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by Frank Dullaghan
Ibn Battua Mall, 2015
My hand is taken
by a small warm hand –
a girl, maybe four years old, gold skin,
hair a scatter of black. She tugs
or maybe it’s that I hold back enough
for her to know her mistake.
She takes her hand away,
regards me like a question –
her brown eyes serious.
She scans the crowd, runs to a man
some steps away, his mind gone
ahead of his body.
She takes his hanging hand
and anchors him. He looks at her
then lets his mind go free again.
She glances back, solemn,
centered, minding him.
And now she smiles: brightness.
I hold the moment close,
a state of grace.
Second Place Winner, Frank Dullaghan © 2017
Frank Dullaghan is an Irish poet living in Dubai and has 3 collections published in the UK by Cinnamon Press. His most recent collection is 'The Same Roads Back,’ 2014. In 2016, he had a pamphlet, 'Secrets of the Body', published by Eyewear Publishing.
2nd Place: Hands by Frank Dullaghan
3rd Place: A Kindness Bestowed by Lynne Burnett
Hospital Sounds by Joyce Schmid
Heroics by Maryanne Hannan
Don’t be sad, Chrysostom by Dmitry Blizniuk
(translated from Russian by Sergey Gerasimov)
Indian Blanket Toss by Marilyn Sequoia * Grace by Karen Haskell
Kisses Not Snow by Judith Ellen Sanders
Grocery Boy by Lynne Burnett - Missing You by Eva Schlesinger
Tenderly by Christina Sng - Kindness by Design by Brandon Marlon * Forgiveness by Eileen Mattmann
bird banding by Bill Sullivan * Invitation to a Kindness Conspiracy by Wilda Morris
Journey by J V Birch * Daydreaming by Soo Young Yun
Her Telephone Call by Carl "Papa" Palmer * Comfort Dog by Deidra Lyngard
The Nurse on the Bus by Wilda Morris * Kindness: A Haiku Cycle by SuzAnne Cole
Flash-Flood by Martin Willits, Jr.
A Random Act, A Most Welcome Gift - Nina Sudhakar * A World I Would Love - Ashley Phimphanh
Be Kind to One Another - Patricia McAlpine * Chua Bo An - Ron Yazinski * Claws and Wings - Clint King
Dancer - Mary Wehner* Dealing With The World - Lawrence J. Krips * Emily's Message - Laurie Kolp
Grateful - Mark Danowsky * Harriet - James Penha * If Kindness were a Shoe - Nancy Jasper
If Life is a Country Road - Austin Davis * Jerome Gagnon - Meeting in the Field
Julia Meylor Simpson - A blessed long life in a small town * Kindness - David Miller
Kindness (Do Not Devalue) - Lilly White * Kindness, did you say? - Juliana Anderson
Lenore at Last - Julie Wenglinski * more light than dark - Linda M. Crate *Number 2 Bus - David Olsen
Other - Wayne-Daniel Berard * Pillows - Mary K. O'Melveny * Raw Absolutes - Matthew James Friday
Running Log Entry - Dennis Trujillo * Second String Roses - Barbara Boothe Loyd
Self-Acceptance - m.nicole. r.wildhood * Somewhere on Earth - Wasan Qasim
The Everyday Stuff - Sam Barbee * The Farmer’s Steady Hands - Peg Quinn
The Jehovah’s Lady - Janis Haag * The Karma of Kindness - Helen Burke * To Spice: - Mary Wlodarski
The Kindness of Strangers - Bill Carpenter * The Nice Man - Mary S. Taylor * Tuyo - Kate O’Kula
Universal Order, Alicia Cole * Visits with Florence - Carol DeCanio
Why he’d keep the fish alive - Armin Tolentino
Charcoal smudges define
the horizon as Lake Erie fades
into the sky. November has passed,
left nothing but scattered mounds
of dirty snow and its signature
bite in the wind. The year's last birds
skitter over sand, prepare
for flight. The parking lot is empty.
Robert Beveridge 2017
His recent/upcoming appearances in Wildflower Muse, Noble/Gas Qtrly, and The Ibis Head Review, among others.
Cover: Muses Syroco wall hanging
I want my poems
soft and ragged
in simple print
for you to read
when I am gone.
Claude Clayton Smith © 2017
Slipping gently though time’s crevice
Like thousands of tiny pearls
Broken free from a neck string
Bouncing off in vain
Some never to be seen
Some never to be found.
I know we've arrived home
by the pine scent, and you
almost smile as we climb
from the car, say
“it smells so good
here.” I agree, notice
how thin your face looks now,
and how your jeans used to be
much fuller. We've had
a severe year, without pause
in the trenches, and I can feel
the strain in your teeth and shoulders:
those shoulders your parents
taught to hide from confrontation.
You need three days
to relax, after countless doses
of forest medicine, administered
one dropper at a time.
- Leah Mueller © 2017
Independent writer from Tacoma, WA, Leah was a featured poet at the 2015 New York Poetry Festival.
just outside the periphery of your ambiguity,
and left sensations of flesh,
bone and breathing unrealized,
and thus mere flickers of a candle flame.
Could've distanced myself
from this inextinguishable fire;
would've escaped the irreversible fall...
But the tightrope I was walking
had been teetering to begin with --
noun sloughing off its adjective.
Poems featured in CAST have previously appeared in personal blogs.
THE FULLNESS OF SUMMER
The joy of inner peace—
like fathoming ocean.
We are years of light
from the soul of the sun.
The joy of inner peace—
Through Heaven’s Evening,
Journeying On Years Of Future Ideas,
Night Narrows Every Road,
Pauses Every Aching Current’s Electricity.
to a bulletin board. From the Wordles, I found origami poems." Doug Norris
The liquid’s modest shade of brown
Intensifies any rich mahogany
Flesh that handles it.
The amber-colored tea streaming into
My mug gives glory to the deep copper-
Hued hand pouring it. Set against the
Subtle brown tinge of the tea,
The waiter’s hand and forearm look
Like sublime pottery,
His rich brown hue—earthen, pure—
Outdoing the light stream of chai he pours
Into my cup.
Ethar Hamid © 2016
had been a Texan
he might have picked
this live oak, older
than the Republic,
have sat right under
the missing limb,
others reaching out
What he might have
known as nirvana
through chigger bite
itching is a koan
ripe for meditation.
Chip Dameron © 2016
Ana Prudaru, ayaz daryl Nielsen, Bill Sullivan, Bob Carlton, Bradley McIlwain, Chip Dameron,
Christina Sng, Daniel Blokh, Donald C. Welch III, Ethar Hamid, Garrett Phelan, Helen Burke,
I would like to make sure that it is okay for us to use the PDF printables and hold a "pay it forward" in the library. So, our teens would fold the PDF's that we print off and pass them out to customers or leave them in the 800's poetry stacks for customers to take at will. Thank you for the fabulous site and inspiration!
Sincerely, Christy M., Information Services Specialist
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whitehall, OH
Received ten copies, all in a first class letter, and I am beyond delighted - will share my copies, including one to a Colorado poet/good friend with end-stage cancer (knowing he’ll love it). Well done, Jan Keough and The Editors, well done, indeed. Check 'em out, your poems could help change the world one micro-chapbook at a time!
Wendles' Cafe & Deli, Franconia NH (seasonal) Display provided by Mary Ann Mayer
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