250 Beekman Street

250 Beekman Street by Molly Felth

If I bottled the scent
of your chest hair
I would name it Play Hard.
Bullhorns blare –
a little girl counts
to infinity, scarcely aware –
still, there’s nothing in you
I can’t leverage
or exchange.
Wall Street occupied
me. I say to her here: you are
the worldliest person
you know. Never invest
on impulse. Your feelings
aren’t liquid.
Hoist yourself up
onto auction blocks
fully rebranded
and yield

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Molly Felth

Molly Felth is a Connecticut poet and holds a degree in Creative Writing from UMass Amherst. She has been published in H_NGM_N Journal and posts her writing daily on Instagram.

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People on Paper

People on Paper by Francesca Mari

What if I drew people on paper,
Would I get all the details?
The speckles in their eyes
The frown upon dark skies
The golden hours of those days

What about origami of people on paper,
Would they be easier to unfold?
The dotted lines path for scissors
The bullies becoming mere lizards
The living turned in fragile figures

How can I tame people on paper
When difficulty unites them
Amd loss males them stronger?
I can’t do more than admire them
Lost in their infinite boredom
Gifting fragments of freedom

I will write,
Letting the pen dance
Unafraid of the consequence
Flashes of time without ends
Letting Fate play with Chance
I will write
About people
On paper

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Francesca Mari

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you Nobody too? 
– Emily Dickinson

I’m a Nobody finding her way towards being Somebody, Francesca Mari, nice to meet you. I’m a young poet and aspiring writer born and raised in Italy or, in other words, a little woman following a dream. I believe in the power of words and the change they can inspire, which led me to choose Modern Literature at university.  

I’ve always expressed myself and tried to encapsulate the world around me through writing and art in general, being music, acting, dancing, photography or with brushes and paint.

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World Debt

World Debt by Liliana Yao

We are not in debt to anyone but ourselves.
We give the world what we yearn to receive,
hoping for the world to reciprocate our deeds.
In the process, we simply neglect our own needs.
No one seems to appreciate or recognize,
that our acts of kindness don’t cost a thing.
At the expense of our dignity, we drop to our knees,
when we should drop the people-pleasing.
Pick ourselves up and realize we are deserving of something free;
be kind to ourselves and we’ll be at peace.

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Liliana Yao

My name is Liliana Yao, but I prefer to go by Lili! Currently, I’m seventeen years old and reside in the city of Toronto, Canada. For my whole life, writing has always been an interest of mine, but during quarantine, I had the opportunity to devote more time to refine my skills.

In particular, I love writing poetry and personal editorials that reflect my opinions on issues ranging from global affairs to personal relationships. As of now, I am focusing on becoming a better writer by simply reading and writing more. However, I hope to publish a book or write for a famous magazine in the near future.

Apart from writing, I love listening to music, keeping up with fashion trends, watching documentaries, visiting coffee shops, and going on walks, as I derive much of my inspiration from nature. Essentially, I would be on cloud 9 if I was at a Starbucks writing an article regarding a documentary on the latest fashion trends while listening to my favourite song!

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Flower Girl

Flower Girl by Michael Lee Johnson

Poems are hard to create
they live, then die, walk alone in tears,
resurrect in family mausoleums.
They walk with you alone in ghostly patterns,
memories they deliver feeling unexpectedly
through the open windows of strangers.
Silk roses lie in a potted bowl
memories seven days before Mother’s Day.
Soak those tears; patience is the poetry of love.
Plant your memories, your seeds, your passion,
once a year, maybe twice.
Jesus knows we all need more
then a vase filled with silk flowers,
poems on paper from a poet sacred,
the mystery, the love of a caretaker−
multicolored silk flowers in a basket
handed out by the flower girl.

Silent Moonlight by Michael Lee Johnson

Record, she’s a creeping spider.
Hurt love dangles net
from a silent moonlight hanger,
tortures this damaged heart
daggers twist in hints of the rising sun.
Silence snores. Sometimes she’s a bitch.
Sunlight scatters these shadows
across my bare feet in
this spotty rain.
Sometimes we rewind,
sometimes no recourse,
numbness, no feeling at all.

