what pushes the camellias into withering?
butterfly wings alight on tomato rust
did you remember to pat the humpback whale?
painting a dream the ocean in a glass jar
how to accept her heart is a stork nest?
from far away a small gull calls
that bath water rings time and time again?
old pond a mirror held to the clouds
how many cherry blossoms make a nation?
outside the petals a dearth of familial scent
does a cry contaminate our shared air?
the scent of white tulips after a night-long rain
what do birds dream about?
millet grains blown into open beaks
a strong south wind lifts heart expectations?
for all who fall on Jupiter's moon a grieving octopus
how many raindrops make a song?
at rainbow’s end gold leaves tinkle
the world weight burnt again by summer sun?
a white glove too red to protect her from lions
Réka Nyitrai, Bucharest, Romania
Ray Caligiuri, Beaverton, Oregon, USA