Deterioration of Mind and Body – Joann Cohen

Digital swipes, attention span shorten. Dopamine blockers, dopamine enhancers. Serotonin uptakes digital wave breaks, limits on language, languid linguistics blackened, hushed what is it replaced by? it bytes and threads all in a ball that bounces from cheek to check amyloid plaques rule, black midnight cats calling midnight bats and ravens cawing Big Ben I …

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Everything – Kristiana Reed

They say death touches everything.   The bumble bee, autumn leaves, thunder then lightning.   Skin laced with ink, fossilised bones, a smoker’s lungs.   Old maps, runes, ditches where rivers used to run.   Potted plants, flowers in a vase, the old lady we no longer see.     Kristiana Reed is a writer …

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Olivia’s Sorrow – Nicholas Gagnier

With apocalypse upon them, and her guiding light gone grey, she flickered against fate telling her she had no more part to play. The locket's absence was heavy, but would allow the Phoenix entry into Hale's weakness, end this malfeasance against decency. She'd been told never to touch this sword in Valhalla's heart. Pulling it …

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Shadows on the Sea – John W. Leys

The shadow stretches And grows As the sun sets Into the sea, Until all is darkness.   From daybreak Until dusk The clock ticks Tocks, clicks Down to the docks.   Seconds and minutes March in formation, Precise, steady, A perfect procession, Never deterred From the destination.   Inevitable, equitable, Never early or late, Arriving …

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