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Art by K. J. Hannah Greenberg © 2020

Iris’s musings as a single mother


by Diane Sahms


If a (wo)man fears death, (s)he shall be saved

by (her)his poems.

—Mark Stand (19352014, Poet)




Alarm clock’s silent, glaring red digits

matchsticks in a burning row and Iris—

repeatedly, involuntarily—

waking up to striking ones / 1s as if


Numerology’s 11:11

meant either an auspicious sign or spirit’s

presence or even a spiritual awakening,

then 1:11. Is the universe


trying to get Iris’s attention?

Rock pile pillow. Tossing and turnings

between waves of white cap sheets. It was as

though the rocking chair she nursed each baby in


was magically moved to the head of the table.

Iris was it: Single mother with kids.

Clichés: bread winner; one who brings home the bacon.

Her flashing mother entering in nightmare,


lightning panic, screaming: Trump will be taking

away our houses, health care, jobs, social

security. Iris flies above morning thoughts,

otherworldly. Leaving for work on car’s


windshield, three fallen unhatched crows—

embryos, undeveloped skeletons, wingless—

omen? Iris shattering, broken egg pieces,

her meditating mind unloosening


fringe, aimlessly blowing in June’s wind.




Diane Sahms is a Philadelphia Poet and four collections of her poetry have been published, most recently, The Handheld Mirror of the Mind, released by Kelsay Books in 2018. Diane’s poems have been widely published in the small and electronic press. She is the poetry editor of North of Oxford. Her website ishttp://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/

On YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Diane+Sahms-Guarnieri

Word Press: https://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com

KJ Hannah Greenberg captures the world in words and images. Her latest photography portfolio is 20/20: KJ Hannah Greenberg Eye on Israel. Her most recent poetry collection is Mothers Ought to Utter Only Niceties (Unbound CONTENT, 2017). Her most recent fiction collection is the omnibus, Concatenation (Bards & Sages Publishing, 2018).

Recently, Hannah’s seventh short story collection was published by Bards and Sages Publishing.

The publisher writes: "Bards and Sages Publishing is pleased to bring readers Walnut Street, our seventh short story collection by KJ Hannah Greenberg. Greenberg’s flair for the peculiar and eclectic shines through in this collection of over fifty flash and short fiction works featuring anthropomorphic starship pilots, angsty authors, strange neighbors, and more."

Walnut Street is available on Amazon:


Volumes One through Five of the KJ Hannah Greenberg Short Story Collection at 50% off the list in an exclusive bundle only at 


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