In an ongoing series, the editors, former contributors, and readers of Eclectica have been invited to write a poem containing four pre-chosen words. The words for this issue are parallel, tide, knot, and lantern.
If you would like to participate in the next special poetry assignment, the new words are sliver, sidewalk, vanish, and portent.
(These are excerpts—click on the title to view the whole poem)
black penny loafers have been known to click on marble staircases
today the moon will cover the sun, block brilliance
the way an illness might clot a woman's thoughts
Doing Laundry at a Women's Shelter
Her son asks if Green Lantern
David Mathews and Sharon Mathews
Two Word Poems
Some kinds of people think
that everyone wants what they want.
Other Me Can Sing
There is a road parallel to my own,
where other me walks along the dark woods between us.
Michael A. Van Kerckhove
For the Swimming Girls
We were goggles forgotten at home, eyes forced open underwater
diving for the lantern-bright flash of a sinking coin, the whites gone bloodshot
when we checked in the locker room mirror.
time, that last pesky knot that never comes undone
I'll slip right open with just a wide smile on the long wave
I Confide in Jane Eyre about My Divorce
it no longer matters
if we wear our hair up or down