Thoughts after Samuel Palmer (1805-1881) By Bud "Weasel" Rice Everywhere curious, articulate, perfect and inimitable ... nature does ... leave a space for the soul to climb above her steepest summits. As, in her own dominion, she swells from herring to leviathan, from the shelly hodmandod to th' elephant, to the divine and true, to th' radiant, heavenly eye of God. I can't but think this world a setting of the table right before the feast, through which her features dimly smile in peace and love, creation but an antepast and dish, a prologue to the dream about to come of grand eternity's proscenium. Sonnet By Wilude Scabere Let me not to the marriage of two souls, a man and woman tied eternally, as time around them rages in its throes, do aught but gaze in awe most earnestly upon their physical commitment; for, they've linked themselves together for all time, and left childhood behind for something more, allegiance to the hour, and not the mind. O, that is harder than most anything in life, devotion to a husband or a wife; because so many things do fling impediments 'gainst that embattled door. All marriage has within its arsenal are gentleness and love to fight time's squalls. In Xanadu By Si Ulec Badewre In Xanadu, did distant relative of Kubla Khan step to the threshold of the age that he had stumbled on. He crossed the vast Kazakhistan, outcast Mongolian, and looked about that stage so strange—that steppe—in golden dawn. He tried to make sense of his time, to reach the distant sky, to ride across that gorgeous emptiness beyond his eye. He dreamed of Russia, Asia too, from China to Europe, his only hope a hunger for the vast plains to erupt. He cried out in a language that would modify the World, and it poured out through all the souls in which it had been hurled. This View From Westminster Bridge By Basil Drew Eseu Earth does have fairer things than this view from Westminster Bridge, where Big Ben sits with Beth upon dull, brown Thames River's edge, where one can see the big, white circle's O, the London Eye, as it lifts people from the ground and loops them through the sky. Around are cluttered buildings, bridges, boats and bits of trees, all brilliant in the sun, though dismal in the rainy breeze. If ever one would call it touching, then one would be touched; to capture its significance requires Double Dutch; and having only English in a very English place, I best be still and seem asleep, and leave without a trace. The Man Working Hard Not to Work By Des Wercebauli I saw him sitting on the job, his black boots spread out wide. It looked like he was taking everything in life in stride. His jaw was slack, his mouth ajar, but he was not alseep; in fact it seemed as if he'd fallen in to something deep. It looked like he was working hard to not work hard at all. I could not help but gaze in awe at one so jarred, asprawl. How could he sit there doing hardly anything but that, and yet be next to falling over, down, out-stretched and flat? I watched him there not working on my car parked in the shop, until the scales from my eyes* began to droop and drop. *"scales from my eyes began to droop and drop" is an allusion to Acts 9:18 by Luke: "Immediately something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again." The Canvas of Reality By Red Was Iceblue It was a world that still is here, but vanished too. It's gone. It is the rewind of a life that one was once up on. The highways one was riding down, the alleys that one walked, black coat, dark tee shirt, and dark pants, the steps one took, one stalked. What was he doing there? Where was he going? Who was he? The city lights at night—kaleidoscope cacophony. What did it mean—the traffic, sirens, brakes, the many souls? Why were they thus in this strange pattern? Who were all these folks? It was a blur of blue and red, of yellow, green and white, vibrating atoms in a rush and crush of signs and light. Bruce Dale Wise is a poet living in Washington State. He often writes under anagrammatic pseudonyms. Featured Image: “A Dream in the Appenine" by Samuel Palmer, 1864.