…Beginnings, Endings…

A poem
by Barbara Turney Wieland
Pebbles under my tongue
Looking for anything
a taste, a meditation, a pose,
any message
out-lined on the shore
naturally realized; to lie
down like a memory
horizon released at dusk like
a darkness which is like
no other
watching stars in the mornings
permanently crumbling
beginnings, endings
always the same
pebbles underfoot slick
immersed in summer
forgetting the sins of winter
winter iced over
fingers twitching
patched and treacherous paths
toes go blue
scars go purple, lips
puckered with things they cannot tell
letting go of the tails of stars
complexion relenting
lull reactivating fires
after heart-stopping cold
a warm place to rest
pebbles under tongue
water’s warm
toes go pink again
plumping up toward the next place
gasping for breath and
finding it
Barbara Turney Wieland is an artist/painter who always described herself as “a frustrated writer who paints instead.” She finally found the courage and inspiration to start gathering the words that have been ever-present inside her head and started putting them to paper about a year ago. Satisfied, she can now say that she has begun to be published too. ( Mulberry Fork review / Threelinepoetry / Rat’s Ass Review )

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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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