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My work in Cold Moon Journal

by

John J. Dunphy

Valentine Day

blooming in our front yard

a heart of crocus

Cold Moon Journal

2/14/21

slowly sinking

into the thawing pond

our Christmas tree

Cold Moon Journal 2/12/21

tree stump

the drought years pelted

by raindrops

Cold Moon Journal 2/9/21

front yard

child puts on

her face mask

as she approaches

our snowman

Cold Moon Journal 1/16/21

a single ornament

on the Christmas tree

in a ditch

Cold Moon Journal 1/10/21

walking my dog

tonight’s dusk scented by

burnt leaves

Cold Moon Journal 12/13/20

public park

I enter

a portapotty


Fat Cat Preachers and MAGA Caps

two haiku by John J. Dunphy

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John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Touching Each Tree, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away and Dark Nabulae.


Another Tanka

by

John J. Dunphy

Published in Cold Moon Journal


My Work in the January 2021 issue of Failed Haiku

by

John J. Dunphy

my amnesia issues largely forgotten

***

dining alone

my server wishes me

‘merry christmas’

as I open

my fortune cookie

***

Feast of St. Stephen

my neighbor and I celebrate

by getting stoned

***

‘huh?’

I reply when asked why I’m here —

ear doctor’s receptionist

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Touching Each Tree, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away and Dark Nabulae.


My Poem in the December 2020 of Stardust Haiku

by

John J. Dunphy

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A Tanka

by

John J. Dunphy

Published in Cold Moon Journal

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Resurgence: A Haibun

by

John J. Dunphy

(Originally published in the December 2020 issue of Fireflies’ Light)

He lives in a community that borders the Mississippi River. The shore collects beautiful driftwood as well as entire trees that have been washed downriver. The dried, tangled roots of these trees are such intricate works of art.

A May walk along the shore revealed a tiny green plant growing from the massive roots of a rotting tree. A dead giant nurtured a fragile new life.

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spring breeze

his first walk since receiving

the diagnosis

A short distance away, he saw another dead…


My work in the December 2020 issue of Failed Haiku

by

John J. Dunphy

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My poetry collections include “Stellar Possibilities,” “Dark Nebulae,” “Zen Koanhead,” “pagan rites,” “Old Soldiers Fading Away” and “Touching Each Tree.”

My Work in the November 2020 issue of Scifaikuest

by

John J. Dunphy

customs office

my passport’s first stamp for

an alternate universe

Scfaikuest print edition

alien tourist

his face and hands orange

from cheese-balls

Scifaikuest on line edition

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Stellar Possibilities, Dark Nebulae, Old Soldiers Fading Away, pagan rites, Zen Koanhead and Touching Each Tree. He owns The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, IL.


The Serpent and the Tower: My Follow-Up Essay to A Religion For A New Age

by

John J. Dunphy

Author’s note: I’m now going to share a secret with you. I won The Humanist magazine’s North American Essay Contest twice. That’s right. “A Religion For A New Age” won third place in the first contest and my entry “The Serpent and the Tower” won third place in the second contest. …

John J. Dunphy

John J. Dunphy owns The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, IL USA. Google him to learn more about this enigmatic person who is such a gifted writer and poet.

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