Nocturne

my face
     veiled
  by your hair

a peculiar modesty

we become
       gentle

we become
     a single flame

we glow
   in our center

© 2013, Maude Larke

Also look for Maude Larke’s work in Cyclamens and Swords, Sketchbook and Doorknobs and BodyPaint.

Insanity

In retrospect, you may be able
to visualize

that dirt road lined with a procession
of black walnut and hickory trees,
that vast rose hedge.

© 2012, Cheri Byard

Cheri Byard is a painter, writer and poet whose poems and essays have appeared in Awareness Magazine, Words-Myth Literary Journal, and the anthology Mentor’s Bouquet.