cattails
September 2016
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UHTS collected works

moonlight
seeps through cracks
in the roof—
that one spurt of life
in a dying flame

Shrikaanth Kristhnamurthy
United Kingddom

the muse
so fickle and flighty
appears to be back
do I dare purchase
another ream of paper

John Soules
Canada


vernal equinox…
meditating to recorded
nature sounds
a sadness I can’t name
finally overcomes me

Cyndi Lloyd
USA

a squirrel
buries the almond
I gave him
then returns yet again…
another knock on my door

Mary Davila
USA


whether to buy
a book on making soup
I may or may not use...
an unwilling homemaker
by instinct or by choice

Anne Louise Curran
New Zealand


bits of sky
plop in the wishing well
night after night
as night after night the moon
fishes them out for his own

Alegria Imperial
Canada

Milky Way—
an undelivered message
between our stars
fitful dreams in the darkness
lonely without your pillow

Goran Gatalica
Croatia

at the edge
of a cliff, i stand
and see
a long, long way down…
empty without you

Ramesh Anand
India


my neighbor
tends her maidenhair—
bent fingers
trembling among the fronds
stirred in a twilight breeze

Gavin Austin
Australia

off-guard
at the swelling
of my heart
when the prodigal
daughter returns home

Marianne Paul
Canada