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
(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
the carbon layer
the good times
*Kathabela, Sharon Hawley, Diane Funston
Ο Ο Ο
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
planning our trip
autumn in Mexico
day of the dead
dancing with souls
Ο Ο Ο
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*
can we hear
*Collab: Diane Funston, kris moon kondo
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.
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:
- Send a short bio, with comments on your theme.
- Send photos or artwork by you, or friends.
- Put your poems directly in the email.
- No attachments except photos.
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