Cold Moon Journal

Cold Moon Journal
Photo c. Alf B. Meier

Monday, July 31, 2023

By Yasir Farooq

a flower bud

takes time to open

the sweet word

Yasir Farooq

By Stephen Jarrell Williams

summer rain tapping

on the patio roof

nap time

Stephen Jarrell Williams

Saturday, July 29, 2023

By Joshua St. Claire

Oak Island

a wave makes the moon

part of itself

Joshua St. Claire

By Anthony Lusardi

mountain hike

she clings to me

covered in burr seeds

Anthony Lusardi

By Xiaoou Chen

vertical ladder

his fear increases

step by step


Friday, July 28, 2023

By Hassane Zemmouri

end of fasting

a sweet date melting

in the dry mouth

the muezzin's call

calms the soul

Hassane Zemmouri

By Deborah Karl-Brandt

winding paths

the mindfulness

of a grove snail

Deborah Karl-Brandt

By Sreenath

desolate beach

amidst the wind and surf

the silence


By Emily Jo Scalzo

forest molecules

secreted by ancient pines

limit climate change

Emily Jo Scalzo

By M. R. Pelletier


   overdue library books

   float in my backpack

M. R. Pelletier

By Tuyet Van Do

blurry moon halo

on the compost wall

garden slugs

Tuyet Van Do

By David Ngo

nature's ballet

lined up for my morning ride

tree shadows waltzing

David Ngo

Thursday, July 27, 2023

By Devoshruti Mandal

muslin shawl

mother's palm touches

my cheeks

Devoshruti Mandal

By Daipayan Nair

ma judges

freshness by the colour

vegetable cart

Daipayan Nair

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

By Ingrid Baluchi

washing line

a tiny spider snug

in the spring of a clothespin

Ingrid Baluchi

By Nancy Brady

morning walk...

alyssum lingers

in her hair

Nancy Brady

By Sarah Paris

hedging their bets


and honeysuckle

Sarah Paris

By Richard Bailly

steaming biscuits

fresh from wood-fired oven

grandma's apron

Richard Bailly

By K.G. Munro

shining violets

under the orange sunlight

magnifying glass

K.G. Munro

Monday, July 24, 2023

By Albert Schlaht


from swaying sunflower


Albert Schlaht



sudden rain

waiting it out under the eaves

first date

Albert Schlaht

By Samo Kreutz

double rainbow ...

he browses through

the AA pamphlet

Samo Kreutz



literary evening

that additional haiku –

a marigold scent

Samo Kreutz

By Vandana Parashar

first day of school

every crying child in the bus

sounds like mine

Vandana Parashar


monsoon river unapologetically being herself

Vandana Parashar

By Andrew Markowski

shallow marsh

the deep croak

of a bullfrog

Andrew Markowski



reflecting pool

a heron bathes

in moonlight

Andrew Markowski

By Govind Joshi

mountain village

after the feast we walk home

in torchlight

Govind Joshi



a nest

crescent moon

Govind Joshi

By Keith Evetts

patches of lichen

the belief of the abbot

in these scattered stones

Keith Evetts


only now

I know what it's worth

summer sunset

Keith Evetts

By Joanna Ashwell

summer lists

tacked to the fridge

going nowhere

Joanna Ashwell


pine bloom

finding the space

for solitude

Joanna Ashwell

By Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo

peeling an onion

all these years

without him

Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo




the softness

of summer clouds

Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo

By Timothy Daly

morning coffee . . .

still scooping 

for two

Timothy Daly



wet day

my only visitors

the raindrops

Timothy Daly

By Lorraine A Padden

the version we agree on tumbled stone

Lorraine A Padden



sea floor

how everything falls

into silence

Lorraine A Padden

By Shasta Hatter

your touch

so long ago

moonlight remembers

Shasta Hatter



coffee mugs

each one holds

a memory

Shasta Hatter

Saturday, July 22, 2023

By Haeja K Chung


atop a poplar


Haeja K Chung

Friday, July 21, 2023

By Françoise Maurice

sparkling water

our holiday memories

around the table

Françoise Maurice

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

By Wanda Amos

bustling subway

the daily grind

of ants

Wanda Amos

By Daniel Birnbaum

Google Earth


my bench

Daniel Birnbaum

By Priti Khullar


I return

to me

Priti Khullar

By Helen Ogden

my mood ring

a darker shade of grey

june gloom

Helen Ogden

By Tony Williams

rain shadow…


the bridesmaid

Tony Williams

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

By Alvin B. Cruz

fallen leaves

on his headstone

how long he's been gone

Alvin B. Cruz


second marriage

she's having

second thoughts

Alvin B. Cruz

Saturday, July 15, 2023

By Ellen Kom

summer heat

the gravediggers’ days

buried in ash

Ellen Kom



his last will

a testament of hate...

