Cold Moon Journal

Cold Moon Journal
Photo c. Alf B. Meier

Thursday, June 30, 2022

2022 Dwarf Stars Award Nominees

Congratulations to these talented poets nominated for the 2022 Dwarf Stars Award:

Julie Schwerin

Pippa Phillips

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams

Their poems from Cold Moon Journal will be published in the upcoming anthology.

Good luck to the 120 poets who will appear in this anthology, topping out the 1371 poems considered. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) will announce the winner after August.

By Lucia Cardillo

old window ...

the silent embroidery

of a spider

Lucia Cardillo

By Elena Malec

solo guitar

living on a shoestring


Elena Malec

By Marilyn Ashbaugh

resting in the frog's throat summer rain

Marilyn Ashbaugh

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

By Stephen Jarrell Williams

under the sea

yesterdays of time

soaking in the wash

Stephen Jarrell Williams

By Herb Tate

silent workshop

grandfather still

at the lathe

Herb Tate

By Anda Marcu

clear summer night

beneath the floral canopy

a toy left behind

Anda Marcu

By Alvin B. Cruz

snow angels

our wings

almost touch

Alvin B. Cruz

By Susan Burch

blending in

with the curtains

at the party

always the wallflower

never the life

Susan Burch

By C.X.Turner

however low

the sun persists…

rising daily


Saturday, June 25, 2022

By Susan Bonk Plumridge


rolling down windows—

still the sparrows 


Susan Bonk Plumridge

By Refika Dedić

the sky over Ukraine

in the basement silence

rain of bullets

Refika Dedić

Friday, June 24, 2022

By Karen A VandenBos

Cup of jazz flavored

With a shot of muddy blues

Setting lips on fire.

Karen A VandenBos

By Tiffany Liz Mackay

sleepy seaside—

a seagull

announces its presence

Tiffany Liz Mackay

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

By Nancy Brown

rain lilies

in a nearby field

brief constellations

Nancy Brown

By Tffany Shaw-Diaz

to be

a woman

to be

the sea


Tffany Shaw-Diaz

By Jim Niffen


becomes nothing   but

your picture

Jim Niffen

By Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo

the air feels

less heavy

smog disappearing

since the day

you walked out of my life

Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo

Monday, June 20, 2022

By Zdenka Mlinar


of St. John's torches

summer solstice


on my palm

‪‪‪Zdenka Mlinar

By Tiffany Shaw-Diaz

within my grasp the echo of Saturn

Tiffany Shaw-Diaz

By Jerome Berglund

pink undershirt –

laundered by a lady

who likes lipstick

Jerome Berglund

By Lafcadio

deserted island

tell my family I'm lost

and cannot be found


By Shae Krispinsky

Shuddering, brilliant

in a skin of azure light:

No god can stop me.

Shae Krispinsky

Saturday, June 18, 2022

By Daniel Birnbaum

haze on the mountain


nothing is made easier

Daniel Birnbaum

By Paula Sears


in clouds

great blue heron

Paula Sears

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

By Sébastien Revon

rhubarb crumble

the reason of our argument


Sébastien Revon

By Daipayan Nair


fireflies buzz around

the power box


Daipayan Nair

By Nicoletta Ignatti

deserted classroom—

a butterfly flies undisturbed

Nicoletta Ignatti

By Barrie Levine

travel photos

no one there knows

who we are

Barrie Levine

By David Kāwika Eyre

spring dusk

still hearing

the quiet of

the old folk

David Kāwika Eyre

By petro c. k.

an army of leaf blowers

moves in on a peaceful morning

petro c. k.

By Tuyet Van Do

on the footpath

shelters for the homeless

cardboard boxes

Tuyet Van Do

By David He

the nurse

lifts her mask

for some fresh air…

a sickle moon creeps

into the tent crack


David He

Monday, June 13, 2022

By Jim Niffen


your smoke

fills the moon

Jim Niffen

By Kamil Plich

on the bus

the hair on our legs


Kamil Plich

By David He


I remember

the Buddha

David He

By Erica Dionora

A foaming tide

washes over the wet sand

filling in foot craters

Erica Dionora

By John J. Dunphy

dad's hummingbird feeder

now outside

his hospice window

John J. Dunphy

Sunday, June 12, 2022

By Chen-ou Liu

distant sirens ...

blood stained carved hearts

in a school desk

Chen-ou Liu

Friday, June 10, 2022

By Satyanarayana Chittaluri


to think


Satyanarayana Chittaluri

By Douglas J. Lanzo

sea-blown winds

hints of bagpipe

through pleated rock

Douglas J. Lanzo

By Choupie Moysan

mother's day

she smiles

from the frame

Choupie Moysan

By Nika

waning moon

we discuss the need

to budget



By Algo

White butterflies sing

Temporary arias

To their broken wings.


By Joshua St. Claire


the fanfare and fade

of fireflies

Joshua St. Claire

Thursday, June 9, 2022

By Deborah A. Bennett


somewhere a war

first lemons

Deborah A. Bennett

By John Pappas

waving wild switchgrass how little we know

John Pappas

By Ruth Holzer

our footsteps

clattering on the stone bridge


in unwelcome dawn

we go our separate ways

Ruth Holzer

By Helen Ogden

second amendment

bearing the weight

of hindsight

Helen Ogden

By Maria Cristina Pulvirenti

Break in Kiev

A soldier paints birds in flight

June cadre

Maria Cristina Pulvirenti

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

By Joseph P. Wechselberger

chalk drawings

the mailman jumps over

her rainbow

Joseph P. Wechselberger

By Chen-ou Liu

Pride Parade

the way he looks at me

with kerosene-blue eyes

Chen-ou Liu

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

By Maya Daneva

moon path

just enough to fit

the sharp-nosed boat

Maya Daneva

By Joanna Ashwell


finding time

inside silence

Joanna Ashwell

By Pippa Phillips

ginko walk

the imperfect medicine

of time

Pippa Phillips

By Arvinder Kaur

a lullaby

in the fragrant breeze


Arvinder Kaur

By Katherine E Winnick

featherlight jewel

at the nape of her neck

containing arsenic

Katherine E Winnick

By Mona Bedi

quagmire walk

the situations i try

to avoid

Mona Bedi

By Mircea Moldovan

the easy step

of a courier

morning glory

Mircea Moldovan

By Ray Spitzenberger






Ray Spitzenberger

Monday, June 6, 2022

By John Pappas

even in the driving rain her red lipstick

John Pappas

By Keith Evetts

agreeing with each other shrunken heads

Keith Evetts

Sunday, June 5, 2022

By Chen-ou Liu

100 days

she's been gone with no trace

the bar of soap

still shaped by her hand

that once caressed me

Chen-ou Liu

Saturday, June 4, 2022

By Samo Kreutz

silent movie ...

another conversation

with teenage daughter

Samo Kreutz

Friday, June 3, 2022

By Elena Malec


choosing between king

and joker

Elena Malec