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Flying Island Journal 5.31

Dear Flying Island Readers: Welcome to the 5.31 Edition of the Flying Island Journal! In this edition we publish poems by Janet E. Irvin , Zachary Danker t, Susan Mason Scott , and Nancy Botkin . Inspired to send us your fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction? For more info on how to submit, see the tab above. Thank you for reading, Flying Island Editors and Readers
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Somewhere between morning and now, a poem by Janet E. Irvin

Somewhere between morning and now Somewhere between morning and now as I harvest beans, deadhead marigolds, and cradle the plump, sun-warmed flesh of a Cherokee purple, I remember you and me lying on the hill above Athens, Ohio not Greece, in the grass we called curly  for the way the blades embraced our naked  sunbaked bodies as we made love. Somewhere between that dawn and this noon our skins abandoned  their tight fit, sagged, sloughed free like the blanched peel of a tomato stewed in its own juice, its seeds, like ours, passed on to future gardens. Chores done, I step into the dim present,  to watch you napping, still as an effigy on a royal tomb, hands cupping the place  where I once laid my head to savor the beating pulse of love after lust. My heart stutters over the desire to lie once more where we once lay somewhere between morning and now. Janet E. Irvin is a career educator, author, and poet. Writing as J.E. Irvin, she is the author of seven mystery/thriller novels. Her poe

Wild Sweet William, a poem by Zachary Dankert

Wild Sweet William  I am trying to caution you  to the change in the weather, but  you are preoccupied pressing black-eyed susans so tightly into a book  there is no air left for the future You are always doing this, I remember  last June, bergamot in my  coffee pot in the waist  of your pants Flicking through page after  page of specimen  I asked, “what is the  desired outcome?” and you  stepped outside, returned fists full of New England aster Instead of writing I  daydream geraniums, your fingertips pressing them through my eye sockets It was not so hard before,  when I gathered  refuge under your thumb which  pressed sunday mornings closed   with melancholy  made reluctant before you noticed the  first bulbs beyond the fence In my half  of the study, and sit down to write, but  I can’t resist calling “there are only  so many flowers  a man can press”  Next year when bundles of compass plant  are stored in the pantry, I remark caustically how odd it is to live in a temple  preservin

Perennial, a poem by Susan Mason Scott

Perennial Carry one half cup of death, shards of bone, bits of skin, a scorched vessel. Carry pink and red camellias shedding organs, barely alive, dust-colored at the edges. Carry the downy feathered bird who fell from the nest then Carry the empty home of woven yarns, bed with feathers sifting gravity to dress the hollow bowl. Carry fire, burned hands that sieve through burdened hands leaving the bone soup. Carry the bitter sulfurous root. Carry half an antidote to atone for father below the etched stone, scatter here the solemn cup like pollen sneezing the solitary season. Carry drops of dew to baste union of two. Carry soon mother’s last spasm as maxim: don’t live(die) among old people. Carry a rose, snug bud longing for youth to fruit. Carry the spade of soil and compost, knead sun for onions and lettuces, cut in fat for hungry worms. Carry spring rain, aroma of scallions, mud, and filtered sun to stir into stew. Carry another half cup, an offering softer for her, to season

Waiting, a poem by Nancy Botkin

Waiting We all do it. In the airport. In line at the grocery store. We wait for the swelling to subside, the guest to leave, the antibiotics to kick in. Endless waiting in doctors’ offices. The outer one, but also the inner one where you sit in a flimsy flowered gown. Not to mention the nervous wait for the biopsy report. I once rolled out cookie dough, set the over timer, and then moved out of range so I couldn’t hear it. When I finally came back in, the buzzer became an alarm. Kids used to pull the fire alarm in high school, and we knew the drill: file outside and wait in the cold for the all clear. You often hear someone say those five minutes were an eternity! How much time is wasted waiting for Christmas or summer vacation, only to be let down. Forget about prince charming meeting you by the pool, the one who also kept you waiting by the phone. Daisy Buchanan waited for the longest day of the year and then missed it. Who hasn’t waited for the chance to say, “Why don’t you take a f

Flying Island Journal 4.26

Dear Flying Island Readers: Welcome to the 4.26 Edition of the Flying Island Journal! In this edition we publish poems by Martha Sherick Shen , Daniel Thomas Moran , Thomas Alan Orr , and Robin Gobetz ; creative nonfiction by Susan Pines ; and fiction by Sally Harvey . Inspired to send us your fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction? For more info on how to submit, see the tab above. Thank you for reading, Flying Island Editors and Readers

A Poet’s Hymn, a poem by Martha Sherick Shen

A Poet’s Hymn One day a tree grew    until the ax drew        blood and the tree became pulp                       became paper                         became poem                 became crane and flew away.   This flat life        thin as paper wings words                a poet's hymn and when folded fast          by fertile hands:                   a frog                     an owl                         a crane   to fly away on bended wing         to seek    at   Least 10,000 words of peace          no voice will utter     save on soaring wing          a silent prayer               a wish to sing.   And so transformed       i fly this once flat life         has died   in peace as she who wings her words  a feast       and folds her hands     and then         became a sign of hope:            an origami crane. Martha Sherick Shen is native to Iowa. Born into an  academic family, she was labeled a slow learner years before dyslexia was understood. She did not read until she wa

The Giant That Fell on the Man, a poem by Daniel Thomas Moran

The Giant That Fell on The Man            26 Dec 2019—Hiker Killed by Falling Giant Redwood in Muir Woods Two hundred feet  is a very long time. Four feet across, by an application of π , must be a full dozen  feet round, more rings than an Indian wedding. Subhradeep only desired  a long walk along that path,  that courses an untroubled way thru Muir’s red-hearted cathedral. The tree, having survived  the saws of ten thousand lumberman, the campfires of great armies of Boy Scouts, and the cacophonous horrors that  attended the second millennium, Wished only to remain plumb,  long enough to reach a few  more branches, up and up thru the ancient shadows, to prospect  for the Gold of California suns. In the end, it was only the  weight of raindrops, and the insufferable consequence of time, meeting a man who had a tender curiosity about a place of giants, who took five steps too many, or maybe five steps too few. Daniel Thomas Moran , born in New York City in 1957, is the author of sixtee