Sunday, July 14, 2024

Beauty Is Your Burden by Kevin M. Hibshman

The after party doldrums take hold somewhere around four AM.
There is a question mark engraved on your glistening forehead.
I could employ many trite adjectives to describe your well-rehearsed performances but is that fair?
You have so many expectations to live down.
The entire future is waiting outside the door and it is completely indifferent to easy smiles and soft bribes.
I think of your oft-used slogan: “Things will always work out with time.”
“One way or another,” I hesitate to add.


Kevin M. Hibshman has had his poetry, prose, reviews and collages published around the world. He has edited his own poetry journal, FEARLESS, for the past thirty years. He has authored sixteen chapbooks, including Incessant Shining (2011, Alternating Current Press). His latest books: Cease To Destroy, Just Another Small Town Story and The Mirror Masks Nothing, a co-authored book with John Patrick Robbins published by Whiskey City Press, are now available on AMAZON.

Friday, July 12, 2024

In Wild Hunger by Joan McNerney

Longing for blackness searching tunnels
tasting empty wells. How many times?

Ten times ten times ten. Ten thieves
have stolen our souls.

Lost in ignorance with plastic eyes
cosmetic sneers, they find illusion
in their own reflections.

Seven times seven times seven.
The shards of their mirrors are crushed.
Slivers of glass will be their food.

Many are lost to poverty stranded in
pools of despair. They crouch in
corners, eating the air of distrust.

Three times three times three
faith hope charity.
Which is the greatest of these?
Do you know true charity?

Tracing old constellations to find
nourishment. Though I have heard
the great silence, stood in golden warmth
filled with pure light...I am not yet free.

One times one times one.
In wild thirst, starved by sorrow,
in tears...I search for solace.


Joan McNerney’s poetry is published worldwide in over thirty-five countries in numerous literary magazines. Four Best of the Net nominations have been awarded to her. The Muse in Miniature, Love Poems for Michael, and At Work are available on A new title Light & Shadows has recently been released.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Eagle Versus Ostrich by Eric Chiles

Remember that Franklin
first suggested the wild
turkey as a national symbol.

Implication freights
avian analogies.

Do we soar above it all
or scratch subsistence
from the duff?

But here we are, fluff
obscuring reality
like a cock fight dust-up,

a veritable he said she said
fouled nest of twisted
meanings, scam worthy
of perhaps the greatest
flim-flam artist
of a generation knowing

his constituents are clicking
their remotes to another
channel, mimicking

the ostrich, head buried
in the sands of distrust,

internal voice mumbling
fake news fake news fake news
hoping for the next
commercial break trip

to the fridge where
an eagle eye spies
that left over piece
of American pie.


After a newspaper career, Eric Chiles began teaching writing and journalism at colleges in eastern Pennsylvania. He is the author of the chapbook "Caught in Between," and besides Disturb the Universe Magazine, his poetry has appeared in such journals as Blue Collar Review, Canary, Gravel, Plainsongs, Rattle, Sport Literate, Tar River Poetry, and the Voices Project.

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Intimate Enough by Richard LeDue

Like a knock on the door,
a cold morning ruins our summer heat,
leaving us reaching for blankets
and something to talk about
other than the weather forecast-
our nakedness inviting goosebumps
more than passion, our socks on the floor
seeming lost now, instead of abandoned
as part of being alone together,
when we turned night into a closed window
that kept our love safe
and intimate enough to still answer
the door in a timely manner.


Richard LeDue (he/him) lives in Norway House, Manitoba, Canada. He has been published both online and in print. He is the author of ten books of poetry. His latest book, “Sometimes, It Isn't Much,” was released by Alien Buddha Press in February 2024.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Leftovers by Kushal Poddar

To David Lewis

The rubber tube that breathes life
into the tired tire of my rusty bicycle
has patches on itself. A call
comes from the crow. It is the time
when the girl throws the leftovers
from her upstairs window. Sun reclines.
The fire tipped trees ferry
the whispering of desire.
Leftovers are life. Life is leftovers.


The author of 'Postmarked Quarantine' has eight books to his credit. He is a journalist, father, and the editor of 'Words Surfacing’. His works have been translated into twelve languages, published across the globe.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

A Brittle Silence by Bobbi Sinha-Morey

A brittle silence hung in
the air that my heart slowly
acquiesced to and everyday
I begun to taste it, too. No
nectarine spilled its drops of
poignant juice on my tongue
and no human touch ever
assuaged me; in my oneness
I felt no more magical balm
and my hope disappeared
through a sieve after so long.
I felt fastened to my bed for
hours each day in my malaise
til in the pale light of morning
it was perhaps a little feather
or a half written prayer that
swept my forehead, its rare
stroke against my skin that
averted my path to heaven.


Bobbi Sinha-Morey's poetry has appeared in a wide variety of places. Her books of poetry are available at and her work has been nominated for Best of the Net Anthology in 2015, 2018, and 2020 as well has having been nominated for The Pushcart Prize in 2020.