Cold Moon Journal

Cold Moon Journal
Photo c. Alf B. Meier

Thursday, November 30, 2023

By Michael H. Lester



   Green Witches

   Michael H. Lester 

Goblin Band in a Dollhouse

 Michael H. Lester  

Michael is the author of The Squeeping Catterwhip (available at amazon ( )  

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

By Refika Dedić

two bees

full of innocent looks

glass of wine

Refika Dedić

By Ed Ahern

First leaf barely brown

Waif on a still growing lawn

Prophet of the chill.

Ed Ahern

By Lakshman Bulusu

fall colors paint

the evening sky

a patio for Heaven

Lakshman Bulusu

By Richard Bailly

fresh air

changed person

new lungs

Richard Bailly

Thursday, November 23, 2023

By Adrian Bouter


Adrian Bouter

By David He

the rustles

of bamboo

under the moon

I listen

to an owl's hoots

David He


full moon

for harvesting...

a squirrel

pulls a pine cone

into her nest

David He

By John J. Dunphy

solar eclipse

a hermit crab

leaves its shell

John J. Dunphy

By David Ngo

clear signal—

the bird flees

while another nears

David Ngo

By Hassane Zemmouri

boiled potatoes

my nephew's begging

to turn the food mill

Hassane Zemmouri

By Andrew Terrell

approaching storm

hurrying across the yard

three magpies

Andrew Terrell

By Oscar Luparia

server offline . . .

I get a chance to notice

the moon at my window

Oscar Luparia

By Anthony Lusardi

a sudden gale

pushing me away

from the path i chose

Anthony Lusardi

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

By Deborah Karl-Brandt

home for sale

on the window sill

a dead fly

Deborah Karl-Brandt

By Ram Chandran

from a cuckoo's song

to another cuckoo's song

... the river flows

Ram Chandran

By James Penha

huddled in the woods

we observe, ask, study, learn

all over again

James Penha

By Kavita Ratna

tiger lily

tears on the pillow

begin to dry

Kavita Ratna

Monday, November 20, 2023

Update on Touchstone Award Nominations

Additional Cold Moon Journal nominations for the 2023 Touchstone Awards have been submitted to The Haiku Foundation (poems published July to mid-November 2023).


Congratulations to these 19 talented poets:

Bryan Rickert

Deborah Karl-Brandt

Dejan Ivanovic

Ingrid Baluchi

Janet Krauss

Jerome Berglund

JL Huffman

Joe Whitlow

M. R. Pelletier

Mariangela Canzi

Nicola Schaum

Priti Khullar

Roman Lyakhovetsky (invalidated, as he serves on the board)

Sébastien Revon

Steliana Cristina Voicu

Stephanie Zepherelli

Susan Burch

Timothy Daly

Vandana Parashar


Earlier this year, CMJ submitted (nine) nominations for individual poems published January to June 2023. 

Link to names of these nominees:

Going Forward

Editors may nominate up to 30 poems annually. Thus far we are at 28. The possibility exists for us to nominate two more poems published between now and the end of Decemeber. Any such announcement will be made here.

Good luck to all our nominees!

