Pose

Three red apples

still-life themselves

on a window’s ledge

and I gaze out

not noticing the crack

in the bowl

or the flies lying

bellies up on

the table.

LAWRENCE J. KRUCZYNSKI

Hinsdale

Black Flies

Flies, flies

Everywhere black flies

crawling up your nose

landing in your eyes

buzzing in your ears

biting your neck

leaving sores that hurt like heck

So, get out the nets & hats

put your repellent on

take heart, they’ll be gone soon

SHARON JONES

Keene

Soothing Sedative

When mood requires relief-

Music can satisfy the soul!

Evoking a cherished memory-

Gratification, the ultimate goal!

Favorite artist or composer-

Whatever suits the desired role!

Blessings stream from church-

Organ and choirs console!

The best medicine to fill the need-

Enabling the spirit to feel whole!

ESTHER M. CANTUA

Keene