Cold Moon Journal

Cold Moon Journal
Photo c. Alf B. Meier

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

By John J. Dunphy

smelling of hand lotion the braille book

John J. Dunphy

By Diane Webster

through fog

the honk of geese


Diane Webster

By Elliot Diamond

the brush of snow

empty window frames

to a sky

Elliot Diamond

By Oliver Kleyer

A noise during the

funeral. A bumblebee

also mourns Granny.

Oliver Kleyer

By Oscar Luparia

bare oaks

all their branches

hold up the sky

Oscar Luparia

By Yvona Fast

Empty birch branches

stand bent, gaunt in bitter cold

Sheets of ice clinging.

Yvona Fast

By Gavin Austin

sleeping alone

the length of night

on your pillow

Gavin Austin

By Xiaoou Chen

slowed-down pace

the raindrops no longer

beat on my face

Xiaoou Chen

By Anne Curran

cloud nestles

into mountain curves

afternoon sun

Anne Curran

By Douglas J. Lanzo

sun-warmed branches

grandma’s love

nourishing our tree

Douglas J. Lanzo

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

By Helen Ogden

high tide

bits of the seal

float back to sea

Helen Ogden

By Alison Rogers

waves break


at the shoreline

Alison Rogers

By Daniela Misso

wind-beaten grass

all the things

I leave behind

Daniela Misso

By Dejan Ivanovic

gusts of wind

are quieter I sail to

another spring

Dejan Ivanovic

Monday, February 26, 2024

By Pitt Büerken

alphabet soup

the first grader puts words

on the plate's edge

Pitt Büerken

By Georg Cook

A pebble thrown

Causes ripples

The water returns to stillness

Georg Cook

A flame is lit

Sparking into life

Darkness ebbs away

Georg Cook

By Wiesław Karliński


one of last evening songs

by frog choir

Wiesław Karliński

By John J. Dunphy

gangster's funeral

circulating among the mourners

process servers

John J. Dunphy

Sunday, February 25, 2024

By Biswajit Mishra

cold wave—

trash can by the curb

left open-mouthed

Biswajit Mishra

By Robert Witmer

patches of snow

on a sunny street

childhood memories

Robert Witmer

By Liz Kornelsen

Winter Treat

snow tumbles, gathers

into popcorn balls on shrubs

please—hold the butter!

Liz Kornelsen

By Govind Joshi

winter holidays

a trip

for the snowflakes

Govind Joshi

By Jovana Dragojlovic

winter evening

snowflakes on the palm

remind me of us

Jovana Dragojlovic

Saturday, February 24, 2024

By Eugeniusz Zacharski

astral light—

poetry emerges

from the void

Eugeniusz Zacharski

eagerly waiting

for the solar eclipse

to end...

cherry blossoms

Eugeniusz Zacharski

By Amrutha V Prabhu

i war in words

with all who war

tales of the tomb

Amrutha V Prabhu

his silence

between the lines

a calm sea-voice

Amrutha V Prabhu

By Kavita Ratna

pink dissolves

into layers of grey

gull landings

Kavita Ratna

By Lucia Cardillo

pink petals…

when you choose to stay

only in silence

Lucia Cardillo

petali rosa …

quando scegli di stare

solo in silenzio

Lucia Cardillo

By Bipasha Majumder (De)


heavenly beauty hidden

in dark

Bipasha Majumder (De)

By Lakshman Bulusu

jasmine petals in her hair

tones from a symphony

on and on without pause


Lakshman Bulusu

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

February Moons

By Ana Drobot

a breeze

of snowflakes —

I search for

the scientific term

for stardust

Ana Drobot


fairy-tales —

sitting over a cloud

a water lily

Ana Drobot

By Genevieve Aguinaldo

friend's confession

a butterfly spreads

its wings 

Genevieve Aguinaldo

morning rush

egrets posing

for a photo

Genevieve Aguinaldo

By David Josephsohn

breaking news

no more lines drawn

on the door frame

David Josephsohn

winter night

a frozen sweater

on the park bench

David Josephsohn

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

By Neena Singh

a leafless tree

raises arms to the sky

praying for peace

Neena Singh

By Resa Alboher

On this first morning

the year stretches itself out

like a cat’s nine lives…

Resa Alboher

I clip recipes…

As snowflakes fall I wonder

about my whole life…

Resa Alboher

Reading the future

in the fireplace’s flames…

How long will I live?

