Listen by Kim Aubrey

Listen The doe grazing at wood’s edge gazes up as I slow down, entranced by her calm eyes, her jaw chewing, her refusal of fear, the power in her gentleness.   The online teacher invites us to brush air with palms and soles, to eschew control’s illusion. The yogi advises watching each thought, making space…

Why I Stopped Writing Fiction by Shane Joseph

I dug up my collection of writing since the end of February 2020. It amounts to one short story, a few blog articles like this one, and half a dozen book reviews. Pathetic. Was I stuck in the dreaded “writer’s block,” or had the tank finally run dry after 20 years of writing? Then I…

The Doves Seem to Croon Tippy Canoe Tippy Canoe by Kathryn MacDonald

The Doves Seem to Croon Tippy Canoe Tippy Canoe —Baracoa and Boca de la Miel, Cuba 1   Rain falls overnight cleansing heat and dust of day susurrus song on the pillow.   Travelling news greets morning      airlines suspending flights      a case of coronavirus at home      factories and daycares closed      the…

Pandemic Trilogy by Marie-Lynn Hammond

I. Barely Noticed spring belatedly crept up on us we barely noticed   we hauled up all the drawbridges barricaded ourselves in against the pestilence   but it invaded by stealth and left us powerless as peasants   and while we counted potatoes and washed our hands over and over and over buds swelled grass…