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A Turn for the Worse-Flash Fiction by Maria Espinosa
Rain-Flash Fiction by J. Brooke
Specter-Poem by Chad Haskins
Blue Ghost-Poem by Michael Keshigian
Unfathomable Rhapsody of Psychosis-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
Late, Late-Poem by J. L. Hoy
One for the Road, I Guess-Poem by Jennifer Lemming
Edge of Nowhere-Poem by Robert Beveridge
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Without-Poem by John Grey
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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2018

BLUE GHOST

 

by Michael Keshigian

 

 

Her eyes

and the lake

are his memories,

cobalt images of clarity

and purity, running deep.

It was in this cove

where the black-spotted loon

dove head first

into the heart of blue,

attracting the tender pulse

of her affection

inciting her

to follow the creature

into the watery sweep

tangled with milfoil

that snarled her hair

while the checkered fowl

dutifully hunted

for its young.

Her blue eyes wide,

blended eventually

with the ripple of current

that swept beneath the surface.

He visited that cove often thereafter,

especially those days

where the sun’s gleam

highlighted the blue ghost

within the restless ripples

that will forever

wrap him in riddles.

 

 

 

Michael Keshigian’s twelfth poetry collection, Into the Light, was released in April, 2017 by Flutter Press. He has been published in numerous national and international journals, including Oyez Review, Red River Review, Sierra Nevada College Review, Oklahoma Review, and Chiron Review.  He has appeared as feature writer in over twenty publications, with six Pushcart Prize and two Best of the Net nominations. (michaelkeshigian.com)

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018