My Trip to Catalina

by Jonathan Craig

Prose


Combat Nursing

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Prose


A 1984 Exception

by Katherine Iwatiw

Prose


Empty

by Michelle Pond

Photograph


Medication Blues

by Lynn Norton

Poem


An Affinity With Acronyms (OTUS and OTY)

by CJ Reeves

Poem


Veteran’s Day

By James Breitweser, Army

Writing Type: Poem

By James Allen Breitweser

VA Medical Center-Honolulu, HI

Stick walking the beach,

pedometer click-clacks
the metrics of the trek.
Lost your skis, sir? The
passing jester quips.
 
Glistening lines overhead
entice elusive ocean prey,
while shrieking tots turn
away as they embrace
the saline smash.
 
Poling down the sand,
through the ivory froth,
where stealthy threads
of orb's blue-stained fire
streak the lonely sole.
 
Retrace lopsided track as
dog gaggles frolic after ball
and disc. Inquisitive brindle
menaces sinister alien limb,
retreats to master’s plea.
 
Weary now head home under
sprawling Kalama Ha’u to rest.
Wrapped in musty poncho liners
on trash bags full of regret, an
old soldier’s fateful sleep.

Notes: This poem was inspired by observing the happy, pampered lives of dogs on Kailua beach compared to the dismal lives of homeless veterans living on Honolulu's Fort Street Mall.

They Were Warriors First

by Matthew Davison

Prose


This Road I Am On

by David Marchant

Poem


That Look

by David Marchant

Poem


The Turret Guard

by Jack Tompkins

Sketch


Retail Blues

by Lynn Norton

Poem


Medication Blues

by Lynn Norton

Poem