Crisis of Middle Age

by Norman Jones

Poem


Cross on Calvary

by Lawrence Rahn

Painting


Evidence Seen and Unseen

by Deborah Cole

Poem


Board Games

by Penny Deere

Prose


The Power of Color

by James Camera

Prose


Squirrel

by Lynn Norton

Poem


Expiration

By Lynn Norton, Air Force

Writing Type: Poem

By Lynn A. Norton

--Leawood, KS


My resolution for the new year: purge

pantry of expired products. Discard

five-year-old beans, ten-year-old condiments,

desiccated Halloween candy.

 

Some expiration predictions exceed

my life expectancy. Made me wonder,

where’s my expiration date, list of ingredients,

useful instructions? I’ve looked everywhere.   

 

No dates, QR or bar codes, prompts

for handling, storage, disposal. No warnings

to reject if seal is broken. Sell by Friday,

consume or freeze by Monday.

 

Science claims all encoded in DNA.

Too cryptic for easy viewing. Better to

stroll through family cemeteries, read

stone labels, take notes, calculate averages. 

 

The coroner will record my expiration date,

decode instructions written on remains. Fully

cooked, handle with care, contains peanuts,

refrigerate after opening, recycle.

Board Games

by Penny Deere

Prose


Who Am I?

by Deborah Cole

Array


Footloose Days

by Anthony Ramirez

Poem


Morning Mist

by William Anderes

Poem


Death's Door Knocking

by Lawrence Rahn

Poem


Passage of Solitude

by James Camera

Array