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Nashukuru (I am grateful) by Oluremi Ann Oliver

"I am grateful for the wind catching the stillness of the trees and making them sway"

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8 Ways Grandchildren Can Touch You, Except When They Can't by Cora Liderbach

"And though smartphones bring you their Knock-Knock jokes and blackbelt karate moves, it’s not the same as feeling small arms wrap round your thighs and wet, drippy-nosed kisses on your lips..."

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A Scar and a Souvenir by Kevin Hoskinson

"Some poems avoid you / and don’t bring a warm blanket / or soft sunrise at the end / just a reckoning of sorts..."

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This is also not a poem by Amy Rosenbluth

"These words are just the dust of the day, the breakage of thought that never got air time..."

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Could Have by Marci Rich

"Do not speak to me about grief or pain..."

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Anxiety/Creativity by Cecilia Tokar

"A reminder that just two weeks ago you caught him with a secret bank account and he still has not apologized..."

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Dear Friend by Emily Troia

"I’m enclosing a wanted ad / but, saying that here, I already know / it is not what you wanted..."

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Wispy Visions by Sarah Littlefield

"You can’t dip into the same sky twice..."

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The World Upside-down on Wade Lagoon by John Zajc

"My mind is in the moment, appreciating the gift. Ha! You liar..."

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The Wild Dares by Deborahelaine Miller

"Birds taunt like boys daring / Still, it shivers in a black frost..."

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I admire the resilience of weeds by Rachel Abbey McCafferty

"They’re pigeons on a city street, deer in the suburbs, people everywhere, throughout time, throughout space, making do wherever their roots find purchase."

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Nature's Truth by Angela Gartner

Why are we bent on tearing our world apart?

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