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Mindful Harvest by Jude Deluca

Many believe you’re expected to give up your heart to the land, but that’s nonsense. The land doesn’t care about your heart. It cares about your mind.

Every 18 seasons, it’s time to harvest. The best and brightest, cleverest and smartest, are gathered at the old mill in the heart of the woods. Sweet potential lovingly tended within gardens of bone are offered to the land with a swing of the ax.

As the earth feeds on strong minds, the headless bodies dance a mad dance in celebration of their duties successfully completed. The heart freed from the mind.

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like pretty tulips by linda m. crate

everything has been hard and heavy, as of late; in my world and the world at large— so yesterday i was drinking in small wonders like pretty tulips dancing out

What I Can Offer You by Rich Orloff

I cannot fix your pain I cannot solve your problem I can’t prevent the sorrow you’re feeling Or even guarantee I’ll make you smile However, because I’ve known Joy embracing

by Natalye Childress

*this poem is in .jpg to preserve formatting *this is the unformatted text of the poem after rainer maria rilke you, the poet, have become world weary, word-wrought. and god

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Orchards of Udders by Jon Wesick

dripped on the blanket while air rustled tamarind trees. Chekhov drank a Thai iced tea and plummeted out of this poem. A flock of circles twittered in the hacksaw bushes


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