"Winner of the Open Community Poetry Contest for the period Oct 31-Dec. 31, 2013. See commentary below."--ed.
Tweedle Dee Dee and Tweedle Dee Dum
One could sing, the other hum
One was smart and one was dumb
One was free and one was numb
"Runner-up in the Open Community Poetry Contest for the period July 1-Sept. 30, 2012."--ed.
She will miss the kiss.
It lingers on and she tastes him.
Something that she never experiences
and longs for,
her brief emancipation.
He tosses her like a rag doll,
entwined, she is trembling,
he breaks her in two,
that last kiss, now lips closed tightly,
out the door.
Again the dusk has filled this town with fog a sight I've grown accustomed to; odd shapes and silhouettes become dancers and these cracked calloused streets have become their stage. As they dance a bullfrog belches in the background a light wind rustles some leaves. In the distance I hear the sawmill; metal blades gnarling through the flesh of a helpless, old redwood begging for his life.
Fix it. That's all I hear these days. Over the counter, scores of people stream in to get their shoes mended. I don't know how Pa does it. Nobody expected this small business enterprise to last, let alone become a household name in Singapore ---Mr Fix-it Store.
He lays awake on bed, thinking of her. Reticent of love-days passed. Oh they seem so recent... A kaleidoscope flashes sweet images he cannot escape even with his eyes snapped shut. That oh so familiar scent fills his mind as he tosses and turns in his super-single bed, waiting for Sleep to take pity on him. He rants and raves at Memory to release him to the toils of the day only to be disappoint...
An Interview with Michael Miller, winner of the Open Community Poetry Contest, January-March, 2011
by John Winn
Known as michaelmiller.ic to contributors and visitors to the website hennensobserver.com, Michael Miller Jr. is as mysterious as the allegories he employs. With little more to go on that an arm tattoo as his online avatar and some vague geography as his locat...
An interview with H.E. Mantel, winner of the Open Community Poetry Contest (for the period October—December, 2010) conducted February 28, 2011.
by John Winn
Harold E. Mantel has been a mainstay in the literary community ever since he burst on the scene almost a decade ago. Since then many of his poems and prose, including “Abide and Abode,” “If Ever After” and “Pox Popul...
Hula is a uniquely Hawaiian form of dance that has become known worldwide. Anywhere from hula portrayed by classic old movies to the intense Merrie Monarch Festival to the toy hula girl wiggling on a trucker’s dashboard, most everybody knows something about hula. It has been described as the spirit of Hawaii and the keeper of Hawaiian folklore. Hula has been pe...