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Ryan J Davidson
Ryan J Davidson is a young Scotch-American who is currently living in Aomori, Japan He spends his time.
The following work is Copyright © 2005, and owned by Ryan J Davidson and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
The snake was green
and black with yellow diamond
shapes on its back It was wet
and shiny from being
in the water so long,
bent- just behind its head and just after
what I assume were its lungs,
as this was the only
part which floated- in thirds.
Rolling over and over in the freshness
of a cold river In a cul-de-sac
slammed against the rocks that‚s base would
become its grave The snake
was dead for at least an hour,
that’s how long I watched it,
but the river wouldn‚t let go.
Where Stalin stood there is now
a 60 foot metronome and rock music
that pumps out of speakers that I can’t see Beautiful should be the same in
every language, I miss being naked,
the metronome reminds me that
nothing is outside of time There is a view from the tip of the ever-
enduring now but I’ll keep that To further journeys and journeys further.
Annette Marie Hyder
Residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Annette Marie Hyder is a freelance journalist/editor and author She is Contributing Editor for Poems Niederngasse and Editor for PNG’s Pancultural Exploration of Love Her poetry has been translated into German, Italian and Spanish Her articles appear in print throughout the United States and internationally while her publishing credits encompass both print and electronic world wide web publication You can check out her new book of poems, The Consequence of Wings, at www.foothillspublishing.com
Annette sees life as a poem that is constantly altering its form to accommodate one’s world view/experiences: sometimes a sonnet, sometimes haiku, sometimes graffiti on a wall She believes that in love you should not say it with flowers, you should say it with words Diamonds, however, are always acceptable
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The following work is Copyright © 2005, and owned by Annette Marie Hyder and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
I send you postcards
because I know
that my expansive handwriting
will mean five page letters that you wont want
Prepackaged scenery/descriptives —
Aerial view —
suit you so much better
than my delight
in how Key West, seen aerially
looks like a black and white turtle
sunning itself in costume jewelry blue
and how the half circle of sand
I happen to be lying on
makes a perfect bleached smile
to all the deep dark tans
and how the many lighthouses
swing large in the Bermuda-boxer-shorts
while descendants of Ernest Hemingway’s cats still
roam his home on six-toed feet
and consider their abundant digitry
to be a god given sign of vocal talent
although no one —
not even the cats amongst themselves —
I pack all my feelings
of wild, wonder and longing into cliche
lines that wont even require a toe in the water
for your imagination —
The weather is great The scenery is beautiful Wish you were here ~Me
But I mail them postage due.