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the agony of the everyday by p.a. morbid

that you can’t go back ever and this will torture you throughout your life

that the past is gone even as it remains a tantalizing ghost that can only be made solid by an act  of imagination you find hard to summon and it  will never be solid 

that the here and now is a lie the present moment is a fleeting thing and to say the now  is an effort of will and the now you spoke of  is already  in the past

that your body  is heavy with memory and memories change

Late Summer by Lynne Cattafi

On late summer nights I sit near the open window so I can hear the tree frogs. They know autumn is coming, understand they might hold on a bit longer  if they are a little more stubborn, a little tougher. Lately they sound like guiros played by old men: careful, slow, soft. Summer is  unexpected moments like these: warm tomatoes on the vine,  orange and pink wildflowers on the side  of the highway, exultant amidst the smog,  a child learning how to ride a bicycle,  another braving the deep end of the pool  for the first time. This is what life becomes.  Once it was faraway places stamped on a passport,  or a new boy, or too much wine on a work night.  Now when the tree frogs sing it sounds like they say winter, winter, winter.
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Lynne Cattafi teaches English at a private school in New Jersey. When she's not teaching her students to love writing poetry and reading books, she enjoys drinking coffee, building Lego cities from scratch with her children, walking her beagle, and reading historical fictio…

Where the Gods Went by Miki Byrne

The ocean stole the Gods. Drew them down from hallowed heights. Enticed them into soft waves then closed over in furious surges. Now they sit on the bottom. Plait their seaweed hair. Flex webbed toes and keep pet octopi in order. Sometimes they think of home. Power wielded, destruction caused but they do not move. Are content under ebb and flow. Poseidon brings them anything they need. ---
Miki has had two poetry collections and a pamphlet published, plus over 500 poems included in poetry magazines/anthologies. She was a finalist for Gloucestershire’s Poet Laureate and a nominee for the Pushcart Prize. Miki has read on TV and on Radio many times. She also ran a poetry writing group at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury. She has read at many festivals and venues. Miki is disabled and now lives near Tewkesbury. Gloucestershire.UK.

Grief Bucket by Claire Walker

After the administration was complete – the registering, the funeral bill - they handed me a small metal container.
This, they told me, in their clinical-yet-tender way, was a Grief Bucket, Standard Issue. They said I might find it useful from now on, and please could I sign to confirm I understood.
At home, I placed the bucket in the middle of the living room floor, carefully removed its cellophane wrap and stared at it for days.
Sometime later, I found myself on the sofa, head between my knees, and the bucket proved useful for catching drops; catching the sad plop of grief as it lived up to its name.
Friends showed mixed reactions. Some had no time for buckets, were too concerned with their unfair jobs and sore feet to acknowledge this recently acquired possession. Even in its shiny newness. Even in its glare-in-the-winter-sun-ness.
Some were more attentive. One reached into a kitchen cupboard, brought her bucket - careworn and rusting - down and set it next to mine. Sh…