July 4th, 2020, Itasca, Illinois by Michael Lee Johnson

Stone carved dreams for men
past and gone, freedom fighters
blow past wind and storms.
Patriotism scared, etched in the face of cave walls.
There are no cemeteries here for the old,
vacancies for the new.
Americans incubate chunks
of patriotism over the few centuries,
a calling into the wild, a yellow fork stabs me.
Today happiness is a holiday.
Rest in peace warriors, freedom fighters,
those who simply made a mistake.
I gaze out my window to Hamilton Lakes
half-drunk with sparkling wine,
seeing lightning strikes ends,
sparklers, buckets full of fire.
Light up the dark sky, firecrackers.
Filmmakers, old rock players, fume-filled skies,
butts of dragonflies.
Patriotism shakes, rocks, jerks
across my eye’s freedom locked
in chains, stone-carved dreams.

*This year, 2020, due to COVID-19, I watch fireworks off my condo balcony alone,
share darkness alone, share bangers in the open sky.

Fall Thunder by Michael Lee Johnson

There is power in the thunder tonight, kettledrums.
There is thunder in this power,
the powder blends white lightening
flour sifters in masks toss it around.
Rain plunges October night; dancers
crisscross night sky in white gowns.
Tumble, turning, swirl the night away, around,
leaves tape-record over, over, then, pound,
pound repeat falling to the ground.
Halloween falls to the children’s
knees and imaginations.
Kettledrums.

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Michael Lee Johnson

Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada, Vietnam era. Today he is a poet in Itasca, DuPage County, Illinois, published in 1098 small press magazines in 40 countries; 215 YouTube poetry videos. He has been nominated for 2 Pushcart Prize awards poetry 2015/1 Best of the Net 2016/2 Best of the Net 2017, 2 Best of the Net 2018.  

Do not forget to consider me for Best of the Net or Pushcart nomination!

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Mirror

Mirror

Mirror by Ann Lorraine Gabi

We all are born
To live as one
Our souls are torn
Where have we gone?

And so we live
As we are told
Of what to give
Our bodies sold

Now is the time
Look for your other
Your inner rhyme
That burning desire

All an illusion
You are a whole
Not a confusion
Both with one goal

To be together
Your greatest versions
So here we gather
No separations

You and I
Are always one
Never apart
Outsiders none

Your darkest, dark
My brightest light
Free as a lark
An awe in sight

My greatest fears
Your only bliss
So very dear
Only to miss

For I am you
And you are me
To be so true
Love yourself fully

When you chose you
I am also chosen
A love not new
Bonds can’t be broken

Only then
Will two wholes be one
No matter when
I won’t be gone

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Ann Lorraine Gabi

I’m originally from the Philippines, traveled  to Canada as an immigrant when I was 9 years old. 

I like to watch all types of shows from true crime to Korean dramas in Netflix. I listen to many audio books during my free time and on the go if I’m doing other things at the same time. I have decided to pursue another career as an MLA despite my occupational health and safety education.

I write poetry and use it as my creative outlet. It’s never planned, I always write when I feel inspired either by a really happy or a really sad emotion. I plan to publish my own poetry book someday 🙂 I post a lot of my poetry on Instagram. People can follow me on Instagram: @ch4vala

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Adapted to War

Adapted to War by J. Rylee D.

I search for you at the bottom of the bottle,
Only to be faced with my darkest regrets.
Every remaining stain that I crave to forget.

We were too young and immature.
A plague for which there was no cure.

But oh, it was exhilarating.

Shockwaves of chaos rippled in our wake.
Vowing to never surrender.
Not until we break.

Is it crazy to say that I’d do it all once more?
A sick little reminder,
Of how our love adapted to war.

I have a tendency of being blinded,
By believing everyone is good.
Especially when it comes to beautiful faces and pretty words.

But what happens when the lights dim all around you,
And all the masks are removed?
And the pretty words are now laced with the ugly truth?

Sometimes the lights must go out,
For the blind to see.
And unfortunately for me,
The truth is much more blinding.

Shockwaves of chaos rippled in our wake.
Vowing to never surrender.
Not until we break.

I know it’s crazy to say that I’d do it all once more.
As a sick little reminder,
Of how our love adapted to war.

Yeah that’s what happens,
When the heart gets pushed too far.

Of you, I thought I was sure.
Hoping we could be the cure.
But turns out, our love just adapted to war.

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J. Rylee D.

I’m just a 26-year-old girl who spends her life daydreaming. I have always been an avid reader and writer, but recently decided to publish my poetry and a book on a public platform.

I like to portray honest and raw vulnerability in my work because life isn’t always pretty. I want to inspire people to fight for their happiness and to tell their truths, because they deserve to be heard and know that they are believed, and that they matter!

