dark chocolate
minimum 70 per cent
leaving kids to their parent
heart rending, tearing
therapeutic ending
a good good-bye
dark burgundy
staining the rim
silver glistening
tears streaming



me today

the edges are torn
warp and weft stretched
worn and tattered

Come one, Come all

Outlook Springs is offering women an opportunity to cut the submissions line and submit directly to an editor, Emily. She describes her reasons in the website linked above: a deluge of male submissions and wanting women to be heard and valued. You still need to follow guidelines.

The call is for poems, fiction and non-fiction. When you get to the website, towards the bottom of the post you can click on the hyperlink “Submissions Guidelines”. They state they enjoy, and seek,  submissions  with “the strange”, “humor”, and “heartbreak”.

So that is what we are doing: Between January 4th and January 20th, women writers can submit their work to Outlook Springs and get it directly to an editor’s inbox. Email your fiction, non-fiction, or poetry submissions directly to me at between January 4th and 20th to qualify.


The usual tick
And toc
Markers and crayolas
Paper and tears
What a blessing
It’s so needed
I don’t know
I don’t care
Leaded and broken
Worn out beauty
Passing cares

play on words


brashly striding into the foresight,

notes lilt on the breeze

lean onto staffs for strength

as times gone by are obscured

by forward-stretching glow of a lantern.

phases are unnaturally discerned,

playfully stepping to plumb emotions;

scaling back into the claret

for a rest ‘fore pitching sharply.

little anchors the vision

of the weary wandering into fugue.