May Queen & Summer King | RedCat

The Summer King cometh
Bearing the Moon upon his horns
Tribute to his Goddess, she who birth’s the season reborn

The fair May Queen cometh
Meadow flowers in flaming hair
Flushed with summer passion, for her earthly consort to share

Together worshipping
Souls sharing true loves full delight
Breath mingling, power flow
Magic of Midsummer’s night glow

RedCat has contributed to The Poet’s Symphony (Raw Earth Ink, 2020), and Through The Looking Glass: Reflecting on Madness and Chaos Within (Indie Blu(e) Publishing, 2021).

Her poetry spans love, life, folklore, mythology, environment, depression and surviving abuse and trauma. This fiery redhead makes her home in Stockholm, Sweden.

Summer solstice | Britta Benson

One drop of sun sneaks

through my eyelids with

a mission. Dancing purples

swirl red, orange flickers

tickle the sleepy freckles

on my iris. I lose all sense

of otherness as my body

leans into the distant soul

of a galaxy and connects

unconditionally with

this dying star of life.

Britta Benson
Britta’s Blog – Letters from Scotland
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Whispers and Echoes Poetry and Flash Fiction Index | July 2021


Throughout July Whispers and Echoes shared the remainder of the wonderful submissions we received for our themed call, Haiku on Healing. Thank you to everyone who sent in their poetry as well as to those who have been reading.

During August we will be sharing the submissions we received for our Summer 2021 call.  The beginning of September each year sees the journal taking a two week break, but afterwards, we will be turning our attention to our next call, Autumn 2021. We will be opening this call to submissions in the next few days, so please keep an eye out! 😉 However, if you can’t wait, we can share that our general guidelines will apply.  You can check them out by visiting the SUBMIT page.

There might also be another themed call coming soon…but more on that next week…

We’re still closed to general submissions at the moment as our posting schedule is full but we’re hoping to change that soon.

To see what we shared – or what you missed – in July, check out the links below.  Enjoy!


Growth | Poorvi Kumar

From pain comes prospect

And fallen tears bring treasure

Choose growth every time.

Part time student, part time aspiring writer Poorvi Kumar is a teenage girl from America. She found her love of writing at thirteen and has taken a particular shine to poems. So far her work has been featured in the Appelley Publishing 2021 Rising Stars collection. Find her at

Reality Sucks | Bartholomew Barker

Truth can be bitter

Just like nasty medicine

But lies never heal

Bartholomew Barker is an organizer of Living Poetry, a collection of poets in the Triangle region of North Carolina. His first poetry collection, Wednesday Night Regular, written about strip clubs, was published in 2013. His second, Milkshakes and Chilidogs, a chapbook of food inspired poetry was served in 2017.