Sunday, November 19, 2023

By Kelly Sargent

hospice children’s room

shadow puppets

on the wall

Kelly Sargent

By Douglas J. Lanzo

moss phlox

the softness in her face

caressed by misting rain

Douglas J. Lanzo



cold glimmer in her eyes

frostwork crystal

feathering sea cave

Douglas J. Lanzo

By Lakshmi Iyer

first strawberry pick

a swoosh of red


Lakshmi Iyer



post surgery

moon lights

the padded lingerie

Lakshmi Iyer

By Garret Schuelke

Jumping like Mario

to avoid

the mud

Garret Schuelke

By dan smith


a snail's

silver painting

dan smith

By Wai Mei Wong

quiet autumn night—

the bubbling of

grilled clams

Wai Mei Wong


a rooster’s call

the sunny side up touches

grandpa’s nose

Wai Mei Wong

By Robert Witmer

a broom

over sunlight

a pile of dust

Robert Witmer

By Joshua St. Claire

white noise crackling

over the Susquehanna 

Pixel Moon

Joshua St. Claire

By Ron Nhim

regretting our words

we spent many nights staring

at old memories

Ron Nhim

By Louise Hopewell

river walk

our path wends

through frog song

Louise Hopewell



the blue tip

of a dragonfly’s tail

day moon

Louise Hopewell

By Elliot Diamond

leaves ghosted by the wind

Elliot Diamond

By M. R. Pelletier

Empty nest—

   a hole through it

   to sky

M. R. Pelletier

By William Cullen Jr.

one sunflower

tracks its namesake

among stones

that have no names

potter's field

William Cullen Jr.


leaving mountain shade

a crow takes some along

for its shadow

William Cullen Jr.

By Lorraine Caputo

Night falls deeper

clouds weave over secret rivers

veins of our lives

Lorraine Caputo

Saturday, November 18, 2023

By Jay Friedenberg

fur and bone

there are no

safe spaces

Jay Friedenberg

By Joanna Ashwell

snowflake stars

dream by dream

a melting pot

Joanna Ashwell

By Jennifer Gurney

heavy heads

bow toward earth


Jennifer Gurney

By Joy Yin

Soft waves on the shore

Childhood memories long lost

With the faint tides

Joy Yin

By JL Huffman


spent garden beds

fallow fall

JL Huffman

By Jovana Dragojlovic

autumn day

a fantasy book

warms my mind

Jovana Dragojlovic



stars from the sky

sprinkle stardust

giving magic to the world

Jovana Dragojlovic

Friday, November 17, 2023

By Stephanie Zepherelli

mom invites

all the stray dogs


Stephanie Zepherelli


new moon

dancers seek a place

in the light

Stephanie Zepherelli

By Susan Andrews

acorns thunk

on rooftops

autumn heartbeats

Susan Andrews

By Samo Kreutz

leaves on the roof ...

the softness of her voice

after heated talk

Samo Kreutz

By Steliana Cristina Voicu

music from the sky

on the piano flaps

first yellow leaf

Steliana Cristina Voicu

By Susan Elizabeth Schipper

Leaves floating

To the ground

Colorful carpet

Susan Elizabeth Schipper

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Pushcart Prize Nominations


Pushcart Prize Poetry Nominations

from Cold Moon Journal (poems published during 2023)

untitled (first line: a scattered mind) by Nicola Schaum

untitled (first line: autumn) by Sébastien Revon

untitled (first line: red glitter shoes) by Randy Brooks

untitled (first line: bread crumbs) by Mike Fainzilber

untitled (first line: where the leaf) by Brad Bennett

untitled (first line: old button) by Kimberly Kuchar

Congratulations to all (from the Pushcat)!

By Tom Brown

passing on the street

                 we remain perfect strangers

                                           as only our eyes have met

Tom Brown

By Tuyet Van Do

birthday celebration

strands of silver

in her hair

Tuyet Van Do




full moon

shining in the front yard

queen of the night

Tuyet Van Do

Monday, November 13, 2023

By Bipasha Majumder (De)

a peacock's cry

I foretell the fate

of farmers

Bipasha Majumder (De)

By Barrie Levine

Thanksgiving Day

mom invites the in-laws

to this year’s arguments

Barrie Levine

By Bernadette O'Reilly

truth half told

still waiting for more

autumn mist

Bernadette O'Reilly



the creak in one knee tying a shoelace

Bernadette O'Reilly

Sunday, November 12, 2023

By Mike Fainzilber

dancing on a crooked floor

the memory

of crutches

Mike Fainzilber


against all odds

blades of grass

through the pavement

Mike Fainzilber

By Maya Daneva

lemon petals

mom asks if I want to be

this bee

Maya Daneva



in the autumn rain shower

a post-it note

Maya Daneva

By J. D. Nelson

television news—

Christmas tree lights reflected

in the black dog’s eyes

J. D. Nelson


last day of autumn . . .

