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Richard Gartee
Fahredin Shehu
Steve Barfield
Silvia Scheibli
Laszlo Slomovitz
Shutta Crum
Running Cub
Sodiq O. Alabi
Stephen Sleboda
Alan Britt
Aneek Chatterjee
John Grey
Michael Lee Johnson
Robert Nisbet
Jennifer Burd
Alica Mathias
Roo Bardookie
Gale Acuff
Alex Ferde
Fred Wolven



International Journal & ezine

Copyright (c) 2022 Francis Ferde
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 51 years all together....

Francis Ferde
Silver Grey Fox
Running Cub
Fred Wolven

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 Dust or ash
 choose now for an eternity.

 In defense of fire,
 it is a final warming
 against the chill of the universe.
 It is a last light

 for the coming dark
 The roar of the fire is the same
 as that found in the solar wind.

 The smoke is a wafting shadow
 of what used to be.
 It is a condensation,
 a shedding of gravity
 drifting away from memory
 and into the absolute.



 The Oracle


Look to the ancient East
and find old Abraham
grandfather of all mythology.
Now see the oracle
a ragged grey leper
who scavenges the outskirts of truth.
At the center of a simple straw hut
in the realm of a night’s small candle
the bone caster kneels on a floor of clay.
He leans over a mirror of the universe.
The bones clatter out into an ethical paradox.
And from that dust is found a present fact:
that long-held myths
are loved more than any truth.



 Steve Barfield, Tampa, Florida



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