Cold Moon Journal

Cold Moon Journal
Photo c. Alf B. Meier

Saturday, September 30, 2023

By Kavita Ratna

awaiting the cue

for a grand jet

the corseted breath

Kavita Ratna

By Bipasha Majumder (De)

blood moon

carpenter ants circle round

the red dish

Bipasha Majumder (De)

Friday, September 29, 2023

By Govind Joshi

sidewalk café

a ship sailing

into the twilight

Govind Joshi

By Haeja K. Chung

silvergrass children chasing the wind

Haeja K. Chung

By Oscar Luparia


the flamboyant colors

    of four-o'clocks

Oscar Luparia

By Zdenka Mlinar



in our city

is missing

the old baker

Zdenka Mlinar




u našem gradu


stari pekar

Zdenka Mlinar

Thursday, September 28, 2023

By Vuong Pham


from the whole forest

one falling leaf

Vuong Pham

By Paul Tristram

Lesson Learnt

There was no more room

inside her Isolation

for olive branches,

well-wishers or welcome hugs…

yet, miles and miles for distance.

Paul Tristram

By Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo

perseid sky

brighter than the shooting stars ...

city lights

Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo


perseid sky

a child's scribblings

from wall to floor

Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

By Robert Witmer


whistling out of tune

as loudly as I can

Robert Witmer

By Reshmi Mukherjee

The tunnel ends

I keep walking

in darkness

Reshmi Mukherjee

Monday, September 25, 2023

By Tuyet Van Do

Operating room –

in the corner the doctor

checking his phone

Tuyet Van Do

Sunday, September 24, 2023

By Anthony Lusardi

veterans day;

as the grill sparks

grandpa flinches

Anthony Lusardi

By Ana Drobot


the geisha's

soft cheeks

Ana Drobot

Saturday, September 23, 2023

By John Hawkhead

moonlit surf

flickers of white lace

below her hemline

John Hawkhead

By Jovana Dragojlovic

night colours

cover the sky

dreamer's paradise

Jovana Dragojlovic

By Joshua St. Claire

honeysuckle wind

a mourning dove

relines her nest

Joshua St. Claire

By Joe Whitlow

two years later

the permanence

of dead

Joe Whitlow

By Joanna Ashwell

full moon

the shape of light

in loneliness

Joanna Ashwell

By Jenn Ryan-Jauregui

first breakup

I reach for another


Jenn Ryan-Jauregui

Friday, September 22, 2023

By Samo Kreutz

firefly ...

his sudden


Samo Kreutz

By Simon De Courcey

wrong path

right light

lichen hoard

Simon De Courcey

By Sharon Ferrante

what’s on your mind

the empty page asks

I’m waiting

for the beauty

of your non-truth

Sharon Ferrante

By Sébastien Revon

Venus at dawn

a bat swirls


Sébastien Revon

Thursday, September 21, 2023

By Dejan Ivanovic

After midnight

the spider and I don't want

a cricket in the room

Dejan Ivanovic

By Louise Hopewell

the kids flutter

through rainforest

butterfly walk

Louise Hopewell

By Susan Burch

Tour de France –

the wicked witch of the west

wins again

Susan Burch

By Noah Berlatsky

the dog keeps barking

counting syllables

what are you saying?

Noah Berlatsky

By Zoran Doderovic

not in the heaven

nor on the earth –

water strider

Zoran Doderovic

By Adrian Bouter


the country air

in her hair

Adrian Bouter

 for Berry Bryant

By C. Jean Downer

tranquil nights

dipping my teabag

with expectation

C. Jean Downer

By Stephanie Zepherelli

group effort

geese stream south

on Autumn winds

Stephanie Zepherelli

By Xiaoou Chen

quiet pond

drawing some stars

before day breaks

Xiaoou Chen

By Chris Collins

we kiss - hug each day

as we travel together

through time in old age

Chris Collins

By Jake Williams

Palest blue

Only a bare twig

Greets the wind

Jake Williams

By Sreenath

just to be

free of all the burden

a bird flying

beyond the sky

into a timeless state


By Stephen Jarrell Williams

freshly cut grass

scent of the old ways

sickle in hand

Stephen Jarrell Williams

By Nancy Brady

sunset rain...

at the end of a rainbow

a goldfinch

Nancy Brady

Monday, September 18, 2023

By M. R. Pelletier

Ceiling fan—

   all the café’s conversations

   cut to pieces

M. R. Pelletier




   there’s more talk

   of planting trees

M. R. Pelletier

By Joseph P. Wechselberger

dad’s wake

greeting people

I’ll never know

Joseph P. Wechselberger

By Tohm Bakelas


steve richmond, sober,

dying alone in hospice —

no more gagaku

Tohm Bakelas

By Hassane Zemmouri

my nephew with his baby bottle

midnight cartoons

Hassane Zemmouri

By Cecil Morris

After Her Death

My new lover grief

eats chips naked in my bed

and will not leave me

even when I offer her

a summer house at the beach.