the family gathers

Ellen Kom

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

By Manoj Sharma

my inner hermit

in a solitude —

a leafless orchard

Manoj Sharma

By Mariangela Canzi

the day bleeds into nightfall war

Mariangela Canzi




wild flowers —

I share solitude

with the mountains

Mariangela Canzi

By Maurizio Brancaleoni

June begins

the plant furrows

brimming with rain

Maurizio Brancaleoni

By Mircea Moldvan

night walk

the charisma of a statue

without hands

Mircea Moldvan

By Manali Choudhury

An empty chair,

A hollowed pillow,

an unmade bed,

A singing clock,

An absent name.

Manali Choudhury

By Michelle V. Alkerton

attic hideaway

babushka dolls


Michelle V. Alkerton



borscht simmering

with a sprig of dill

Michelle V. Alkerton

By Mike Gallagher

her touch

the softness

of flowers

Mike Gallagher

By Maya Daneva

moving day

I dig up the tulip bulbs

from my garden

Maya Daneva

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

By Bryan Rickert

everything within me outsider art

Bryan Rickert

By Barrie Levine

the wiggly lid

on her takeout cup

hazy moon

Barrie Levine

Monday, July 10, 2023

By Rupa Anand

from the dawn light

of these woods

she flies 

into the tamarind tree  

to feed her chick . . .

Rupa Anand

By Ruth Happel

lines of geese honk

flying north with the sun

rush hour

Ruth Happel



whole world in snail’s shell

pulled behind him everywhere

living the van life

Ruth Happel

By Ram Chandran

starlit night

I tell my children

the stories grandma told me

Ram Chandran

Saturday, July 8, 2023

By Mark Forrester

night heron

still hunting

the day moon

Mark Forrester

By Mark Gilbert

a bee, hovering

dangling her legs

in the buzz

Mark Gilbert

Friday, July 7, 2023

By evan coram

who I was and long to be


clouds with shadows

evan coram



through oak boughs

the porch light

on and off

evan coram

By Mona Bedi

not sure if I want to be reborn mayflies

Mona Bedi

By Chen-ou Liu

morning mist

layered on the river ...

this floating life

Chen-ou Liu


the departure door

closed between mother and me ...

fifteen years later

surging waves, one continent

and English separate us

Chen-ou Liu

By Beate Sigriddaughter

First lizard this year

on the mountain trail, tiny,

resolute. Yay spring.

Beate Sigriddaughter

By Steliana Cristina Voicu

Merlot sky

we renew our vows

25 years after

Steliana Cristina Voicu

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

By Robert Witmer


stars spilling into the sea

lost in sleep

Robert Witmer

By Robert Frede Kenter

Window dressing

       Putting brand new clothing on

Empty ideas

Robert Frede Kenter

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

By JL Huffman







JL Huffman

By J. D. Nelson

sunflowers stand tall

above the weeds in the ditch—

raindrops on my arms

J. D. Nelson

By Janet Krauss

  Winter night

Two ducks huddle

under moonlight

Janet Krauss

By Joseph P. Wechselberger

the bittersweetness

of pomegranate seeds …

did you ever love me?

Joseph P. Wechselberger

By Jennifer Gurney

Not a single

Cloud in the sky

The day opens wide

Jennifer Gurney

By John Hawkhead

full moon

the ebb and flow

of our breaths

John Hawkhead


funeral planning

the very last time

I’ll wear a tie

John Hawkhead

By John J. Dunphy

soup kitchen

struggling actor accepts

a small roll

John J. Dunphy

Sunday, July 2, 2023

By Susan Burch

we should have

kept in touch,

but the weight

of those seconds


ants into elephants

Susan Burch

By Susan Bonk Plumridge


inviting stability

for flying

Susan Bonk Plumridge

By Susan Lee Roberts

lake cabin

chimney smoke

acrobats away

Susan Lee Roberts

Saturday, July 1, 2023

By David He

lovers bathe

in moonlight...

a breeze

caresses the lotuses

in full bloom

David He

By Adrian Bouter


the past is riding

ahead of us

Adrian Bouter

By Lakshman Bulusu

she sings melodies

blossoms in the painting

come to life

Lakshman Bulusu

By Jermone Berglund

in the rapids

amongst sticks and rocks

a pair of tangerines

Jermone Berglund

By Linda L. Ludwig

early morning

day moon slowly

fades into blue sky

Linda L. Ludwig

By Jenn Ryan-Jauregui

seasonal fruit

we gather to pick

her burial clothes

Jenn Ryan-Jauregui

By Kavita Ratna

rushing water

over cutlery in the sink

debate silenced

Kavita Ratna