Declaration of Defendence

By Conney D. Williams

I save my tears for weddings and presidential elections
while America the beneficent thrusts anthems up our spleens
the pasty ballot of deprecation without representation
please GOD, bless Ol’ Glory with sufficient stars and stripes
to vandalize my person until even bowels lose their allegiance

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Driving Distraction

By Sharon Thompson

This is the third time today
I’ve shamelessly made a wrong turn
past the same construction site.

once again at the traffic light,
one shoulder
rounds forward, nearly to dashboard,
single finger on radio button.
Shoulder again; shrug.
Nothing important here,
nothing more than a wrong turn.
Casual serendipity. Lashes flutter.

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for my mother

By Penny Perry

Inside the Rialto movie theater
the little usher, in her maroon uniform
lights the aisle for a man carrying popcorn
and dripping water from the brim of his hat.
After the feature in English, Black Friday,
a German newsreel.

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