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After the Storm at Night

After the Storm at Night by Daniel Fitzgerald

Her eyes opened
like a revealing moon
in a fractured sky,
becoming brighter
in its awakening.

Staying in Touch by Daniel Fitzgerald

Our hands glance
around the table,
then, as if by accident,
reach for the same glass.
The rest of us laugh
at the coincidence
while our fingers linger
with each other,
remembering other coincidences,
other accidents,
other times our hands reached
for touching.

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Dan Fitzerald

Dan lives quietly in Pontiac, Illinois, tending to home and garden. His poems have been published in The Writer’s Journal, PKA Advocate, Nomad’s Choir, and many others. 
His work is also included in several anthologies, both in print and online. 

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Inspector 13

Inspector 13 by LB Sedlacek

Ransom E. Olds created the assembly line in 1901 to keep up with the demand for horseless carriages. His invention enabled his factory to go from producing 425 cars in 1901 to 2500 cars in 1902. Henry Ford is presumed to be the inventor of the assembly line. Ford improved upon Olds’ process by installing conveyor belts. This shortened the time to manufacture a Model T from a day and a half to ninety minutes.

Baylee Elliott looked up at the clock, whistled for a moment, sighed and chewed fast on her gum and chewed some more. Her gum was flavorless, the sugar and sweet grape flavoring absorbed by her jawing and saliva. She’d popped it in right after the last break. There were two fifteen minute breaks a day, a half hour for lunch. Most of her coworkers used their breaks for smoking or the bathroom. She didn’t smoke, had tried it once, stopped when her grandmother shriveled up from one too many sun baths and skin cancer. She had worked on the assembly line, too. Baylee had taken her place as Inspector No. 13, right in the middle.

Inspector No. 13 was responsible for inspecting unfinished metal articles of furniture for defects in metal or poor work. Anything unacceptable was marked with a crayon or chalk and returned for repairs or scraped. She also had to feel the welds and look for burrs and if she found any, remove them with a file or emery paper. Baylee inspected hospital beds. They were only halfway assembled when they reached her. Sometimes she got overtime at the end of the line, inspecting assembled beds in their entirety.

She had never been called to the front of the line or to the Supervisor’s office except when they handed out paychecks, or there was a problem with the time clock or some general thing, but she was walking there now her feet moving slowly in front of her, she stepped slow and evenly almost tip toeing. A couple of her friends from the front end of the line looked up and smiled, it was a grim smile they gave her. She figured they were thinking she was in trouble or getting the axe or some other such bad luck.
She smiled back, her smile had been plastered on her face since she’d received the note marked #13.

“Baylee. Thanks for coming down. Have a seat.”

She continued giving out the same smile, sat and smiled some more. “Thank you, Mr. Barry.”
Mr. Barry was tall, thin, had a greasy swatch of black hair along the backside of his head, the rest of it bald. He was pale, as pale as she was, both of them pale from working days inside the windowless factories, in the shadows, human ghosts.

“It’s close to break time so I’ll get right to it Baylee. Your work here is good; I want you to know that. We don’t have a problem with it. We just need to reschedule you for a few days. Have you work nights.”

“Nights? Mr. Barry, I don’t know if I can do that, see I take care of my Momma at night, during the day we have a nurse with her, but–.”
“It’s just for a few days, Baylee. It’s about your adjacent.”
“15?”
“No.”
“14?”
“Yes.”
“Oh.”
“We’ll move 14 to nights, too. For a few days. And then you should be able to get back to your regular slot.”
“I guess so.”
“There’s been some discrepancies in his work. You just have to tell us what you see. Simple, right?”

Baylee nodded. Pulled back on her ponytail, brushed the hair from her eyes.

Going to nights wasn’t as hard as she’d thought it’d be. There were some perks, too. Mr. Barry said she could keep anything she found that didn’t involve Inspector 14, and as long as it wasn’t cash or jewelry. She didn’t know what she was going to do with golf clubs, or contraband software because she didn’t play golf and she didn’t own a computer but she’d found them strapped up inside the bed frames, some strapped up to the underside of the mattresses or inside the mattresses. There was clothing, too. Silk scarves, t-shirts, socks, any number of cheaply made overseas goods.

She hadn’t known 14 long. He was short, shorter than she was, was tan or spent the better part of his weekends in the sun or a tanning booth, his hair was blonde, almost white, his face a ruddy red from sunburns or tanning booth burns. He was young, too, younger than she was by almost a decade. She guessed he was in his early twenties. Not married. At least there was no ring, no white line where a ring should be. He was always smacking on some gum and drinking soda. She didn’t know how he dodged the bathroom with only two fifteen minute breaks a shift. He was local, and he spoke with a southern accent. He’d moved back here from somewhere else, was living with his Mother. His Mother had worked here but was retired, that’s why he’d hired him, Mr. Barry had told her.

