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Dream of You

Dream of You

There’s nothing written in the stars, I’ve not experienced the beyond; there’s only this ache in my heart but that will be gone, when I’m gone. There’s only lost thoughts in the air, random emotions haunting me. There’s only sadness and despair; I’m swimming in a lonely sea. I cannot spot that peaceful shore where [...]

Candy Bar ’75: Part Two

Candy Bar ’75: Part Two

Editor’s Note: It’s a “stagnant” summer in Diamond Bar in 1975 and Darlene and her friend Deanna are headed to the club to check out the cute lifeguard Steve. Read Part One here. “Let’s head to the club now,” Deanna continues after a long slurp. “I think that new lifeguard Steve likes me. I wanna stare [...]

Candy Bar ’75

Candy Bar ’75

June 16th, 1975 Another stagnant summer morning in Diamond Bar. My brothers Keith and Danny are still in bed. Downstairs, my mom’s rattling something around in the kitchen. I’ve been hanging around my room all morning, not doing much of anything. I read in a magazine the other day that teenage girls should get more [...]

Mountain Glory

Mountain Glory

Light red look north picture perfect day mountains a touch away command a second look rocks fused by earth’s dance cracked sharp ridges finger smooth surfaces shadowy images play hide and seek peaks startle sky take it in light green drive along smile beauty hitch ride.   Copyright © Gerda Govine Ituarte Gerda will be [...]

St. Nicholas of Tolentino Loses His Arms to His Cause

St. Nicholas of Tolentino Loses His Arms to His Cause

          By Linda Dove I am no longer rowing this boat. Oarless, I cheat death. I skim gloom. My arms go on working without me, just some old wood people expect to start fires. Can you lose the hope of your hands? Once, they broke bread, made the sign of the [...]

Self-Portrait at 32

Self-Portrait at 32

              Whose isolation is lonelier than undisturbed snow. Whose loss can be deeper than a forgotten memory of loss. Whose church is a silence where a bowed head speaks to God. Whose fists bang against walls like words on deaf ears. Whose peace is hearing raindrops fall on a [...]

The Reel Classroom by Margaret Finnegan

The Reel Classroom by Margaret Finnegan

  A little bit of a nervous breakdown brought me back to teaching. I had left academia when my daughter was born, and for a good while I loved everything about the stay-home mom business. I was that woman who wanted to see the first step and hear the first word.  I was the one [...]

You Rock Me Sonnenizio

You Rock Me Sonnenizio

            after Ingres’ Comtesse d’Haussonville   The face of all the world is changed, I think, each pleat and ruffle smoothed into eternity. I’m face- to-face with your icy blue threads. Your nape mirrored above the hearth gravels my sang-froid. Let’s face it, this triple façade of royal flesh stains [...]

Strawberry Yellow: A Mas Arai Mystery

Strawberry Yellow: A Mas Arai Mystery

Shug Arai didn’t have any shoulders, or at least it looked like he didn’t have any. So when Mas Arai peered into the statin-lined casket to gaze at the body of his second cousin, one of the few relatives that he had in the United States, he was startled to see that someone—most likely the [...]

After Imaging by Linda Dove

After Imaging by Linda Dove

After imaging In the scan of my head there are lakes, frozen and lit. At altitude, sockets of snow. In the door of my head lights left burning where I crave the doused dark. The doctor’s voice is a mouthful of cloud. She spits out words sequela      foci      lesions  that flit [...]

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