Resa Alboher

By Timothy Daly

autumn funeral the weeping


Timothy Daly

By Evan Coram

a fog’s silence

strangers pass

as ghosts

Evan Coram

By Jennifer Gurney

sliver reflection—

a crack amidst the ice

where sky falls in

Jennifer Gurney

By Rupa Anand

a crow

cawing in its black voice

news from home

Rupa Anand

By David Ngo

mala hotpot—

old flames kindle anew

David Ngo

By Hassane Zemmouri


children play leap sheep

Hassane Zemmouri

By Krzysztof Kokot

empty hospital room

smiling chaplain

quickens his step

Krzysztof Kokot

By Louise Hopewell

desert sunset

a roo vanishes

into mulga

Louise Hopewell

By Nicole Pottier

higher in the sky

the roof of the pagoda

is tinged with gold

Nicole Pottier

By Vincenzo Adamo

veiled morning—

the night is prolonged

with chatter

Vincenzo Adamo

Saturday, February 17, 2024

By Sébastien Revon

dawn is dead

at last, I turn off

the bedside lamp

Sébastien Revon

By Sharon Ferrante


my night-filled eyes


Sharon Ferrante

By Sigrid Saradunn

veil of hope

when life

has been lost

Sigrid Saradunn

By Steve Van Allen

single digits, overcast for days

now some blue sky and sun

the illusion of warm

Steve Van Allen

By Susan E. Schipper

A lone umbrella

Endless crowd on urban street

Heading nowhere

Susan E. Schipper

By Steliana Cristina Voicu

moon on ice —

the figure skater rehearsing

double Axel

Steliana Cristina Voicu

By Susan Lee Roberts

ocean mist—

lichen blossoms

on winter trees

Susan Lee Roberts

Friday, February 16, 2024

By Mircea Moldovan

a raven pecks the heart of winter

Mircea Moldovan

By Mike Fainzilber

moving slowly

up the mountain

blind musician

autumn dawn

Mike Fainzilber

fog in the phone booth

the only caller

dialing the wind

Mike Fainzilber

By Maria Quernel

Flowering maples

The breeze blows close to our hearts

Autumnal embrace

Maria Quernel

By Marcellin Dallaire-Beaumont

snowball battle

a pine branch attacks me

in the back

Marcellin Dallaire-Beaumont

By M. R. Pelletier



   who I am

M. R. Pelletier

By Melissa Laussmann

losing myself

in the midst of shadows

sunset on the marsh

Melissa Laussmann

By Mariel Herbert

midnight movie popcorn clouds wolf moon

Mariel Herbert

By Monica Kakkar

vinyl of nocturnes

celebrates my solitude—

Saint Valentine's Day

Monica Kakkar

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

By Mike Gallagher


loving the intimacy

of shadows

Mike Gallagher

By Scott Wiggerman


about their affairs

child-proof language

Scott Wiggerman

By David He

first kiss

the dark mystery

of a new moon

David He

By Barbara Anna Gaiardoni

pair of lovebirds

winter is coming

to a close

Barbara Anna Gaiardoni

By Adrian Bouter

elderly couple

the folded hands

of winter dusk

Adrian Bouter

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

By Ravi Kiran

how many words

does kintsugi need

porcelain heart

Ravi Kiran

still in the e-cart

all those gifts I wish

she would take

Ravi Kiran

Valentine’s Day

the flipped coin says

don’t click ‘Send’

Ravi Kiran

Monday, February 12, 2024

By Ram Chandran

Of Twilight Memories

fallen petals—

memories of those days

we were together


a butterfly fades away...

leaving memories behind

beach sunset

waves slowly spread...

your memories

Ram Chandran

Saturday, February 10, 2024

By Tony Williams


I try not to be an animal

but I am

Tony Williams

By Ruth Van Alstine

from cool mountain slopes

plucked Oolong tea leaves

brew the black dragon

Ruth Van Alstine

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

By Refika Dedić

two leaves

on a bare tree

still together

Refika Dedić

By Ray Spitzenberger

the joy

the little one

brought us



Ray Spitzenberger

By Ellen Kom

heart monitor...

