beaded trout

Remission Dawning

Despite yourself, you kiss the body of the day.

Idling over its ravaged fingers, lifting its aged palm
to the still-dreaming purse of your lips.

The body of the day shifts annoyed in its nightshirt,
drily surprised at your nuzzling its creepy, corded neck.
Then sighs as you blow gently on its cornea, glazed
in the cataract of your wakeful watch over a terminus
that leads only to the next aching moonrise.

The day abides you licking away the raw placenta
curdling over an inchoate notion of what it will yet become.

More often than not, the day responds slowly
to your familiar ministrations. Tired as is the day
from its tenuous re-arousals into being,
it eventually, invariably kisses you back.
But not till your surrender to the inevitable
ticking thrust of every harsher moment
that erodes your insistent romance with time.

The body of the day lies long and near your own,
easing from your chest a rippling sigh of thirst
for the strangers flooding past like toiling rivers
crossed only in death and birth by weary, resolute kin
bearing in the twilit end of day.

Stephany JT Russell


contents of issue 8

IN TIME OF TROUBLE
Linda Rodriguez

The Healing Soup
Jaunita Pahdopony

Army of Artists
Raymond Nat Turner

Where Wings once were
Zigi Lowenberg

What they don't tell you when they tell you about cancer
James Mackay

Ghosts Floating on the Flat White Bed
Erika T. Wurth

Remission Dawning
Stephany JT Russell

Fire Garden
Suha Hassan


Stephany JT Russell Biography

Stephanie JT Russell is a poet, photographer, and author. Her most recent books, The Zen of Small Things, and One Flash of Lightning: A Samurai Path for Living the Moment , can be found at a favorite bookstore or ordreed through Andrews McMeel Publishing and any local bookstore.


Permission to publish poems in this one context was granted by the authors, who unless otherwise specified, hold copyright on these works.