august ocean
warm current caresses
like liquid silk

Ann Christine Tabaka was born and lives in Delaware.  She is a published poet, an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer.  She loves gardening, cooking, and the ocean.  Chris lives with her husband and two cats.  Her poems have been published in numerous national and international poetry journals, reviews, and anthologies. Chris has been selected as the resident Haiku poet for Stanzaic Stylings.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Haiku Cats by Joan McNerney

Haiku Cats – take your pick of the litter


the gingersnap cat stares as
I get undressed.

What does this cat think
strumming his tail with such ease
to fugues of Bach?
Shut Eye
Black and white kitten
lying under clothesline in
soft circles of sleep.
Street Walker

Calico cat
curving corners
against the cold.
Free Throw

A tiger cat with
big green eyes
tosses balls of yarn.

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Blueline, and Halcyon Days.  Three Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Kind of A Hurricane Press Publications have accepted her work.  Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky and she has four Best of the Net nominations. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

September 16, 1881 by Michael Ceraolo

  September 16, 1881


"Quiet is no certain pledge
of permanence and safety
Trees may flourish and flowers may bloom
upon the quiet mountain side,
silently the trickling rain-drops
are filling the deep cavern
behind its rocky barriers,
          by and by,
                          in a single moment,
shall hurl to wild ruin its treacherous peace"

I will become the embodiment of this


Quiet is no friend of mine
I need the noisy clamor of demand
to sell my autograph for twenty-five cents,
my autographed picture for a dollar

"This is another from his work Eighty Days, dramatic monologues by Garfield and Guiteau for each of the days covering the period from the day Guiteau shot Garfield until the day Garfield died."

Bio:  "Michael Ceraolo is a 59-year-old retired firefighter/paramedic and active poet and baseball fan.

Beyond the Clouds by Colleen Keller Breuning

Beyond the Clouds

Pinpoint lights dot black velvet fields above,
Eyes travel north and wish upon a star.
The intellect seeks while the heart finds love
Beyond mountains of despair, near and far.

Long shadows of night tumble into day,
An unrelenting quest for inner peace.
Though darkness fades to muted shades of grey,
I look beyond the clouds for my release.

Hot summer rain beats down upon my face,
Melting anxieties away like ice.
Your words resonate, filling me with grace;
Their seeds of hope as plump as grains of rice.

Your image has faded, my tears have dried…
Forever I shall carry you inside.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2017

Soul Kissed by Desiree Cady

Soul Kissed

I didn't know my soul was starving
Until I got a taste of you
Didn't know how much I was missing
Until you did the things you do

I thought I had felt true love
Before I felt your tender touch
You came into my life
You have taught me so very much

You showed me a different man
One I knew nothing about
One who can speak his feelings
Doesn't always have to shout

A man who can tell me he loves me
And I know that is enough
One who will stand beside me
Even when things get a little tough

You've shown me so much different
Than I have ever known
Just these few months with you
It's amazing how much I have grown

When it comes to decent men
You are truly one of a kind
I have been blessed in this lifetime
To be able to have claimed you as mine

©2017 Desiree Cady All Rights Reserved

I am a 33 year old mother of two beautiful girls who have been my saving grace. After a brutal attack a few years ago, I have been plagued by PTSD. After the attack and a few suicide attempts, I vowed to tell my story and help inspire others to get help and to know that they are not alone.  I am currently wrapping up two manuscripts for publication and am set to be published in an upcoming anthology that will come out mid - November.
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