beats of rage

killing time

Ellen Kom

frail bones hanging on the dawn

Ellen Kom

By Dmitry Peredonov

Christmas night

the flavor of

mistletoe tea

Dmitry Peredonov

By Nicky Gutierrez


only the moon

in the thermos

Nicky Gutierrez

burning coals

the golden leaves

fall on us

Nicky Gutierrez

monastery grounds

the sandhill crane

makes her nest

Nicky Gutierrez


rabbit on the moon

can my voice

reach yours?

Nicky Gutierrez

By Susan Burch

refugee moon

my heart in a kingdom

far far away

Susan Burch

By Joanna Ashwell

twinkle toes

the tabby cat’s

midnight prowl

Joanna Ashwell

By C. Jean Downer

doctors speak

of failing systems

in this world

where will I

find home

C. Jean Downer

same stories


tonight, I mourn

all that is left


C. Jean Downer

By Mirela Brailean

hiss of bombs

an unaware cherry tree

keeps blooming

Mirela Brailean

By Maya Daneva

still able to hold

January snow

this orange leaf

Maya Daneva

white snake...

this voodoo witch

in the museum

Maya Daneva

Monday, February 5, 2024

By Robert Epstein

it could be winter or it could be worse

Robert Epstein

By Mark Gilbert

new moon same as the old moon

Mark Gilbert

By Bryan Rickert

switching to dark mode winter solitude

Bryan Rickert

By Joseph P. Wechselberger


the ground fog

rabbit ears

Joseph P. Wechselberger

By Laurie Donaldson

across the slow night

spread blankets of little fires,

stars i couldn't reach

Laurie Donaldson

By Stephen Jarrell Williams

woodpecker flying

over the cement city

searching for wood

Stephen Jarrell Williams

By Lucia Fontana

preparing me

for a world

that still

does not exist —

lotus flower

Lucia Fontana

By Barrie Levine

haiku pals

     our endless conversations

over three short lines

Barrie Levine

By Joshua Gage

ghostly asphodel

discovering the nuances

of sadness

Joshua Gage

By Charles Rossiter


the neighbor's dog is barking

at nothing again

Charles Rossiter

By Janet Krauss

Leaving the island

carrying my sack of longing

the heft of silence

Janet Krauss

By Jerome Berglund

wand of heaven


major chords

Jerome Berglund

By Mark Forrester

mountain stream

a few persimmons

on either side

Mark Forrester

By Fhen M.

The sky full of stars

a world without humans.

Fhen M.

By Steve Van Allen

snow in patches

one last dandelion

Steve Van Allen

By Kelly Sargent

an owl’s gaze

my twin watches me

divide the last piece of birthday cake

Kelly Sargent

By Chen-ou Liu

the depth

of this absence of home,

of belonging ...

my face in the rearview mirror

this eviction day

Chen-ou Liu

By Sarah Paris


the tea leaves

Groundhog Day

Sarah Paris

By Nicoletta Ignatti

winter sky painting spaces between clouds

Nicoletta Ignatti

By Anthony Lusardi

before the storm altogether the crows

Anthony Lusardi

Saturday, February 3, 2024

By Kathabela Wilson

walk in the park

i lose my way

on purpose

Kathabela Wilson

aging beauty

the calligraphy

of her face

Kathabela Wilson

in the inner lining

of her kimono

a hint of hopefulness

Kathabela Wilson

By Paula Sears

winter storm

snowing parmesan

over the risotto

Paula Sears


a lone traveler

along the snowy path


Paula Sears

By Mona Bedi

failing to find my identity wildflowers

Mona Bedi

telling it as the truth liar moon

Mona Bedi

cricket moon

somewhere the call

of a loon

Mona Bedi

mountain trek

we slowly discover

hidden stars

Mona Bedi

By Nancy Brady

chattering sparrows

in the burning bush

town gossips

Nancy Brady

dirty slush...

all the cars on the road

the same color

Nancy Brady