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Reading Bukowski-Poem by Bob Kokan
Preparing the Children for Grandma's Visit-Poem by John Grey
Marble-Sized Raindrops-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
Never Any Good at Magic-Poem by J. J. Campbell
Red-Poem by Meg Baird
Spigot-Poem by Otto Burnwell
Wrong-Poem by Ruth Ticktin
In the Backyard-Poem by Holly Day
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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2020



by Ruth Ticktin


I said the wrong thing to the mom

with a kid who was sick

I say he will get better

He didn't

he succumbed

also, his Mom died


I said the wrong thing to

A neighbor who loved yoga

I say didn’t work for me

because of this and that

She had worse

then the neighbor was dead


Up the narrow attic staircase

I ascend seeking warmth comfort


Hearing birds scurry across the roof,

I say make your haven from the twigs

the rains beat down above my head

I try to hide under quilts and pillows

but the bird’s nest is destroyed


Mistakes come back to haunt

Laden hard they stick

I know nothing

I must exhale


so, I say Be gone

until beating myself up

is over and done




An experienced adult educator teaching English language and creative writing, Ruth encourages sharing stories. She has coordinated, advised, and taught in Washington DC since 1977. Raised in Madison and Chicago, graduated from the University of Wisconsin, she co-authored: What's Ahead? Transitioning from Adult Education to Career (ProLingua Assoc. 2013) and published:

“Taking In” (www.englishclub.com/efl/tefl-articles/taking-in/) (12-17)

“When in High School” (RCC Muse Literary Journal) (Spring 2018)

“Brief Journey” (https://issuu.com/niveousmagazine/docs/edition_1) (9-18)

“Palma” (https://bendinggenres.com/2019/02/08/donde-crece-la-palma/)

“While Walking” (Genre Urban Arts. Print-No-7) (4-19)

“to Washington DC” (https://ThinAirMagazine.org/2019/09/30/to-washington-dc) (9-19)

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 2020