The Snow Moon | Yuu Ikeda

The snow moon

celebrates me

because I gave up on

a new season

and decided to continue

writing about winter.

The full moon in February

emits a ray of light

to let winter flowers bloom

on me.


Yuu Ikeda is a Japan based poet.

She writes poetry on her website.

https://poetryandcoffeedays.wordpress.com/

Her published poems can be found

in <Nymphs>,

<Selcouth Station Press>,

<Sublunary Review>,

<Remington Review>,

<Sad Girl Review>,

and more.

Her Instagram : @yuunnnn77

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Selected by the editor as a featured submission, September 2022

Birth Welcome | Duane Herrmann

Purple streaks across the sky,
oranges and reds,
set the autumn sun
over prairie grasses,
tan and yellow blowing,
waving under wind.
Any wonder why
I love this world
embracing me?


Duane L Herrmann was surprised to find himself in 1951 on a prairie farm.  Still trying to make sense of that, he’s grown fond of grass waving under wind, trees, and moonlight.  He survived a traumatic, abusive childhood embellished with dyslexia, ADHD (both unknown at the time), cyclothymia, now, PTSD.
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Selected by the editor as a featured submission, September 2022

The Locked-Up Heart | Hannah Foster

The hunter’s eyes followed the silver box as the woman laid it in his hands.

“I am not worthy,” he whispered, raising his head. “How can you trust me?”

The sorceress looked down at him where he knelt on the cold stone. “You have proven yourself to me. You saw the cavern from which this heart was torn.” As she spoke a drop of blood beaded at a corner of the little box and tracked down the hunter’s palm. She smiled and her smile was still cold. “My heart is your secret. Guard it with your life.”

“I will.”


Hannah Foster is a young adult fiction writer and chronic daydreamer. Once upon a time she fell in love with art and stories and never looked back. She loves tea, anime, and corgis, and will probably never grow up.  https://eluminoracreations.wordpress.com/

Selected by the editor as a featured submission, September 2022

Originally posted on the site: 19/07/2019