Poetry Prompt #15 by Rita Marie Recine

poetry prompt: poison
Never has there been a story with so much woe as Juliette and Romeo

Two  families both similar in their dignity The Montagues and the Capulets
from  a feud  which began before they may  have been born
generation to generation it may be
when Romeo and Juliette were born , this grudge had already partaked
the Montague’s and Capulet’s wanted friction among their young children
this was not so..
romeo and Juliette two lovers who met at plain sight
romeo of the Montague arrived at Capulet ball ..monumental and tall
In order to have him Young Juliette would do all.

Romeo, having a short lived relationship with Juliette’s cousin Rosalie
which she had no interest, realized she was not right
the foes. Together they did not mend, led the lovers to end their life
Juliette was Romeo’s wife

the grudge led romeo  taking his own life
misinformed about his wife..sleeping temporarily
the lovers were treated harsh and unfairly
Upon Juliette’s awakening she sees her beloved on the floor with poison dead
her broken heart was unable  to mend
her true love was gone
Taking  the empty vial in her hands, drank a drop
did not stop
no reaction to this action
Juliette kissed his warm lips.

pain was too deep, together forever with romeo she wanted to sleep
many great things end in tragedy
unable to live without the other

and put it to her chest .. where she too died.
Together forever Romeo and Juliet
many believe that love conquers all
daytime their light … heavens they would say
darkness  was their night
love and light
Young Romeo and Juliette
Romeo had Juliette
Death became their reality
together in eternity
the vendetta  had ended.not without a price
Their once cherished children, together they peris

3 poems from Stefanie Bennett

THE THAW    [Stefanie Bennett]
A dam is opening its gates in your eyes …
     The snow on your eyelashes has melted.
     You are visualising some lost country.
     A lone thought like a passing love twinges.
     Our time has gone sour.
Perhaps that blackbird at the window-pane
Signifies what I can’t explain:
     A dam
     Its gates …
HORSE SENSE    [Stefanie Bennett]
My dear Romulus, I must
Concur… all
These little wars
Are too cute
By far
For a pedestrian’s
Inner sanctum.
When in Rome, do
‘Remus’ –.
THE LITERARY LIFE   [Stefanie Bennett]
Beside the back-yard
Rain barrel
The sallow
Blue dog
And gardenia
       … Hope
Stefanie Bennett has published several books of poetry, a novel &
a libretto. Of mixed ancestry [Irish/Italian/Paugussett-Shawnee] she
was born in Queensland, Australia. Her latest poetry title – 2015 – is
“The Vanishing” with Walleah Press.

Salvation Under a Streetlight by Ken Allan Dronsfield

Salvation Under a Streetlight     by Ken Allan Dronsfield

as an old song with no name

such is the soul without purpose

dancing in Broadway musicals as

Gene Kelly sings in the autumn rain

fleabag hotels line the main strip

rooms for rent by the night or hour

blue lights flashing in a neon haze

hookers work the red light district

shaky be those on a red eye flight

baggage claim dead to a ticking clock

waiting are those for a final destination

praying for salvation under a streetlight.


Ken Allan Dronsfield is a published poet and author originally from New Hampshire, now residing in Oklahoma. He loves thunderstorms, walking in the woods at night, and spending time with his cats Merlin and Willa. He is the co-editor of the poetry anthology titled, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze available at Amazon.com. His published work can be found in reviews, journals, magazines and anthologies throughout the web and in print venues including: The Burningword Journal, Indiana Voice Journal, The Literary Hatchet Magazine, Belle Reve Journal, Peeking Cat Magazine, The Australia Times, Bewildering Stories, Aquill Relle, Members Anthology, Book 6, Literature Today, Volume 5, Poetic Melodies  and Imperfect Paths Anthologies for Creative Talents Unleashed, Birdsong Anthology Vol 1, Voices of Humanity, Vol 2 Anthology, and others. Ken’s poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net for 2016.

Cash and Carry by Stefanie Bennett

021CASH AND CARRY    [Stefanie Bennett]
It’s what didn’t
Get said
That matters
Two blue jays
Out on
The flame tree’s
Stefanie Bennett has published several volumes of poetry, a novel & a libretto.
Of mixed ancestry [Italian/Irish/Paugussett-Shawnee] she was born in Qld.,
Australia. Stefanie’s latest poetry title “The Vanishing” is available from the
publisher ‘Walleah Press’ & Amazon.

Rainbow Pyramid by Maxine Kollar

Rainbow Pyramid

by Maxine Kollar

Looking at red dragons lined up on the shelf

Outside colored by their fiery inside

I wondered at the colors for people

Red people, like dragons, chili pepper words sprinkled over unsuspecting pizza’s of your day

Blue people, iced cubes of compassion in your tall glass of woes

What about orange people, no rhymes for them, lonely slices steeping in you tea

Green people with the envy cliché, curly kale leaves of bitterness, so good for you

Dressing you in

Ranch boots, baring razor sharp cheese spurs

Holding Cesar’s blades, dull but to the point

Lost on Thousands of fractured islands, unable to reunite

Frozen in Vinaigrettes of red wine memories, sour churning

Pouring heart and soul over cold comforts

And you

Sitting on a shelf

Eyes judging your color


Maxine Kollar is a wife and a mother of three. Her works have appeared in SpeckLit, Mamalode, Gravel Mag, Route 7 Review and elsewhere.

