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Overnight, Rain
by Sharon Chmielarz

In a restaurant with many windows,
the angel of the envious

flutters above two lovebirds.
Look away, look away, she whispers

to the woman sitting solo at a table.
Lift your eyes, she says,

to a nice glass of afternoon.
Drink to bristling motel managers

and their “Quiet down in there,”-s
and to your devious assurances

to turn down the TV
which wasn’t on.

Drink to your lover, sweetly
indignant at paper-thin walls.

“We’re such old fools,”
the angel quivers.

§

Sometimes end-stops take a long leave of absence
before they grace the right side of the white page,

the heart pumping door slams.
Halts. Marks. Dots.

Dot. Not period. A short
story contains twenty? fifty?

periods. Plus the I period.
The He period. The She period,

when more than once…oh, he
was freshly showered and interested…

cheeks shaved, shining…
hair still wet but combed…

dot, dot, dot,
his clean white T-Shirt off,

tap, tap, tap… the entire
violin section tucked in their chins.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 1.

Sharon Chmielarz’s latest books of poetry are Love from the Yellowstone Trail (2013), Calling, a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2011, and The Sky Is Great the Sky Is Blue. She’s the recipient of the 2012 Jane Kenyon Award from Water~Stone Review.

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Living on a Planet with Four or Six or Twelve Moons
by Sharon Chmielarz

These are my ways to walk among moons,
a woods of moons, a bright moonarium,
a soul scape lit by distant reflection.

I count them like trees, ignoring the forest.
This is my choice. One moon rises at noon,
another at six, the twelfth at midnight.

Once in a red moon, all moons rise
at dusk, like white stones braceleting
a wrist purged of darkness.

This is my love, the brightest of moons,
the others, companions. No matter what is
called to the most aloof, the answer’s more light.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 15, Issue 4.

Sharon Chmielarz’s latest books of poetry are Love from the Yellowstone Trail (2013), Calling, a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2011, and The Sky Is Great the Sky Is Blue. She’s the recipient of the 2012 Jane Kenyon Award from Water~Stone Review.

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CPR Journal Volume 15, Issue 2 Now Online

Cider Press Review Volume 15, Issue 2Cider Press Review’s April 2013 web issue, Volume 15, Issue 2, is now online.

Read new work by Sandra Kohler, Lois Marie Harrod, Jeanpaul Ferro, David Filer, Lorraine Doran, Rebecca Aronson, Doris Matthews, Brenda Yates, Diane Scholl, Sharon Chmielarz, Joseph Dorazio, Rachel Rostad, Christine Butterworth McDermott, Barbara Mossberg, Shawn Fawson, Susana Lang, John Davis, Susan Grimm, Grant Clauser, Kathleen Hellen, John Sibley Williams, and Jane Rosenberg LaForge.

Read the issue online today; download a Kindle version from Amazon in May.