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Regret
Bernadette O'Callaghan

Don’t tell Robert Frost,
But I took the traveled road.
Turns out he was right.

Bernadette O’Callaghan lives in Old Bennington, Vermont. This is her first publication.




(Cold Hard) Truth
Michael Burke

To winterish winds
Why this shy ambivalence?
Make certain your chills.

Michael Burke is a senior at Boston College High School. He is amazed by life and has a feeling he always will be.




December
Rose Kowaliw

Snowfall covered roads
barren trees scrape leaden skies
winter has arrived.

Perfect Night
Rose Kowaliw

Snow, sleet, freezing rain
glowing embers smoldering
burgundy and you.

Rose Kowaliw is drawn to the sparse beauty of a Haiku like the tides are drawn to the moon.




Ghost Tag
Michael Seese

a war with shadows
how to measure victory?
children play ghost tag


shards in the mind's eye
reflections of a past life
sun glints on razor wire

Michael Seese is an information security professional by day. Or, as his son could say even at age three, "Daddy keeps people's money safe." He has published four books: The Secret World Of Gustave Eiffel, Haunting Valley, Scrappy Business Contingency Planning, and Scrappy Information Security, not to mention a lot of flash fiction, short stories, and poems. Other than that, he spends his spare time rasslin' with three young'uns. Visit www.michaelsees.com to laugh with him or at him.




Frozen Jewelry
Lois Elaine Heckman

Ice beads fringe branches;
winds swirl them into bracelets‐
winter’s adornments.

Ice Curtain
Lois Elaine Heckman

Gelid guillotine:
your silence drops and severs
the was from the is.

Winter Artist
Lois Elaine Heckman

Camouflaged gardens,
ferns painted on window panes—
frost’s magic brushwork.

Lois Elaine Heckman is from Los Angeles and now lives in Milan, Italy. Her works have been in previous issues of Boston Literary Magazine and also appear in Tilt-a-Whirl, Shot Glass Journal, New Verse News, Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Persimmon Tree, and others. She won the 2010 New England Shakespeare Festival Rubber Ducky Sonnet Contest and placed in the Poetry on the Lake Competition, in 2012 and 2013, and the Hungry Hill Poetry Prize in 2012. Her chapbook, “Out of Nowhere” (White Violet Press), was published by Kelsay Books in 2013.







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