beaded trout

Silver Shower of Stars

oh the water speaks
do you hear her cry-
give me a ready ship and the aqua seas!-
spilling out liquid mystery
to my wanton wandering ears
and the heat pours down like tears and
in the fertile tropic zone
and alone
sailing in company
and alone

Espanol rivers of lyrical words
lifting up white tropic birds
to the trade winds kissing the lights in the sky
as we sail sweet and rocking by night
and I lie
naked and sweating and brown
and good lord, in every little shoreside town
there is magic
and dust
and the blare of the sun
on tin roofs and dirt roads and hills
where the grey iguana run

dream like a sparkling blue fish
each one a coin, each one a wish
for peaceful enchantment
and fair sailing winds
on a smooth deck of pine
under canvas and spars
standing midnight watch
in a silver shower of stars

oh the water speaks
do you hear her cry-
give me a ready ship and the aqua seas!-
spilling out liquid mystery
to my wanton wandering ears
and the heat pours down like tears
in the fertile tropic zone
sailing in company
and alone

Stephanie JT Russell


contents of issue 9

Silver Shower of Stars
Stephanie JT Russell

At the Edge of Drowning
ERika T. Wurth

Swirls
Pennie Opal Plant

Ofi' Tohbi'
Jenny L. Davis

I GIVE YOU THE RIVER
Linda Rodriguez

The Shell Seekers
Susan Deer Cloud

At Water Village
Kimberly Weiser

The ridiculous optimious of the Daffodil
Zigi Lowenberg

Driftlights
Howard Miller

Land of Water
Suha Hassan

Redding Road
Jabez Churchill


Stephanie 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.