The Editors wish you a  Happy Thanksgiving.

Perhaps someday it will be recognised as the time when the Natives of this land showed 
tremendous compassion and generosity toward strangers who would surely have perished
without them.

"The marshes of fern and flower, cattails and milkweed"
In a World of Turmoil
by Mary Jo Balistreri

"The railroad line carved into your foothills"
Pilgrimage to Mont-Sainte-Victoire
by Mary Jo Balistreri

"I am made from a tenor’s voice and a dancer’s step"
Where I Come From
by Mary Jo Balistreri

"We watch until it becomes nothing more than a speck in the sky"
Riffing on Waves
by Mary Jo Balistreri

Nature’s Painting

"They observed the wind with a poet’s will"
Two Does in Snow

by Sally Nacker

"I walked along an unknown path"
Box of Colors
by Joan Luther

"Between appetizers they agree"
Thanksgiving Dinner
by Wilda Morris

"Butterflies and bees feast on helix ivy"
Golden Glows 
by Annie Jenkin

"There are no more breezes whispering until spring arrives"
by A. David Abraham


"To paint is to love again"
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

"The river itself is a looking glass of color"
View from Across the River
by Michael Escoubas

"Lacy leaves thread around the trunks of trees"
A Tapestry of Colors
by Priscilla Turner Spada

"A passing loon whose mournful cry is linked to absence"
by Paulette Demers Turco

"An autumn rain before the dawn"
by MFrostDelaney

"Lethargic fish don't ripple the shining surface"
Deep Reflection
by Maralee Gerke

"Black trunks pierce this scene"
Dazzling! (a tanka)
by Gay Williford

"Wood nymphs flutter"
by Candace Turner

"Colors of autumn reflected in the silent stream"
Autumn Reminder
by Mark Fleisher

Ekphrastic Prompt For December 2022

 Tumwater Colors

"I was cozily napping under Grandma’s Bluebell quilt"
Rooftop Visitor
by Gay Williford

"A voice like the wind told her "
Acrostic for Autumn
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

"We zigzagged thru sunsets amber air"
Memories of Michael
by Candace Turner

"Quilt the remnants of her storms"
Eyes Wide Open
by Marcel A. Duclos

"I watch the winds whip leaves toward windows"
Crucial Decisions
by Gail Denham

Poetry Prompt For December 2022

Fall Glory

The Color of Prayer: Poems on Rembrandt Painting the Bible
by James Green
Reviewed by Michael Escoubas

Leave It Raw
by Shakira Croce
Reviewed by Michael Escoubas

Chronicle of Lost Moments
by Lara Dolphin
Reviewed by Michael Escoubas

Natural Philosophies
by Michael J. Leach
Reviewed by Thelma T. Reyna, Ph.D.

The Incidental Marshman
By Mervyn Linford
Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater

 Ripples into the Light

Publisher: Kelsay
Alice in Wonderland
by Paul Buchheit

Publisher: Poetry Society of Colorado, Steuben Press
Centennial Anthology 
edited by Susan Rocco-McKeel & Curtis Pierce


Opening Eden’s Gate: An Interview with Sheri Lindner
Interviewed by Neil Leadbeater

Gold Reflections

Enticing to nibble yet not so compelling as to satiate
Rosemary Roasted Cashews 
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Chewy or crisp the perfect ginger snap
Grammy's Ginger Snap Cookies
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Make a special luncheon treat the next day
Leftover Thanksgiving Dinner Sliders
from the holiday kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St.John

A one dish wonder to disguise the leftover turkey!
Leftover Turkey Casserole
from the holiday kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Stave off the chill of Winter with this delicious beverage 
Coconut Lattes
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St.John

 Midnight Glow

Vandana Bajikar


Fall Glory


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