On the Winter Solstice Winter Winter cold and crass Winter Winter old the grass Fast we go across the field Massed the snow and frost to wield Night of rest abed when tired Light and fest and sled and fire Caryatids At lunch I sat and humbly viewed, A carven image, unsubdued, A lofty sight, which merited, Attention toward, a caryatid. Molded column, staring straight, Women holding cares of weight, Slightly gray, beyond complaint, Night and day, not fond or faint. Photo by Jason Gaul West of France Western French, sequester far Resting Sun and blessed star Gently glowing by the pine Spent but beau with mensch and wine God of gloaming, Christ of light Geist of home and trodden flight Beau: fair (French) Mensch: honorable person (Yiddish) Geist: spirit (German) Photo by Ryan Gibson The Seamless Man The seamless fellow's time would come, The decent man of mild aplomb, Not of grandeur, not too loud, The finer brand, the man unbowed Emily DiDonato Ice of green to gaze upon Emerald, jade, and grassy lawn Platinum swath of Emily Paints a path upon the sea Neal Dachstadter is a poet living in Tennessee. His work has been printed in Decanto Poetry Magazine (UK), Western Viewpoints and Poetic Images: the Great American West (Woodinville, Washington), Society of Classical Poets Journal 2015 (Mt Hope, New York), Rocky Point Times (Puerto Peñasco, Mexico) and The Lyric (Jericho, Vermont). A member of the Demosthenian Literary Society at the University of Georgia, he deployed to Hawija, then wrote on Lookout Mountain, continuing with Delta Kappa Epsilon International. Berkeley, Ann Arbor, and Athens encouraged him as a writer. In 2015 he wrote in Arizona at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument five miles north of Mexico.