Speaking Through A Mirror

Would you look at my beautiful

Skeleton broken in two, twice

The shell of a skeleton in a mirror?


You who cannot recognize the you

In me underneath my skeleton mirror,

The belly I am no longer approved in.


Swallow familiar shadows- not seen

Before my eyes; look down as your sex

Swallows me entirely, leaving me whole.


Look hard to see the secret hidden stars

When you find darkness in a shadow mirror,

Mirrored by twice the shell of a skeleton.


by Paige Simkins

Paige is a poet who lives with her dog, Sir Simon, in Tampa, Florida. She holds a Bachelor degree in English (Creative Writing) and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She works as a Public Librarian and is very passionate about poetry, libraries, VW Beetles, and visual art.

Questions and Answers

Question mark meanders

like a curl of smoke ascending heavenward,

a supple supplicant, innocent yet insistent,

only to cool, drift sideways,

bend back under itself–

expectant and intrusive

its round, ripe belly

belies the truth

of what it holds–

then descending,

   a dagger







It was a simple question.

Is this your son’s coat?

But I answered an unasked question–

twisted, stained, bloody and ripped raw–

unmasking my horror and grief.


Years later, they stated it simply,

Joseph is still alive.

Standing among his gifts of wagons

and donkeys and food and riches

I added two words–My son–

forming a question that punctuated their tacit deceit–

a jagged gash

puncturing the tender trust between us.


by Alan Toltzis

Alan Toltzis is a strategic marketing consultant living in the Philadelphia area. One of his poems was published in Focus Midwest. He is writing a long series of poems that uses the Torah as a starting place.

The ghost looks like me

The flame on the candle wick sways

The ghost has entered the room

and he looks exactly

like me when I was a child


by Ashlie Allen

Ashlie Allen writes fiction and poetry. Her work has been published in The Jet Fuel, The Screech Owl, The Crab Fat Literary Magazine, The East Coast Literary Review, The Squawk Back, Conclave: A Journal of Character and others. Besides writing, she has plans to become photographer.

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