Mineral feathers, halcyon sheens,
sickle sleeks of ice-capped valley.
The molten sun, unashamed,
is happy to be caving;
to its light dark backs are turning.
Chills shadow up a coarse-barked spine
to roost in coated skeletal palms
where grackle abdicates desert.
Their recession melts, slides
down the other circle half,
and, like temporary death,
leaps to betray its horizon original.
All the while, the jocund monster
digs from hibernation,
ringing ears of the blind
with its brightness.

Featured image: Winter Woodland Sunset,
oil on canvas, 2017, by Mona Edulesco.
Find her on Instagram @monaedulescoart

Image used with permission from the artist.

Glories blaze and dim

pursuits cajole.
Energies capitulate

unique brightnesses
to torch-bearing wholes.

After emptying shell holes
of earth, preemptive

punch bowls hang
over memories and last

night’s battle debris
patch together

the subsequent daze.
Endorphins and adrenaline

war for each inch,
tickling psyches which

contemplate the switch.
Any uncertain circuits

sour. Their light-year slices
turn distance pandemic

for these falling
bodies of hours.

Featured art, Hide, War
cold wax, oil paint on board, 50 x 60,
by Kathleen Fox.

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Used with permission from the artist.