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Halcyon Days - 2022 Issue 27 | 1
Halcyon Days 2022—Issue 27
Founder, Monique Berry | Hamilton On Canada
Time’s Woven Garden 8
Fall Colors 7
The Street Fair 10
The Coming of Fall 11
The Peacefulness of Fall 13
The Inquisitive 6
Like a Sip of Wine 5
Door County, Wisconsin 3
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Halcyon Days Magazine
Publisher | Designer: Monique Berry
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Door County, Wisconsin
hanks due to my sister for the images
Spring excursion spoiled by the icy wind
that leaves everyone shaking,
even at lunch in a clean but unheated barn.
Gusts whistle through cracks
in these timbered walls
dishearten our souls, winter-weary.
Yet marsh marigolds
are abloom in the creeks,
the spring peepers’ chorus resounds.
Spring is more hardy than we.
She ignores this late cold
and proceeds with her work.
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Like a Sip of Wine
As this day of blues,
golden leaves, autumn air
swirled around us,
I gathered it.
I took in the fragrance of moist earth,
felt the smooth touch of your skin.
I noted the movement of your hand
as you pointed to silver spiderwebs drifting by.
Your voice resonant
as you described the falling leaves.
Half a moon, half a year,
half a life recedes.
Shadows of clouds,
reflections on water,
a whippoorwill’s call
This time stays.
Your image comes to me
like a sip of wine
reminds me to dance,
opens my laughter,
Closes the space
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I take a walk
through the windy
At the longest street’s end,
a white, square house looms.
I see neat-mown front lawns,
houses with drawn shades,
and orange clouds
in dusky sky.
as the downed leaves
scatter and rustle.
I walk through the neighborhood,
glance at windows and doors,
wonder about the many faces
It is easy to feel like a spy
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Paint the landscape
Images of imagination
In crimson and gold
Echoes of the past
Fade into the future
A prelude of tomorrow
Held in a hand of leaves
Tiny drops of dew
Like frosting on a cake
Glistening at sunrise
To awaken the day
Warming the soul
Wrapped in a blanket
Of fall colors
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Time’s Woven Garden
I want to be the flower
petal that grazes your chin,
the stem that holds me
closer to you, the center
where my love unfolds;
our hearts in the rhythm of
the wind, and together we
free our souls. I praise
the morning light, time’s
woven garden for our
union, the gentle caress
of the sun as my petals
find the curve of your chin
and we live in a world of
blissful tomorrows, our
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that split second
the liminal space
as a dream is ending
and the mind awakens
when the water’s surface
bubbles, bows, and
an egg cracks
and a beak
through the shell
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The Street Fair
A cool breeze
Drifted through the window screen
Refreshing the air
After the hot summer morning
The street fair
That had been a diversion
On a scale of one to ten
Through booths lining Main Street
Of paintings, photos and jewelry
To be placed on a shelf
To be hung on a wall
Pursing the assemblage of art forms
To be hung on a chain ‘round the neck
Then retreating to their apartment
Enjoying the day
After the luxury of their home town street fair
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The Coming of Fall
The coming of fall
Waiting in anticipation
Of cool, crisp days
And golden hues
Mixed with yellow, orange and red
Fallen leaves and pine needles
Carpeting the ground
As the days shorten
And the night sky seems iridescent
Closets transform as wardrobes change
The earth tones of fall fabrics
Bringing comfort to the body and the soul
As the earth itself enwraps the season
And the energy of the world populations
From the lowest to highest forms of life
Prepare for the winter ahead
Yet still bask in the pleasures of fall
The comforts of the aromas of cooking
And pine scented air
The new beginnings of the seasonal life
Of cultural and societal transitions
Symbolized by the coming of fall
As the evening of the year
Flows gently forward
Like flocks of birds migrating
On the currents of fall
Wrapped in a blanket of crimson and gold
The seasons change
And the cool, crisp air
Floats over the landscape
Bringing harmony to the earth
And tranquility to life
With the coming of fall
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The Peacefulness of Fall
Falling leaves in various shades and hues
A metamorphosis of colors
Bountiful and bold to subtle and refined
The plumage of a peacock
Transformed by Mother Nature
Into a tapestry of autumn
The revitalizing energy of cooling air
Awakening the spirit of the harvest
The fall festivals of gastronomic delights
To quench the thirst and satisfy hunger
With a bountiful repast
Carnivals for children
Rides and amusements
While lovers walk hand in hand
Along leaf strewn paths
A time to reflect on another horizon
As each dawn and sunset
Reveals the multitudinous future
Of fall’s evolution of seasons
And the peacefulness of fall
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Bobbi Sinha-Morey's poetry has appeared in a wide variety of places such as Plainsongs,
Perene’s Fountain, The Wayfarer, Helix Magazine, Miller’s Pond, The Tau, Vita Brevis,
Cascadia Rising Review, Old Red Kimono, and Woods Reader. Her books of poetry are
available at Amazon.com and her work has been nominated for The Best of the Net Anthology in
2015, 2018, 2020, and 2021 as well as having been nominated for The Pushcart Prize in 2020.
Bruce Levine is a 2019 Pushcart Prize Poetry nominee, a 2021 Spillwords Press Awards winner
and the Featured Writer in WestWard Quarterly Summer 2021. Over three hundred of his works
are published on over twenty-five on-line journals including Ariel Chart, Spillwords, Literary
Yard; in over seventy print books including Tipton Poetry Journal, Halcyon Days and Founder’s
Favourites and his shows have been produced in New York and around the country. Visit him
Glory Cumbow (they/them) is a writer living in North Carolina. They work as a strategist helping other writers to
get their work published. They are dedicated to the arts and work with local theatres and sing in their community
choir. When they’re not writing, they enjoy traveling, catching live shows, visiting art museums, and volunteering
with Charlotte Pride. You can see more of their writing at glorythepoet.wordpress.com.
Heather Sager lives in Illinois, USA. Her most recent poetry appears in Poetry Pacific, The
Bluebird Word, Setu, morphrog, Magma, Otoliths, Highland Park Poetry's Odes anthology, and
more. Heather also writes fiction, most recently for The Fabulist and others.
Linda Hughes has Oklahoma roots and now lives in the wonderland of Florida. I absorb
sunshine and poetry, enjoy painting on the lanai, meditating under palms, running here and there.
I love being surprised by the animals that wander out of the jungle and pass through my world.
My work has been published in The American Journal of Nursing's (AJN) Art of Nursing,
Humana Obscura, Plainsongs,The Evening Street Review and others.
Sharon Whitehall is a retired English professor from West Michigan now living in Port
Charlotte, Florida. In addition to poems published in various literary magazines, her
publications include two scholarly biographies, two memoirs, two poetry chapbooks, and a
full collection of poems.
Thanks for reading
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