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Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios

The jazz of the chainsaw wounds 
as the lop-limbed pines fold and tumble, 
their silvery needles pushing down against the air

bowing in genuflection.
The light from the newly uncovered sun 
shyly illuminates my drive

like a brief thought of unaccustomed love. 
Each year there are fewer pines,
felled by rot, disease or age

but I feel their loss 
much like the forever green 
of a lover’s back shored up

against mine, 
the indent no longer 
sculptured on his pillow. 

I will get used to this brightness
slashing an unfamiliar swath
across my drive.

I might even bless it, 
but those tall shadows—
how I will miss them!

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios
has been published in Clementine, in the "Me As A Child" series (Silver Birch Press) and in a forthcoming issue of Edison Literary Review and Kentucky Review. She also co-wrote the book "Party Line" under the name Elizabeth Kirkpatrick. She has studied with Judith Harris, Gloria Boyer, Hailey Leithauser, and Alexandra Van de Kamp. 
Elizabeth is a professor emerita from American University in Washington DC, having chaired the vocal and music departments. Vrenios’ solo recitals throughout the United States, South America, Scandinavia, Japan and Europe have been acclaimed, and as the artistic director of the Redwoods Opera Workshop in Mendocino, California, and the Crittenden Opera Workshop in Washington D.C. and Boston, she has influenced and trained students across the country. She is a member of the international Who’s Who of Musicians, and is the past National President of the National Opera Association.

Little Fools

Patricia Perry Donovan

“Don’t let Angela get to you.” My father pressed a butterscotch into my palm like a good-luck charm, then stowed my Strawberry Shortcake duffel alongside Nan’s yellowed valise in the rack overhead. When we said goodbye, I hugged him tight. 

“Relax, kiddo. It’s only a week.” Prying my fingers from his neck, he jumped off the bus and waved. 

Patricia Perry Donovan
is a journalist who writes about healthcare. She began writing fiction in 2011 and recently completed her first novel, “Deliver Her.” Her fiction has been published at Page & Spine. For more, visit her blog at https://patdonovan.wordpress.com


Marina Favila

“It’s not what we were led to believe,” the ghost said. “A hallelujah chorus or a fiery deluge. And you atheists there, for I see you plainly, you were just as wrong. It’s anything but nothingness, or those shades of gray figures crossing and crisscrossing into each other as they wait for the rapture or God or loved ones. What it is is . . . ” 

Marina Favila
is a Shakespeare professor at James Madison University. She has published on early modern drama, film, and poetry in Hellas, Modern Philology, Upstart Crow, Cahiers Elisabethains, CEA Forum, and (forthcoming) Texas Studies in Literature and Language. She has also published two short stories in Jersey Devil Press and (forthcoming) Wraparound South.

This is Where I Buried My Wives

Debra H Goldstein 

“This is where I buried my wives,” Biff said. He stared beyond the two marked graves down the hill at the orchard and lush pasture that divided the land between a few worn chicken houses and the newly fenced horse ring that abutted the main house.

“Present company excepted, I hope.”

Judge (ret.) Debra H. Goldstein is the author of
Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Player's Murder Mystery (Five Star-February 2016), 2012 IPPY Award-winning Maze in Blue, and numerous short stories. She is a Sisters-in-Crime Guppy Member-at-Large, Vice-President of the Alabama Writers Conclave, and serves on several civic boards in Birmingham, Alabama. Debra is married to Joel Goldstein and has four children.