From a stranger’s garage, one by one,
I carried each puppy from his known world,
around the front of the house; clipped
a leash to his collar; explained
in a new language, “this is your chance.”
Then “heel” which means, dance with me.
I rolled a thrift-store baby’s ball
away: “get it!” “bring it!”
Four pups looked at their chance
and yawned. The fifth
brightened, danced the porch-boards
with me; delivered the ball to my hand
as if it were magic and I knew
the spell. I took him home. The ball
disappeared. The magic danced
into his eyes.
Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in the Sierra Nevada. Her poems are included in the anthologies California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa Clara University) and Villanelles (Everyman's Library). Her latest book is Uplift (Cold River Press, 2016).
Hedonism on the rocks
it’s Saigon, it’s jet lag,
and I’m not a big Valium fan,
or of counting sheep
(or of reading Conrad),
and I don’t feel like loving myself
with just my hand
in the middle of the Apocalypse,
so I go down to buy at a lolitas store,
to the five and dime on the corner,
and something blue,
so I chose Wo,
without any more name or love
or background or last name,
for, minutes later,
stars under the Sheraton’s rain
spongy strong soft):
previous lack of pumping
and, after navigating the Leviathan together,
Sitting Bull I have finally died:
I go to the room
for my wallet,
I pay her
and I pour myself some verses of Johnie Walker
over the cubic solidity of the water:
God is all around.
Tomás Sánchez Hidalgo holds a BBA (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), a MBA (IE Business School), a Master in Creative Writing (Hotel Kafka) and a Certificate in Management and the Arts (New York University). His works have been published in magazines like, among others, Otoliths, By&By, Poems-For-All, Clementine, The Unrorean, Alien Mouth, Haggard&Halloo, Trascendent Zero, Crack the Spine, The Bitchin´ Kitsch, Rat´s Ass, The Commonline Journal, Epigraph, Botsotso, and streetcake Magazine, and he has been the winner of prizes like Criaturas feroces (Editorial Destino) in short story and a finalist at Festival Eñe in novel. He has developed his career in finance and stock-market.
To Open the Sky
Three birds breached
that barrier between the seasons....
tore through the grey fabric
of a fitful March sky,
made swift passage to still familiar trees
and home again at last to me.
Fickle travelers I grieved for,
their music so missed in silent winter,
flip of saucy feathers in barely budding bush.
And on this day they bring me spring,
far too early, though I trust
that unlike me they understand the light.
Katherine L. Gordon is a rural Ontario poet,
publisher, author, judge and reviewer. She is an
award winning writer whose works have been
published internationally, translated into several languages.
Her books may be found at Craigleigh Press, Passion among
the cacti Press, Hidden Brook Press, Serengeti Press, Melinda
Cochrane International, Cyclamens and Swords Press, as well
as many anthologies, books and chapbooks with fine
contemporaries whose works inspire her.