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Halcyon Days - 2022 Issue 27 | 1

Halcyon Days 2022—Issue 27

Founder, Monique Berry | Hamilton On Canada


Bobbi Sinha-Morey

Time’s Woven Garden 8

Bruce Levine

Fall Colors 7

The Street Fair 10

The Coming of Fall 11

The Peacefulness of Fall 13

Glory Cumbow

Patience 9

Heather Sager

The Inquisitive 6

Linda Hughes

Like a Sip of Wine 5

Sharon Whitehall

Door County, Wisconsin 3

Cover Image: Dina—stock.adobe.com

Nicola Simeoni—stock.adobe.com

Halcyon Days Magazine

ISSN: 2291-0255

Frequency: Quarterly

Publisher | Designer: Monique Berry

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Door County, Wisconsin

Sharon Whitehall

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.

Lane Erickson—stock.adobe.com

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Like a Sip of Wine

Linda Hughes

As this day of blues,

golden leaves, autumn air

swirled around us,

moved through,

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

slide away.

This time stays.

Your image comes to me

like a sip of wine

across time,

reminds me to dance,

opens my laughter,

Closes the space

between us.


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The Inquisitive

Heather Sager

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.

The streetlights


as the downed leaves

scatter and rustle.

I walk through the neighborhood,

glance at windows and doors,

wonder about the many faces

behind them.

It is easy to feel like a spy

in autumn.

Alain Grandemange—stock.adobe.com

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Fall Colors

Bruce Levine

Fall colors

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

Lingering mem’ries

Warming the soul

Wrapped in a blanket

Of fall colors


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Time’s Woven Garden

Bobbi Sinha-Morey

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

eternal Eden.

PUNTOSTUDIOFOTO Lda—stock.adobe.com

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Glory Cumbow

that split second







the liminal space

as a dream is ending








and the mind awakens

to dawn


when the water’s surface


bubbles, bows, and







an egg cracks

and a beak





through the shell


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The Street Fair

Bruce Levine

A cool breeze

Drifted through the window screen

Refreshing the air

After the hot summer morning

The street fair

That had been a diversion

Radiating energy

On a scale of one to ten

Rambling moments

Through booths lining Main Street

Bountiful displays

Of paintings, photos and jewelry

Harvesting mem’ries

To be placed on a shelf

Iconographic images

To be hung on a wall

Seasonal tourists

Pursing the assemblage of art forms

Silver reflections’

To be hung on a chain ‘round the neck

Residents abjuring

Then retreating to their apartment

Enjoying the day

After the luxury of their home town street fair

Yevhen Paramonov—Pixabay.com

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The Coming of Fall

Bruce Levine

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

Piotr Krzeslak—stock.adobe.com

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The Peacefulness of Fall

Bruce Levine

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

Erika Norris—stock.adobe.com

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Contributor Bios

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

at www.brucelevine.com

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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