Footloose Days

by Anthony Ramirez

Poem


Keep a Grip

by James Janssen

Prose


Broken Life, the Restoration

by Scott Sjostrand

Prose


Mother Russia

by Scott Sjostrand

Poem


Dark Horse

by William Snead

Poem


Expiration

by Lynn Norton

Poem


Autumn Nights

By Tanya Whitney, Army

Writing Type: Poem

By Tanya R. Whitney

VA Medical Center--New Orleans, LA

 

The crisp smell of autumn is in the air.

Gathering wood from the dying forest,

to be arranged into a blazing pyre.

The season of fall, transforming nature.

 

Flames shimmy and grow brighter as they flare

to life with cheery illumination.

The dry wood crackles as smoky plumes rise

in swirling mists of a bluish grey haze.

 

A towering blaze shoots high in the sky,

flickering red and orange in the dark,

hypnotizing those huddled around its

swelling of gyrating intensity.

 

Fanning the fire, stoking the glowing coals

that rise like a hellish inferno.

Sparks hover above like fireflies soaring

and gliding in the chilly autumn night.

 

Streaks of fiery light and color explode

with the popping sounds of Roman candles.

They shoot skyward, lighting the darkened sky,

then spiral down as smoldering cinders.

 

The autumn aroma of burning wood

chases away the chill of the cool night.

The brilliant light dims like the season fades,

vibrant at the start, death coming at the close.

Crisis of Middle Age

by Norman Jones

Poem


Board Games

by Penny Deere

Prose


You Were Our “Doc”

by Michael Kuklenski

Poem


The Doc’s Doc

by Richard Wangard

Prose


Broken Life, the Restoration

by Scott Sjostrand

Prose


The Best of Intentions

by Tony Craidon

Prose