Schism By Gannon Quietly bathed in subjugated sunlight, green dream-clouds crown the great father-oak. An over-size shadow conceals a timeless torso, in turn, a hollow fist (not hand). It splits at the wrist. Scurry-some fingers beetle beneath this pleasant land and now, excommunicated and scattered, all tapered into obscure outposts of secession, they ignite, too far fallen from the branch. Soon By Palmer For untold time, I toiled in sweat With only her in mind I worked and strove, in priceless debt To pay her deeds in kind At the pier on sunset's spring I searched for strength inside To give my cherished ruby ring For the girl to be my bride As I knelt with my one request I peered into her face With my fervor at last confessed I welcomed her warm embrace Night was born, moon was blue As we waltzed in starlight haze The romance felt, a love so true She returns a violet gaze The girl with eyes of amethyst Endowed in scarlet hair With her palm on my cheek, she firmly kissed And bedazzled me with her stare _______________________________ Time had stopped, space was still An affinity had begun Yearning for love, the tender will For our hearts to beat as one The bond we shared was all that mattered Forgetting all our fears But in a blink, our bliss was shattered As it smoldered into tears Malevolence near, a repulsive scent A groggy drunken fellow Teetering tipsy with malicious intent Wielding an edged stiletto Lancing his blade towards my wife I take his dagger away Into his chest, I thrust this knife I shall save her, come what may! Red was spilled, flesh dispersed But the blood was not my own Stained on me, smeared and cursed For a lifetime to atone Behind the hollow bars I slept To breathe concrete as air In my heart, her smile I kept And nothing else was there _______________________________ Seasons passed as I regret the mistake From spring to blanched winter The prick in my chest, a tormenting ache It was nothing but a splinter Fifty years, in walls encased And at last they've set me free But the love I devote has not been erased Unfaltering like a tree My bride, my bride, where is she now? Oh did she yield to time? Has she forsaken the eternal vow And shunned me for my crime? I look high and low to find Juliet Not knowing where to go I reminisce a mem'ry I could not forget The pier from long ago At that pier on sunset's spring A woman sings alone Admiring the glint of a ruby ring And the radiant sun that shone She waits until the stars adorn As she glances at the moon A cerulean crescent, is tonight reborn Saying, "I shall meet him soon."