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Violeta Allmuca
Fred Wolven

Ann Arbor Review

is an independent

International Journal & ezine

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All rights revert back to each poet.
--editor / Southeastern Florida

AAR history note:  in print 1967 - 1980.  Irregular publications 1980 - 2004.  As ezine 2004 - present. Most of 54 years all together....


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That solitary cave man
drawing stick figures
on the wall
knew a little
about eternity
and how it one day
will remove you
from time.


     I want to lay a thousand blessings on the lonely people haunting this neighborhood, with their searching eyes and open mouths, hands that have forgotten how to grasp and every heart as empty as the 2nd of January. I want to remind them of the promise of each sunup, but platitudes redeem no one at the bottom of a well. What the lost people need is a rope to pull them up and a bucket to carry their spirit home in. I have no rope or bucket and, indeed, very little spirit of my own. But I will not insult the lonely with banality. I will give them these thousand blessings and continue on my solitary trek.


This cafe of solitary souls

offers a view
of the most beautiful,
most desolate
cathedral, with
plywood over
stained glass and
ivy climbing

At ten a.m.
a delivery arrives
from the bakery and
there is a momentary
rush on croissants,
the sweetness we missed
at Christmastime, there,
sugar glazed.

We sip our lattes
take providence
as a given
pass our Noon
online, praying
to deities
of time
and ether.


Robert Penick, Louisville, Kentucky


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