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Summer 2009, vol 7 no 2

Edited by Alan Pizzarelli


He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not Poster



on the riverfront
a stranger
takes my smile

Anita Virgil


After I walk him
to his car   he walks me
to mine.

Alexis Rotella


I swore I wouldn't ~
yet here I am again
calling him

Jodie Hawthorne


after the date
letting my belt out
a notch

Mykel Board


unpredicted snowfall
his new haircut
growing on me

Tanya McDonald


she stops
on the secluded path
to look at her engagement ring

Cor van den Heuvel


At our wedding
his mother’s
iced kiss.

Alexis Rotella


After the nuptials,
his debts 
become hers

Cheryl Daytec-Yangot


moving day —
she packs his viagra in the box
marked "FRAGILE"

Carol Raisfeld


On honeymoon night
he stands  before the mirror
and tries on her gown

Cheryl Daytec-Yangot


digging in front
of the love hotel
a pink bulldozer

Mykel Board


just as he hoped
her bra
black and transparent

Claudia Coutu Radmore


the band marks from her stockings
fade from her thighs

Al Pizzarelli


wild night
   combing out the
    in my hair

Donna Beaver


unfiltered sake —
he tries to remember
her name

Tanya McDonald



Valentine’s Day
I wake up on her
side of the bed

Christopher Herold


can't remember if
it was worth it

Mykel Board


coffee lounge . . .
we act out each other's
bored look



after three years of marriage
they bought a new bed
after thirty, separate bedrooms

Bob Brill


porno movie
acting like
she enjoys it

stephen a. peters


a bumper sticker
      I heart my wife
          the red faded

Paul O. Williams


He kisses her,
sighs, whispers
a name not hers

Cheryl Daytec-Yangot


another argument unfolds the futon

W.F. Owen


morning chill —
sandals crushing shells
they talk of divorce

Carol Raisfeld


“only temporary” —
about our separation
we agree to lie

Michael McClintock


last days together
she sings softly
in the bathroom

Dee Evetts

the doll house
under construction—
the marriage finished

Carol Raisfeld


“men are scum”
she says
divorcing a 3rd time

A Thiagarajan


she has so much in common
with her new friend,
her husband's ex

Bob Brill

remembering once
she spent the night
crying in my arms

Ed Higgins


really alone:
an itch on my back
I can't reach

Anita Virgil


Sipping wine:
I remember your face
the way it used to be

Alexis Rotella


outlasted husbands lovers
these beloved
Xmas ornaments  

Anita Virgil



“on the riverfront” from ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, ETC, Peaks Press, copyright © 1991 by Anita Virgil; by permission of the author.

“After I walk him” and “at our wedding” from OUCH: Senryu That Bite, Modern English Tanka Press, copyright 2007 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.

“she stops” from Cicada IV,3, copyright © 1980 by Cor van den Heuvel; by permission of the author.

“just as he hoped” from Woman in White Renku, Haiku Canada Sheet, copyright © 2004 by Claudia Coutu Radmore; by permission of the author.

“a bumper sticker” from Fig Newtons -- Senryu to Go, Press Here, copyright © 1993 by Paul O. Williams.

“another argument” from A New Resonance 2, Red Moon Press, copyright © 2001 by W.F. Owen; by permission of the author.

“only temporary” from the haibun The Importance of Gold Fish, Anthology of Days, Backwoods Broadsides Chaplet Series, No. 70, copyright © 2002 by Michael McClintock; by permission of the author.

last days together” from Frogpond, XXVII, No. 1, copyright © 2004 by Dee Evetts; by permission of the author.

“really alone:“ from summer thunder, Peaks Press, copyright © 2004 by Anita Virgil; by permission of the author.

“digging in front” from Pink Bulldozer, Spring Street Haiku Group, copyright © 1999 by Mykel Board; by permission of the author.

“Sipping wine” from After an Affair, Merging Media, copyright © 1984 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.

Playbill Poster ca. 1903, Before Marriage/After Marriage Photographs ca 1900,  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Graphic Design by Donna Beaver.