“Baylee. Come on in. Shut the door.”
Baylee wiped her hands on her smock. Pulled tight on her ponytail.
“Have a seat.”
“Uh, I don’t–.”
“I know you’ve been out on the floor. It’s okay. Don’t worry about getting the seat dirty.”
Baylee nodded and sat. The chair was dark wood with a light veneer finish. A polished plastic cushion was attached to the seat and the back.
“Have you made any progress?” Mr. Barry poured himself a cup of water. Offered her a cup, too.

She smiled, took the cup with both hands, taking a long draw of the cold water.

“With 14? No. I mean I ain’t. Scuse me. I haven’t seen him doing anything but his job. He isn’t that fast, but he don’t get behind. I know you’ve heard that story bout him. Bout the time he was working the night shift on the front desk at the Blue Ridge Motor Court and got caught smoking weed on the job. Cursed that woman out, the manager. Told her she deserved all the names everybody called her behind her back. That was years ago. I think he’s been straight since he moved back.” She took another sip of water. “Is that what you wanted to know?”

Mr. Barry shook his head. “Just keep looking, Baylee. I know you found some stuff. Golf clubs. Software. Keep looking. It can’t be drugs. You’d smell that on him, but it’s something.”
She tried bringing coffee to 14, he would just take it, nod, gulp it down, grin as if she was trying to get a date out of him and she wasn’t. Even if it wasn’t on her watch, her assigned watch from Mr. Barry, he was way too young for her and she hated his sideburns, too long almost to his chin’s edge and the soul patch. It was all too much. The nights were getting to her; she wasn’t sleeping, and she wanted to tell Mr. Barry to shove his third shift and go somewhere else but jobs were scarce so she stayed and spied and looked for nothing and took home bootleg that Mr. Barry didn’t want or didn’t tell her to give to him for the higher ups who’d paid to have them snuck in in the first place.

It was five weeks in and she had upped her coffee ante to five cups a day instead of two when she found something. It didn’t seem like much to her, but maybe it would be enough to get whatever Mr. Barry wanted to get on Inspector 14 so she could get back to the days move around in the daylight again.

The idea was clever and simple. The best ones always were. She knew someone had said that, or she had read it somewhere. Inside the sides of the frame, the long sides that connected to the bedposts or the square headboards, that’s where it was from a staffing shortage at the plant up the street and they’d moved some inspecting to her plant, to Baylee’s line.

At first, she didn’t know what it was. It didn’t look like anything to her, maybe a child’s drawing or a secret map, or some kind of foreign language smut, but that wasn’t it at all. It was pictures. Expensive photos. Stolen art.

She didn’t know what they were worth or where they were coming from or how 14 was involved and she debated warning him or at least his Mother but she didn’t know her either and sometimes trying to do a good deed would backfire at the very least costing her her job if Mr. Barry found out and he always seemed to find out, had his finger on the pulse of everything in the factory and that was even before there were cameras, computers and security punch codes.

She ratted out 14 on a Monday night, early about 6 am an hour before her shift ended without a break. She was looking forward to sleep. Maybe eating something, a biscuit or an egg sandwich, she hadn’t decided.

“You did good work, Baylee. You’re a loyal employee. You’ve worked hard.”
“Thanks, Mr. Barry. Does this mean I can go back to days now? I’m tired of this night shift.”

Mr. Barry stared straight ahead and sighed. He scratched his chin. Baylee looked out through the Plexiglas to the floor below. A couple of policemen were escorting Inspector 14 out of the building. He never looked up, never looked at her once and while she was watching him hunching over and ducking and trying to hide his face from the others and being dragged out of the building, she realized that she didn’t even know his name, didn’t even know his last name, didn’t know a thing about him except what Mr. Barry had told her and what little she knew of 14’s Mom.

“Yes, Baylee about that. You won’t have to be on the night shift anymore.”
“Oh, that’s great, Mr. Barry. I’m so glad, I–.”
“Wait a minute. Wait a minute. This is the part I hate.”
Baylee sat up straight, tensed her shoulders, bit her lips. “Mr. Barry?”