DISCOURSE – Pascal Style & Assertion by Stefanie Bennet

DISCOURSE –Pascal Style      [Stefanie Bennett]
Just because the postman
Careers by
Empty handed –
And the Linden Tree
Bears no fruit –
And friends travel
On a mistaken
Devil-may-care tide
Doesn’t mean
That the inconspicuous
One ‘in waiting’
Won’t attend
The Chekov soiree’s
Defining principle
… Of
       The first singer;
… Of
       The last song.
ASSERTION     [Stefanie Bennett]
What is it that
The outside in!
A good book.
Stefanie Bennett has published several books of poetry, a novel &
a libretto. Of mixed ancestry [Irish/Italian/Paugussett-Shawnee] she
was born in Queensland, Australia. Her latest poetry title – 2015 – is
“The Vanishing” with Walleah Press.

2 poems from Alisa Velaj

The owl’s hooting atop green trees
cannot dwindle down the anxiety of nothingness.
Every pillow of lilies holds underneath a song or a verse.
A cuckoo’s grin – a requiem onto the air’s skin!
Translated from Albanian by Arben P. Latifi
Alisa Velaj was born in the southern port town of Vlora, Albania in 1982. She has been shortlisted for the annual international Erbacce-Press Poetry Award in UK in June 2014. Velaj’s full length book of poetry A Gospel of Light is published by Aquillrellle in June 2015. Her works have appeared in more than 60 print and online international magazines, including: FourW twenty-five Anthology (Australia), The Journal (UK), The Dallas Review (USA), The Linnet’s Wings (UK), The Seventh Quarry (UK), Envoi Magazine (UK) etc etc.
Thank you for your poetic contribution Alisa 🙂  AND your patience 🙂  Poetry Pasta is honored 🙂

When Words Were Stones by Marianne Szlyk

When Words Were Stones

by Marianne Szlyk

She stands at the edge
of the river,
looking out at the flood,
its caramel color swelling
over where the stones were
last summer.

The river smells of mud
and drowned animals.
She won’t add to all that,
so she turns away, knowing
that the stone will return,
that words will, too.

 Tomorrow she will
return to the river.
Today she returns home.

Marianne says this is a first draft. I say WOW 🙂  Thank you for your poetic contribution 🙂

(from a poetry prompt by Franco Esposito)

Congratulations to everyone :)

Literature Today (Vol. 5)

Editorial note

Poetry Page no.
A.J. Huffman I Am Tribal 1
Alan P. Garfoot This One Is About You 2
Alicja Kuberska Barefoot on the Stubble 3
Ana Paula Arendt Shrine 4
Charlotte Murphy ELIZABETH 6
Claire T. Feild Bastille 7
Colin Dardis City Breathing 8
Dah Without Voice Without Living 9
Daniel Williams Valentine: I Love How You Love Me 10-11
David Anthony Sam The Nostalgia of Frisbees 12-13
David Punter Brink 14
Debra Ayis Time 15
Dianalee Velie PUNCTURED 16
DJ Tyrer So Long 17
Ellen Pickus After She Died 18
Felice Aull On the Staircase 19
G David Schwartz I Have Lost My Memory 20
Gonzalinho da Costa WINTER DAWN 21
Gregg Dotoli Spring Ivy Party 22
Helen Engelhardt SECOND SIGHT 23
Helmi Ben Meriem As I sat 24
Inas Essa Yesterday’s Delight 25
J. Tarwood A CAFÉ IN BITOLA 26
Jean L. Kreiling In Memory of a History Professor Who Died Young 28
Katharyn Howd Machan AUGUST DREAM 29-30
Ken Allan Dronsfield Hollow Memories 31
Knute Skinner Particulars 32
Laura Minning t h e l o o k i n g g l a s s 33-34
Lynn White Paris in the Spring 35-36
Maria Morrison Slipping 37
Marianne Lyon The First Kiss 38
Marianne Szlyk The Visitors 39
Marie Hanna Curran In Your Blue Hilux Truck 40
Marieta Maglas Nature 41-42
Mark A. Fisher Gate 43
Mark Frederick Baker ATLANTA LOVE 44-45
Marsha Mathews Apple Core 46-47
Mary Guckian Silver Charm 48
Matthew Duggan Memory of Spring 49
Ndaba Sibanda Convulsive Tendencies
Pauline McCaul Hide and Seek 52
Quraishiyah Durbarry ONCE MORE 53
R. W. Haynes A Not-So-Grave Gravity 54
Risto Lazarov AN OFFENCE 55
Ritamarie Recine The chronicles of life 56
Sarah Brown Weitzman THE SEA AS MEMORY 58
Seth Luke “We Drive Home From The Funeral” 59
Stanley H. Barkan I REMEMBER ELEANOR 60-61
Stefka Benisheva Glimpses of Yesterday 62
Stephen Jones Birthday Memory-Link 63
Steve Troyanovich shelley in camden
Steven Reznyk Regret 65
Sue Ellen Thompson Fernwood 66-67
Susandale Memory Fragments 68-69
Sylvia Riojas Vaughn Schoolhouse Scullery 70
Valeri Beers ancient static 71


Aine Collins Beyond Memory
Andrea McKenzie Raine Sorry I Had To 79-87
Heather Salter Dromm Haven’s Girl 92-93
Irène Kaesermann A birth, a death… 94-96
Nicholas Damion Alexander Kevin Murray 102-104
Paul Sohar SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE 1946 105-108
Tatjana Debeljacki MISTS OF JAPAN 109-110
Will Mayo Walking On Thin Ice 111-112