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“Empty Nest” by Cristine A. Gruber

I miss the summer evenings

when you came home warm,

a lightness to your step,

a smile a glance away,

a clear twinkle, a lighter air.

 

There was more noise in summer,

though we never thought of it

as such. It was merely the vitality

that season brings, resonating

throughout the hills and valleys.

 

Winter is quieter, and colder too.

We walk through the frost

in black and white moods,

hugging frozen sweaters

to freezing extremities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cristine A. Gruber has had work featured in “North American Review,” “Writer’s Digest,” “Writers’ Journal,” “The Endicott Review,” “The Penwood Review,” “Thema,” and “Westward Quarterly.” She has been a featured poet in Writer’s Digest for National Poetry Month. Cristine studied Literature, Philosophy, and World Religions at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. She is a member of The California State Poetry Society and The Poetry Society of America. Her first full-length collection of poetry, “Lifeline,” was released by Infinity Publishing and is available from Amazon.com. Cristine loves great pasta and fine wine, long walks, and good books. She continues to reside in Southern California and has two grown children.

“Dispute” by Cristine A. Gruber

Even the chair I am paired with feels tense,

like a friend who has just been told she must

make a decision and pick a side in the ensuing

disagreement between mutual loved ones.

 

The small folding table in front of me is

equally anxious, the skinny two-part legs

almost visibly shaking in anticipation

of being knocked against the distant wall.

 

The rug at my feet feels taut against me,

as if a trampoline lurks beneath,

ready to spring forth and throw me,

should I come too close to revealing the

impending truth of the argument to follow.

 

And the air in the room is conspiring as well,

rising up to grip my sandpaper throat,

loosening my tongue at the worst possible time,

and attacking my eyes, which would otherwise be dry.

 

Only you remain unaffected by the imminent dispute,

remaining calmly at your computer,

while your desk, screen, keyboard, and mouse,

all bristle in sympathy for the tension in the air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cristine A. Gruber has had work featured in “North American Review,” “Writer’s Digest,” “Writers’ Journal,” “The Endicott Review,” “The Penwood Review,” “Thema,” and “Westward Quarterly.” She has been a featured poet in Writer’s Digest for National Poetry Month. Cristine studied Literature, Philosophy, and World Religions at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. She is a member of The California State Poetry Society and The Poetry Society of America. Her first full-length collection of poetry, “Lifeline,” was released by Infinity Publishing and is available from Amazon.com. Cristine loves great pasta and fine wine, long walks, and good books. She continues to reside in Southern California and has two grown children.

“Veracity” by Cristine A. Gruber

The deception

you carry

on your chest

 

like an accessory

has grown and developed

to create new life on its own.

 

The sudden freedom

makes you think

you have won for a time,

 

as you walk back

to your humble starting point,

weaving a tale with no end in sight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cristine A. Gruber has had work featured in “North American Review,” “Writer’s Digest,” “Writers’ Journal,” “The Endicott Review,” “The Penwood Review,” “Thema,” and “Westward Quarterly.” She has been a featured poet in Writer’s Digest for National Poetry Month. Cristine studied Literature, Philosophy, and World Religions at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. She is a member of The California State Poetry Society and The Poetry Society of America. Her first full-length collection of poetry, “Lifeline,” was released by Infinity Publishing and is available from Amazon.com. Cristine loves great pasta and fine wine, long walks, and good books. She continues to reside in Southern California and has two grown children.

“Distinctive” by Cristine A. Gruber

It was interesting to note

that the DVD collection

was not only perfectly lined up

but alphabetized as well.

 

But it was another thing entirely

to notice that the spices in the kitchen

were likewise placed in alphabetical order,

in a long, thin rack, on both sides of the stove.

 

There they were in matching uniforms

of clear glass with white lids,

all perfectly aligned,

labeled to declare their purpose.

 

False appearance of the same packaging,

for all were different on the inside,

ranging from white to yellow, to red to brown to black.

All labeled, yet all serving a different purpose.

 

Praise for the advantage of a clear container,

the ability to see through,

to perceive past the labels,

to bear witness to the inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cristine A. Gruber has had work featured in “North American Review,” “Writer’s Digest,” “Writers’ Journal,” “The Endicott Review,” “The Penwood Review,” “Thema,” and “Westward Quarterly.” She has been a featured poet in Writer’s Digest for National Poetry Month. Cristine studied Literature, Philosophy, and World Religions at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. She is a member of The California State Poetry Society and The Poetry Society of America. Her first full-length collection of poetry, “Lifeline,” was released by Infinity Publishing and is available from Amazon.com. Cristine loves great pasta and fine wine, long walks, and good books. She continues to reside in Southern California and has two grown children.

VENDING MACHINE: Poetry for Change volume 5

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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

–Mahatama Gandhi

“Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.”

–Robert C. Gallagher

 

VENDING MACHINE: Poetry for Change volume 5 features:

Dianne Borsenik – “Transformation Sutra (Say ‘Please’ for Peace)”
Steve Brightman – “Anatomy of Peace”
Theresa Göttl Brightman – “Where the Answers Can Be Found”
John Burroughs – “Primacy”
Mike Finley – “The Return Stroke”
Ken Gradomski – “Scale”
Cristine A. Gruber – “Widow’s Mite”
Anita Herczog – “What We Do (A Bummer Song)”
Azriel Johnson – “Hey! You!”
Strider Marcus Jones – “Two Misfits”
Chuck Joy – “Prestidigitation”
Sasha Kasoff – “Rebirth”
Lori Ann Kusterbeck – “Mister, Can You Tell Me How to Change the World?”
W.F. Lantry – “Candleflame”
Geoffrey Landis – “What If You Die”
El Habib Louai – “Since You Asked Me How I Felt”
Marc Mannheimer – “Building”
William Merricle – “Roughing It”
Roseville Nidea – “Stigma”
Jen Pezzo – “Perpetual About-Face”
Kenneth Pobo – “Jordan Davis”
David S. Pointer – “Global Stone Trade”
Tina Puckett – “Glimmer”
Jill Simms – “Being the Change”
Lady Kathy Smith – “Straighten Up”
Steven B. Smith – “Bending Machine”
Bekah Steimel – untitled
Paul Strohm – “Their God Grieved”
Jon Thorn – “Someday”
Brett A. Tipton – “Change”
Katherine Trettel – “Courtney’s Dress”
Marie Vibbert – “Shelter”
Mercedes Webb-Pullman – “The Perfect Mind of Life (Recalling Wounded Knee)”
Lynn White – “A Rose for Gaza”
Beverly Zeimer – “Where Has the Earth Gone To”

 

with a cover by Eileen Matias

 

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