“Baylee, I’m sorry. I don’t have a choice in this. They handed it down from the top. It was inevitable anyway. I mean, you did the company a favor finding out about the art theft ring 14 was running, but it’s just that–.”

“Just what?” Baylee’s face was flushed, sweat pouring from her forehead, her hands balled into fists. She had never interrupted Mr. Barry at any other time.
“Your work fell behind on the night shift. Up until then–.”
“But I was doing what you asked, and I–.”

“I’m sorry, Baylee. That’s just how it is. I’m sorry. You’ll get severance pay. And three more months on your health insurance. I’ll be glad to write you a letter of recommendation anywhere you want to go. This didn’t come from me. I did what I could. You know how it is with manufacturing jobs. Not one of us is safe anymore.”

Baylee nodded and smiled thinly, but it was still a genuine smile. “You’ve always been good to me, Mr. Barry, so I believe you. I’ll walk out of here without any trouble, and I’ll be calling you sometime about that recommendation. You’ll take my call?”
“Of course.”

Baylee stood, held out her hand, shook Mr. Barry’s hand, light at first and then harder with a couple of squeezes as if she was throttling his neck. She made it to the parking lot before the first tears fell, and she sat in the front seat of her Pontiac in the parking lot an extra fifteen minutes after her shift would’ve normally ended. She wiped her eyes, started up the car and drove home.

It wasn’t until she was sitting under the carport with the car turned off, sunrise almost in full swing, that she opened her smock and pulled it out. She didn’t know who had made it, where it came from or what she could sell it for. She just knew it was worth a lot.

~The End

<img class="wp-block-coblocks-author__avatar-img" src="https://evepoetry.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/48b19-lbauthor2019_1_original.jpg&quot; alt="<strong>L.B. Sedlacek
L.B. Sedlacek

L.B. Sedlacek has had poetry and fiction appear in different journals and zines.  Her first short story collection came out on Leap Day 2020 entitled “Four Thieves of Vinegar” published by Alien Buddha Press. 

Her latest poetry books are “Simultaneous Submissions” (Cyberwit), “The Adventures of Stick People on Cars” (Alien Buddha Press), “The Architect of French Fries” (Presa Press) and “Words and Bones” (Finishing Line Press.)  She is a former Poetry Editor for “ESC! Magazine” and co-hosted the podcast “Coffee House to Go.” 

LB also enjoys swimming, reading, and playing ukulele.  

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Racism

Racism by Ali Ashhar

All are born equal,
Yet some are deluded to be manipulated by hate,
Not spurred by difference in ethnicity,
Nevertheless, by deviation in ethics,
Ethics that made him perceive ghastly,
This racism pervading, deep below, doesn’t know any impunity.

This malevolence not only compromise of colour,
Someday it’s for religion,
Someday it’s linguistical,
Someday it’s for ethnicity,
Someday it’s for minorities.

Vexation traversing around needs to be eradicated,
Our humane aura ought to be elevated,
Human devoid of being humane is merely an animal,
Who needs to remember Almighty’s favour upon,
To perceive no difference stancing colour, ethnicity, or religion,
To didacticize how beautiful every creation of the creator is,
Who created them the same way he created you.

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Ali Ashhar

A 21-year-old from India currently pursuing a Masters in English Literature.As an introvert, writing gave my emotions the voice which was lying dormant since long.

I started writing at 18, primarily some motivational poems after finding myself encompassed by adversities.I pen my emotions on motivation, social issues, nature, love and family. Besides, I am also a nature lover and football aficionado.

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Meant for More

Meant for More by Rachita Praharaj

Falling into the void of nothingness,
Find it within you,
The hope you seek in the world,
Bind it to yourself,
Live in the shattered shards of you,
For there is a reflection of you,
In each of them,
Reflecting all that you are yet to be,
Learn that being broken isn't the same as being nothing at all,
Take all of it with you,
As you get lost in yourself,
Only to find you,
You might stumble for the road is new,
Hold your dreams
That comes with a new dawn,
Follow your emotions,
They'll lead you to the shore,
It has always been within you,
For you are meant for more.
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Rachita Praharaj

I am Rachita, a student of Commerce, from India. To me writing is a way of expressing the emotions I feel too much, be it anger, sadness, elation, etc. It is not an escape to me, cause I feel writing has always been my only reality. I’m always lost in the trance of words, for with them I am my best self.

Through poetry I portray my vulnerable self, the one that I had kept locked up all these years.

I am a patient person, in love with tea, silence and beaches, but I am always excited for new things. 

You can find me on Instagram @the_closet_lines 

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