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In a Hum~

Sunday, 09 February 2014  |  Kelley White

"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


Don't Hold Your Breath SLUT (Explicit)

Sunday, 23 December 2012  |  Lisa Morie

"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.



Friday, 24 March 2017  |  Gabriel
There is no up
There is no down
Can't catch my breath for I hear no sound
A reach, a stretch
Emptiness all that is left
Engulfed manifesting a monster
There's a belonging in being lost here
A chasm of my own consciousness
I've lost my sense
The light has faded


My Immigrant Friend

Friday, 24 March 2017  |  Danielle Means
My immigrant friend,
You are to me everything ignorant ones don't want to see,
Which is,
That you are a human being,
Whose striving hard to achieve,
Dreams your native country wouldn't let be,
Because they knew you would prevail pass they're democracy,
Which was set from the start to hold you at their peak,
So you came to a country that you heard to be,
A place where you can have a fair chance to seek,
The ...


Fogtown: A Musical

Monday, 26 August 2013  |  Neil Donnelly

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

Friday, 24 February 2017  |  Lynn

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.


Age of Irony

Tuesday, 21 June 2016  |  Lynn

 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...


Interviews & Culture

Recent Interview with Michael Miller

Sunday, 02 December 2012  |  Administrator

An Interview with Michael Miller, winner of the Open Community Poetry Contest, January-March, 2011

by John Winn

Staff Writer

Hennen's Observer

Known as michaelmiller.ic to contributors and visitors to the website, 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...


Recent Interview with H. E. Mantel

Sunday, 02 December 2012  |  Administrator

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

Staff Writer

Hennen's Observer

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...


All this technology but nothing works

Saturday, 25 March 2017  |  Theresa
How to make emotions to the already blank page & but what would happen if a spirit got away.  Would it merge with a machine & become an unclear being that is a cyborg that would just gleam.  Have humans become redundant by an organic mass of machine melted into a chip of tagged hash.  I do hope that the mass does not feel the backlash or anger, resentment or even clash with a hatred for li...


Live Hula

Monday, 04 August 2014  |  wickedwahine_69

       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...