Autumn Sunrise

Early walkers traverse
exposed low-tide strand.
Tangerine horizon floats
above spindrift waves.

Sea weed cast ashore
among driftwood debris
forms a curling ribbon
across footprinted beach.

A trio of dolphins perform
their energetic aquacade
for the benefit of joggers and dogs.
Panzer pelicans strafe silver surf.

By Jennifer Lagier

sunrise glow over ocean


The author, Jennifer LagierJennifer Lagier has published thirteen books, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: jlagier.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/JenniferLagier. Photo by the author.

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When the World Tilts

The world has tilted
and now the darkness grows
like a living thing
coming into its prime.

I don’t know how
the night sky by morning
casts so many shadows
but it does. They propagate.

Rich textures form tapestries
seen even in the absence of light.
They form from the shadows
and the cushions of fallen foliage on grass

and the resting places of leaves
on benches and the boughs
of evergreens now dotted
with reds and yellows.

In the moment
before the late sunrise
the outline of a moose
appears on the trail.

This creature could be
made of shadow, but isn’t.
He has his autumn antlers
and is ready to rut.

By Ray Ball

Moose walking down a forest road


I am a writer and history professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. When not in the classroom or the archives of Europe and Latin America, I enjoy running marathons, reading, and spending time with my spouse Mark and beagle Bailey. I’m the author of a number of history books and articles. My poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Alaska Women Speak, Eunoia Review, Foxglove Journal, and Occulum, among others. I tweet @ProfessorBall. Photo by the author.

Joyous Dawn

Gray skies
That morph into blue
Sun reflecting
Off the morning dew

Sleepy eyes
Greet a new day
Nature awakening
In a colorful array

A golden glow
Explodes across all
The earth comes alive
To the bird’s call

Moments pass by
In the beat of a wing
A glorious dawn
And the joy it does bring

By Ann Christine Tabaka

bird singing from branch


Tabaka Author PhotoAnn Christine Tabaka was born and lives in Delaware. She is a published poet, an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer. She loves gardening, cooking, and the ocean. Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her poems have been published in numerous national and international poetry journals, reviews, and anthologies. Chris has been selected as the resident Haiku poet for Stanzaic Stylings.

Photo of bird singing by Sander Meertins

Mystery

It rises before my eyes—
an earthbound illusion—
roseate-hued, it spreads
and creates the eastern sky

our life-giving star
to our great good fortune
it is where it is
in the universe
or we would not be
where we are

I should be content
with knowledge resting in the unknown
but no, my restless mind wants to grasp
who or what guides hot heaven
that gives such diversity of life

such promise between
our first breath and last

By Gene Gobel
2 August, 2017

person watching sunrise over ocean

Photo by Patrick: pat138241

Eternal Summer

The dawn wakes to memories
of barefoot summers on cool green grass.

Swirling patterns in the coffee,
premonitions of days to come.
Visions rising from the fragrant steam,
filling the room with warm contentment.

Outside my window, the soft amber light of morning
filtered through trees imparts a dreamy
feeling, bestowing the day with hope.

A soft breeze stirs over the gardens as the
wildflowers raise their smiling faces to be kissed
by pollinators busy making morning rounds.

Shadows grow short as the day grows long.
I am drawn back to my coffee as I contemplate
peaceful moments, deep seated with the wish
of eternal summer.

By Ann Christine Tabaka

woman sitting by summer window


Tabaka Author PhotoAnn Christine Tabaka was born and lives in Delaware. She is a published poet, an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer. She loves gardening, cooking, and the ocean. Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her poems have been published in numerous national and international poetry journals, reviews, and anthologies. Chris has been selected as the resident Haiku poet for Stanzaic Stylings.

Photo of window by Vadim Georgiev