Table of Contents
A Day In the
One September Morning
Brian G. Ross
Reading Between the Lines
Snapshots of the Ordinary
The Train to Pennsylvania
735 Miles to Nootka Island
Nicholas D. Klacsanzky
Al Fresco Cafe Poems #125
Al Fresco Cafe Poems #127
Memo to Italy
Rain, Your Words, and the Agony...
The Unspoken Eloquence of the Sword
Three Shades of Grey
Eman Reharno Jeman
Graffiti, and Drawings
Madia Krisnadi Widodo
Media and Digital Art
You Don't Haffi Dread To Be Rasta, This Is Not A Dreadlocks Thing,
Divine Conception From Tha Heart -Morgan Heritage
No thought of cosmetology.
Once a symbol of renewal
And pride for a lost world’s jewel;
John the Baptist,
And Bob Marley.
Now a rat’s nest.
Black hole of cosmetology.
It stands renewed in the present
As a statement of forced acceptance;
Every hippie at Banaroo,
And Sideshow Bob.
Straggly, wiry brown hair
Clasping to straw like matted strings.
All fastened to a greasy scalp
By freshly excreted solid vines of protein.
Full locks lie in a haystack
Of the loose unclean amino deposits
Like recently delivered animal excrement
Lying on a dying bed of St. Augestine.
Smells arise from the pile of chaos.
Beeswax, sweat, and stale cigarette smoke
Mix in Tallahassee’s Fall air,
And then permeate
Causing a sent like an unholy
Fragrant oil being doused on a piece
Of brimstone in the depths of hell.
Tosh wore his dreads as an anti-societal stance,
And his resistance swayed as he sang and he danced.
Now hippies simply wear them to get a second glance,
False facades of rebellion from a generation entranced.
So I stare at this wretched pile that is self-made,
And wonder if Marley would now sport a fade,
Since the statement he made has now been betrayed.
DAVID SNYDER is a product of South Florida. He now lives in Broward County with his wife Samantha and son Dante, where he teaches Language Arts and Creative Writing. A graduate of Florida State's Creative Writing program, David is currently working on his first novel,
Blueprint of an American Relationship. His hobbies include spending time with his beloved family, getting tattooed, and playing poker.