A squirrell splooting on a branch

      Squirrel (Photo – Kathabela Wilson)


      Hosted by Kathabela Wilson

      it’s so hot

      even the educated squirrels
      at Caltech do it–
      splooting, maybe the birds
      and the bees do it

      ~ Kathabela

      (Splooting: a behavior that allows squirrels and others to cool off is more prevalent now, in the light of global warming)

      Ο Ο Ο


      unfolding the globe

      peel away
      the carbon layer

      and let
      the good times

      *Kathabela, Sharon Hawley, Diane Funston

      Ο Ο Ο

      Rachael Ikins

      Aftermath of Drought

      Leaves‘ teeth bite asphalt
      carapace. Rain pocks puddles.
      Tomato bones, draped black rags drooping,
      Forgotten love letters while
      burst globes desiccate.

      Feet beat, road pulses.
      Rain teases cheeks. Grey sinkfuls,
      saved, showers, baths skipped.
      Brutal noons, thumb numbed, hose
      fakes cloud. Earth’s cracks yawn.

      Ο Ο Ο

      Diane Funston

      planning our trip

      autumn in Mexico
      day of the dead
      dancing with souls

      Ο Ο Ο

      two flowering catueses

      Cactus Blooms (Photo – Sharon Hawley

      Sharon Hawley

      finding the day pleasant
      trees with raised arms
      settle into the work
      of surviving another day

      I walk among them
      visitor in a foreign land
      nomad among residents

      another wild and beautiful
      corner of this country
      that few humans see

      Ο Ο Ο

      kris moon kondo*

      siren song

      can we hear
      the earth’s

      *Collab: Diane Funston, kris moon kondo


      a drawing of a squirrel over the moon

      Squirrel by Janet Olenik

      Global Warming: Notes and Credits

      Rachael Ikins, a graduate of Syracuse University, is a Fingerlakes born author/illustrator of 9 books in multiple genres. Her work appears in many journals such as the Muddy River Poetry Review, Owl Light Literary Turning Points,The Mason Street Review, Broadkill Review, Synkroniciti and many others. Find her on Instagram, on Twitter and on FaceBook.

      Diane Funston lives in Marysville, California, in the Sacramento Valley, and participates in Poets on Site. Her new chapbook Over the Falls was recently published by Michael Czarnecki’s Foothills Press. She publishes in many journals, including The Cherita Journal, California Quarterly, San Diego Poetry Annual and Palettes and Quills. As Poet-in-Residence for Yuba-Sutter Arts and Culture, she runs a monthly online “Poetry Square.” She’ll be traveling to Mexico with her poet-adventurer husband, Roger, this Autumn.

      Sharon Hawley is an adventurer poet, based in Pasadena, California. She has participated since 2010 in the many performances and publications and writing workshops of Poets on Site. Read her blog and upcoming adventures.

      Kris Kondo has lived in Japan for 40 years, now in a small village of Kanagawa. She’s a longtime friend and frequent visitor to Poets on Site in Pasadena, and participates several times a week in Zoom writing sessions. Her short form poetry and artwork has been published in many print journals and online for many years.

      Submission Guidelines

      Suggest your own theme. or write Kathabela for a theme suggestion. We publish every two weeks. Send short poems, free verse, haiku, senryu, tanka, cherita, haibun, tanka prose, short prose poems, etc., or your own unique approach, to Kathabela by text message or (click here to email her directly). We can feature your work again after five months. Multiple Submissions can be saved to appear later:

      1. Send a short bio, with comments on your theme.
      2. Send photos or artwork by you, or friends.
      3. Put your poems directly in the email.
      4. No attachments except photos.
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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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