Cold Moon Journal

Cold Moon Journal
Photo c. Alf B. Meier

Saturday, December 31, 2022

By A.J. Anwar

lowland complex

the main road

becomes a river

A.J. Anwar

By Jennifer Gurney

How can there be so

Many unanswered questions

In one human heart?

Jennifer Gurney

By Elena Malec

late fall orchard

fluffing up feathers

sparrows sustain the sky

Elena Malec

By Stephen Williams

sandy beach

being washed away

jealous storms

Stephen Williams

By Mirela Brăilean

at the spring

in my cupped palms

his thirsty lips

Mirela Brăilean

Thursday, December 29, 2022

By Katja Fox

secrets of the moor 

buried forever

the peat cutter’s sighs

Katja Fox

By Ellen Kom

a swirl of clouds

the shape of my day

in tears

Ellen Kom

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

By Vladislav Hristov


his wrinkles

on her face

Vladislav Hristov

By Angiola Inglese

first cold

let's go to breathe

the last rose

Angiola Inglese

By Adrian Bouter


not one raindrop

out of place

Adrian Bouter

By Rob McKinnon

breezy evening…

wind chimes fail to find

a pleasant tune

Rob McKinnon

By C.F. Tash

what the mind 

asks of the heart 

plum blossoms

C.F. Tash

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

By Maria Tosti

sunchoke flowers —

the sun i was looking for

behind gray clouds

Maria Tosti

By Priti Khullar

morning newspaper

the only thing dad

looks forward to, now

Priti Khullar

Sunday, December 25, 2022

By Nani Mariani

gripping cold

towards the end of the year

world peace

Nani Mariani

Saturday, December 24, 2022

By Madeleine Vinluan

remember to kiss the moon on Christmas

Madeleine Vinluan

By Keith Evetts

                                                                                                                                                Keith Evetts

Thursday, December 22, 2022

By C.X.Turner

hollow tree—

I try to figure out the depth

of solitude


Wednesday, December 21, 2022

By Christina Chin and Uchechukwu Onyedikam


the noon rain


across the sky

we hang our laundry

Christina Chin and Uchechukwu Onyedikam

By RJ Humbl

On washing lines

The spotted starlings form

Musical notes

RJ Humbl

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

By M. R. Pelletier

Rotting log—

   forest returns

   to forest

M. R. Pelletier

By Ron Scully

cranberry sauce


take sides of the table

Ron Scully




what we talk about

driving home

Ron Scully

By Ram Chandran

passing village school

the child in me

slips through train window

Ram Chandran

By Caroline Ridley-Duff

Sunlight through stained glass,

new patterns on

an ancient stone floor.

Caroline Ridley-Duff

By Robert Witmer


with a thousand eyes

raindrops on the lake

Robert Witmer




no one to answer

the ringing in the trees

Robert Witmer

Monday, December 19, 2022

By Maria Malferrari

Speaking every day with silence

Maria Malferrari

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Friday, December 16, 2022

By Joseph P. Wechselberger


the clink of a coin

as it drops in the jukebox

Joseph P. Wechselberger

By Chris Langer

nightly stroll

my shadow

a black cat

Chris Langer



sunny afternoon

painting the wall

with shadow puppets

Chris Langer



book fair

children wait in line

for new adventures

Chris Langer

By Ruth Holzer


from a dream of love

I'm grateful

for imagination

in place of memory

Ruth Holzer

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

By Maria Teresa Sisti

beaver moon

the hospice so cold

without noise

Maria Teresa Sisti

By Peter Jastermsky

forest jazz a polyrhythm of woodpeckers

Peter Jastermsky

By Chris Peys

alley cat

today my friend

meow, meow

Chris Peys



rainy day

(un)folded paper

still not a crane

Chris Peys

By Refika Dedić


scratches on the window


Refika Dedić

By Pat Geyer


from dusk

til dawn...

forecast of biting cold

under the light

of the full beaver moon 


Pat Geyer

By John Pappas

owl light

what I would

do differently

John Pappas

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022

By Chen-ou Liu

at twilight

my father in the window

of his care home room

he lives the present only

leaning on his wartime past

Chen-ou Liu

Saturday, December 10, 2022

By Mircea Moldovan


the yellow taste

of pumpkin soup

Mircea Moldovan

Thursday, December 8, 2022

By Mirela Brăilean

the old house

inhabited again


Mirela Brăilean

By David Josephsohn

rippling the pond,

a frog lands

on its reflection

David Josephsohn

By Govind Joshi

falling water

the rock garden


Govind Joshi

By Tuyet Van Do

by the roadside

checking their mailbox

a black bear

Tuyet Van Do

By John J. Dunphy

plenty of kisses

beneath the mistletoe

at our animal shelter

John J. Dunphy

By Katherine E Winnick

winter butterfly

the moon watches

over your flock

Katherine E Winnick

By Helen Ogden

my pockets filled

with broken sand dollars

daylight savings

Helen Ogden

By Louise Hopewell

crimson leaves

losing myself in the swirl

of his guitar

Louise Hopewell




winter sun

catching shadows

in her butterfly net

Louise Hopewell

By Mike Gallagher


on power lines


Mike Gallagher




winding river

a sluggish snake slithers

along the bank

Mike Gallagher

By Wanda Amos

fuel prices


cold moon winter

Wanda Amos

By Kerry J Heckman

as above,

so below


Kerry J Heckman


winter solstice approaching a bend in the river

Kerry J Heckman

By Mona Iordan

hidden moon

the spreading

wings of a bat

Mona Iordan

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

By Sreenath

time and again


ticking like a time bomb


Monday, December 5, 2022

By Eavonka Ettinger


mistress of the night

unfurls in white

Eavonka Ettinger



in their eyes

shooting stars

Eavonka Ettinger


a sharp caw

crow remind me

who is boss

Eavonka Ettinger

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Our Touchstone Award Nominations

The second set of Cold Moon Journal nominations for the 2022 Touchstone Awards have been submitted to The Haiku Foundation (for poems published July to December 2022).

Congratulations to these 12 talented poets:

Amrutha Prabhu

Andrew Markowski


Eavonka Ettinger

John J. Dunphy

Keith Evetts (2)

Mike Gallagher

Orrin PréJean

Saumya Bansal

Susan Burch

Tony Williams

Tuyet Van Do


Good luck to all!

Saturday, December 3, 2022

By Mark Gilbert


unlike yesterday

the right kind of snow

Mark Gilbert

By Jonathan English

night snow

Handel's Messiah cradles darkness

in light

Jonathan English

By Dan Iulian

snowy morn —

so cold between us

the silence

Dan Iulian

By Alvin B. Cruz

falling snow

a void impossible

to fill

Alvin B. Cruz



folded blanket

a sky

full of dreams

Alvin B. Cruz


mother's quilt

i follow the thread

of her story

Alvin B. Cruz

By Andrew Markowski

abandoned mall a mannequin wears layers of dust

Andrew Markowski


a child scribbles

on the wall

drawing attention

Andrew Markowski



quiet coffee shop— the barista drops a dollar into the tip jar

Andrew Markowski

Thursday, December 1, 2022

By Susan Burch

too many nights

dad visited my bed

and told me not to tell —

too many mornings

before I realized

mom already knew

Susan Burch