an abandoned shopping cart

here on the sidewalk

J. D. Nelson

By Susan Lee Roberts

grandma’s shelf—

a dusty pile

of my poems

Susan Lee Roberts



autumn moonwalk

silence engulfs

the couple

Susan Lee Roberts

By Michelle V. Alkerton

each retelling

a subtle shift

of memory

Michelle V. Alkerton

By Meera Rehm

bone moon

icy wind penetrates

into my coat into me

Meera Rehm

By Monica Kakkar

by rain-washed window

asleep in perspiration—

autumn equinox

Monica Kakkar

By Michael Shoemaker


The Road to Beyond

Michael Shoemaker



Tall Grass by the Lake

Michael Shoemaker

By Mary Harwell Sayler

Ocean waves ruffling

skirting the edge of hot sand,

lacing shoes with foam

Mary Harwell Sayler

By Myrna CG Mibus

fireside old-fashioned blue moon hiding in a tree

Myrna CG Mibus

By Marilyn Humbert

silent death

a scorpion’s tail


Marilyn Humbert

By Michael Shoemaker

casting light tackle

high into the wind above

crashing sounds of waves

Michael Shoemaker

Friday, November 10, 2023

By Christa Pandey

naked trees

windblown nests

await repairs

Christa Pandey

By Carmela Marino

solar eclipse

a bouquet of sunflowers

covers autumn

Carmela Marino


starry sky

stumbling in the shadow

my shadow

Carmela Marino

By Cecil Morris

Black Marks

crows patrol my yard:

punctuation marks escaped

from someone’s sentence.

Cecil Morris

By Charlie Lawler

falling leaves

history returns

to the ground

Charlie Lawler

By Gavin Austin

late autumn

a scent of moonlight

in the pines

Gavin Austin


childhood river

the silence

of hidden stones

Gavin Austin

By Govind Joshi

street lamp

on the other side

the gibbous moon

Govind Joshi


sloping road

a man helps his bullock

in moving the cart

Govind Joshi

By Nancy Brady

autumn afternoon

migrant workers give apples

to a mare

Nancy Brady


the rustling of leaves

under a rake's tangs

autumn wind

Nancy Brady

By Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo

ring of pebbles

the grey path

of my thoughts

Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo



roses in the dust

the dead eyes

of refugee children

Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo

By Ravi Kiran

temple gates close

the bell dissolves

into the silence

Ravi Kiran

By Simon De Courcey

fresh root rot —


text messages

Simon De Courcey

By Richa Sharma

a fruit falling from your hands :: i float over the waters of womanhood

Richa Sharma

By Radhika De Silva

lost mobile

eyes rest

on the moon

Radhika De Silva

By Daya Bhat

wind dispersal

warring time zones

on my widget

Daya Bhat

By Mona Bedi

black ice —

the homeless man and I

talk about karma

Mona Bedi

By Pitt Büerken

turn of an era

the mouse munches

the cat

Pitt Büerken

By Chen-ou Liu

Ramadan moon

wave upon wave of prayers

in a tent city

Chen-ou Liu

By Ingrid Baluchi

eco courtyard

artificial grass around

their plastic palms

Ingrid Baluchi

By Vivien Eliades

doctor’s waiting room

patients glued to their phones

a modern sickness

Vivien Eliades

By Chris Collins

my first woolly bear

uncurled and walked on my hand

whispers of winter

Chris Collins

By Jayson Dela Fuente

fading moonlight of endless night shivers

Jayson Dela Fuente

Thursday, November 9, 2023

By Bryan Rickert

river baptism all the crows gathered

Bryan Rickert


fire season poppies jump the break line

Bryan Rickert

By Roy N. Mason

Joan Baez Said


saying and being

told goodbye

two different cries

Roy N. Mason

By Ana Drobot

child's play —

touching the moon

from my window

Ana Drobot

By Susan Burch

marriage proposal

all the Yeps

on the steps

Susan Burch