Cecil Morris

By Jovana Dragojlovic

local winds blow —

fanning the fire

through my veins

Jovana Dragojlovic

By C.X. Turner

rainbow dawn

just when the horizon

looks bleak

C.X. Turner

Friday, September 15, 2023

By Maya Daneva

sharing the silence

while praying for mom’s soul

this warm breeze

Maya Daneva

By Mark Forrester

one busker’s nod

to another

moonless night

Mark Forrester

By Michelle V. Alkerton

double vision


my worldview

Michelle V. Alkerton

By Monica Kakkar

heartbeats in first bloom

her polka dot bikini

scarlet ladybird

Monica Kakkar

By Mike Fainzilber

at the end of the earth

where the sun goes to die

a souvenir stand…

Mike Fainzilber

By Melissa Laussmann

in pale moonlight

a firefly becomes

the star

Melissa Laussmann

By Mike Turner

Oh, what greater love

Than fulfilling hopes and dreams

Can we give others

Mike Turner

Thursday, September 14, 2023

By John J. Dunphy

wedding anniversary

husband selects a bouquet

at the cemetery

John J. Dunphy



trembling as he picks up

his newborn son

John J. Dunphy

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

By Vandana Parashar


a little cloud

drifts away

Vandana Parashar



everything in sight

wedding photographer

Vandana Parashar

By Christa Pandey

heat dome

even a cactus

keels over

Christa Pandey





the old pond

glows pink

Christa Pandey

By Mike Freedman

thoughts twirling

in the spin-dryer

of ego

Mike Freedman



priest lights up

leaving cathedral

no sin to smoke

Mike Freedman

By evan coram

only a few

fireflies dream

of becoming a star

evan coram



wet snowflakes


sharing silence

evan coram

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

By Ron Scully

scrabble party

he interrupts her words

she finishes his sentences

Ron Scully

By B. L. Bruce

morning sky

pale as corn silk


B. L. Bruce

Monday, September 11, 2023

By Ram Chandran

cherry blossoms

even after

all of us have gone

Ram Chandran

Sunday, September 10, 2023

By Timothy Daly

parents’ home

looking back on my past

I see a light

Timothy Daly

Saturday, September 9, 2023

By Pris Campbell

breaking waves

too old and sick now

for sandcastle dreams

Pris Campbell

Thursday, September 7, 2023

By Kerry J Heckman

hare moon

from every direction

coyote songs

Kerry J Heckman



hitching a ride

to oz

Kerry J Heckman

By Alvin B. Cruz

my blind date

a no show —

total eclipse

Alvin B. Cruz


summer love unfolding my umbrella

Alvin B. Cruz

By James Penha

arranging ourselves

across music of the spheres

the maestro awaits

James Penha



railway steps

waiting for those who seek

their station

James Penha

By John Zheng


birds in trees

louder and louder

John Zheng



yowling night

moon on a pine branch


John Zheng

By Mike Gallagher


butterfly wings


Mike Gallagher



in september breeze

drier leaves

Mike Gallagher

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

By Chen-ou Liu

CN Tower

hidden in fog and rain ...

what remains

of my immigrant past

now a blur to me

Chen-ou Liu

By Jerome Berglund


calling for

an encore

Jerome Berglund

By Ellen Kom

family lawsuit

lawyer and therapist

on standby

Ellen Kom

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

By Barrie Levine

spilled grounds . . .

your caffeine rush

to leave me

Barrie Levine

By Jharna Sanyal

a cup of tea

home in every tongue

Jharna Sanyal


Judas tree

so many reasons

I forgive

Jharna Sanyal

By David Käwika Eyre

Labor Day

he demonstrates

vacuum cleaners

David Käwika Eyre

Monday, September 4, 2023

By Pravat Kumar Padhy

Carbon Footprints

the sun looks dim
with smoke all around
fierce debate
in the conference room
for the sky to retain its blue
insects search
space for a breath
for the missed treasure
as city sparks in neon lights
whispers to the trees…
the leaves
lost their vigor
to muse with the breeze
early dawn
from far off distance
the whales scream 
not to change
the colour of the sea
neither koel’s song
nor hopscotch of birds
we spend a living
with a black sun
hanging from the dusty sky
roaring voice
of the rising sea …
in the lost land
the Anthropocene defines
the sinking sun of the rising risk

Pravat Kumar Padhy

Sunday, September 3, 2023

By Susan Lee Roberts

summer ages

in the august heat—

calico leaves

Susan Lee Roberts

By Patricia Hawkhead

autumn colours

the old cat curls

into itself

Patricia Hawkhead

By JL Huffman

landscape blight

howl of the junkyard dog

JL Huffman

By Terri L. French

running into the squirrel’s indecision

Terri L. French

By Jennifer Gurney

a clutch of clouds

held in her mind's eye for

such a day as this

Jennifer Gurney

By Mona Bedi

a half forgotten lullaby    her dementia

Mona Bedi

By Deborah Karl-Brandt

conventional time

the day before and after

my mother´s death

Deborah Karl-Brandt

Friday, September 1, 2023

By Bryan Rickert

murky waters

the brief moment

of turtle nose

Bryan Rickert