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.
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–
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 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.