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Happenstance-Fiction by Michael Stewart
You Were Supposed to Be-Flash Fiction by Bill Baber
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Swimmer-Flash Fiction by Mark Cotton
Wordsmith-Poem by Meg Baird
Hey, Aunt Libby-Poem by Alex Salinas
Three Colors-Poem by Melissa Dobson
The Ladderites-Poem by David Spicer
My Kind-Poem by Brian Rihlmann
Night Colors-Poem by Luis Berriozabal
Doc's Death-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
Gopher-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
A Hot Summer Night After Wine-Poem by Michael Keshigian
Conception-Poem by Michael Keshigian
Married Life-Poem by Michael Keshigian
Sea World-Poem by Robert Halleck
Early Morning at a Friend's House in 1972-Poem by Robert Halleck
Pelican Bay-Poem by Robert Halleck
Right Through the Heart-Poem by David Boski
Sky Burials-Poem by David Boski
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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2019

Early Morning at a Friend’s House in 1972


by Robert Halleck



The mowers begin.

I wake up with the Blues.

It is 8 AM.

In the chilly room I smoke and watch the smoke rise.

For an hour I read Atlas Shrugged, still in love

with Dagny Taggart. Strong women are interesting, rare.

                             My host and I entered

                             the night on a raft of conversation.

                             Oh, the blessed silent morning.

I pull on shorts, yesterday's shirt and go downstairs.

Not yet fully awake I make coffee, smoke another cigarette,

eat last night's pizza, finish a beer, a rye and flat soda.

                             My host stirs upstairs, comes down

                             with his cat, sends me to the bakery.

I have not written a poem in a week. That will end today,

tomorrow? I remind myself life is marvelous. Most likely

this will not be the day I was looking for but it will be

the day I have.




Robert Halleck is a retired banker living in Del Mar, California with his muse, Della Janis. He has been writing poetry since 1958. Poetry is more than a hobby but it does not crowd out other activities such as golf, autocross racing, and caregiving through Stephen Ministries. His poetry has appeared in Chiron, Yellow Mama, Third Wednesday, and Main Street Rag. He is a member of San Diego's Not Dead Yet Poets and hopes to continue as a member for a long time.

Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2019