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Another New Year
Craig W. Steele

the new year rises
like a crescent moon once more—
half empty, half full

Hunting Season
Craig W. Steele

deer hunting season—
winter sunsets again tinged
with bright hunter-orange

Winter Wonders
Craig W. Steele

late winter breeze stirs
fluttering bits of paper—
mourning cloaks emerge

Craig W. Steele resides in the countryside of northwestern Pennsylvania, near Lake Erie. In his quest to become a widely-published unknown poet, his poetry has appeared in numerous publications, most recently in The Lyric, Mused: the BellaOnline Literary Review, and Wolf Willow Journal, amongst others, and continues to write monthly poetry as “The Writer’s Poet” for Extra Innings online.

In Hindsight
John Hawkhead

all over the house
the cut price reading glasses
I just cannot find

Chain Link
John Hawkhead

kissing the widow
along her silver neck chain
the glint of his ring

Last Word
John Hawkhead

final reminder
dropped through the letterbox
cut price funerals

John Hawkhead’s haiku, poetry, short stories and short plays have appeared in publications all over the world. He won first prize in the HaikuNow 2013 Traditional Haiku category. John’s book of poetry, illustration and haiku, Witness, is available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon and iTunes.

Patti Rossi

snowflake minuet
white laden serenity
nature’s gift of peace

Patricia Rossi is an attorney, freelance artist and writer. Her poetry has been featured in Long Island magazines and published in “Poetry Haiku. Her personal essays have been published in major New York newspapers. One of her academic papers was featured in New York Magazine. Patricia leads creative writing workshops for cancer survivors. She is also the recipient of a number of New York state funded individual artist grants. Patricia has utilized the grant monies to create and implement writing empowerment workshops for women specifically in undeserved communities in New York State. Patricia lives on Long Island with her husband Ed and their adorable pup, Flanagan.

They Call it Love
Levi Andrew Noe

No one ever said
that love would look like a pair
of shared noseclippers

Levi Andrew Noe was born and raised in Denver, CO. He is a writer, a yogi, an entrepreneur, and an amateur oneironaut. Levi won first prize in 2011 and 2013 in Spirit First’s international poetry competition. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in Ink, Sweat & Tears, Connotation Press, The Harpoon Review, Five2One Magazine, LitroNY, 101 Words, Twisted Vine, Birdy, River Poets Journal, Elephant Journal, and Japan Travel, among others. He is the editor in chief and founder of the podcast Rocky Mountain Revival, Audio Art Journal.

December Farmhouse
John Grabski

Decorating panes
Children scratch names in hoarfrost
Grandpa shivers hard

Winter Berceuse
John Grabski

Twisted branches bare
Rub and screech like violins
Squirrels curl in their dens

Crick Crack Creek
John Grabski

Ice pops snaps and splits
Cottontail scurries for shore
Brook trout breathe once more

John Grabski is a runner, writer and poet. His work has appeared or is forthcoming at Unbroken Journal, The Harpoon Review, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, Ash & Bones, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Eclectica Magazine and Cyclamens and Swords. Excerpts of his published work can be read atGRABSKIworks.com or find him on Twitter at @GrabskiJohn.

Rose Kowaliw

Soft glowing candles
lovely radiant smile
younger than your years.

Rose Kowaliw

Dark skies this morning
the melancholy moment
all encompassing.

First Snowfall
Rose Kowaliw

Sparkling diamonds fall
covering everything
illumined by moonlight.

Rose Kowaliw

Something in the sky
is causing speculations
we are not alone.

Rose Kowaliw loves the sparse beauty of a Haiku and its illusion of simplicity.

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