Beneath the Pond

Beneath the pond, alive with the greenest kelp,
she slithered with opened hair
so full and soft it wavered
as the leaves upon each tree which surrounded
the water’s edge -climbing and motioning upon the wind.

Her feet sunk through the basin of murky soot.
Trickling water beads threaded across
the crest and summit of her breasts.
She spoke to the murmuring trees as the fondest
buds opened in eager want of tamp and depresses.

Quick pounce of the rattling branches were her arms
as she stroked back the films, cool and crisp, like linens
where she slumped to the edge and pondered.


Donny Barilla, age forty one and born in Dallas, Texas, weaves around common themes, such as: mythology, nature, human intimacy, and theology. He writes on a daily basis and engages in the beautiful landscapes that surround him in his home of Pennsylvania. His first book, “Treasures”, was released in August of 2016. He currently works on his next book and has published in numerous journals and magazines. Donny, an avid reader, is passionate about female Japanese poets as he finds them to have a masterful poetic voice that resonates throughout the ages.

Glenn Bowie is a published poet, lyricist and photographer from the Boston area. He also owns and operates an elevator company that supplies custom-built elevators for clients from New England to Hollywood. Author of two poetry and photograph collections (Under the Weight of Whispers and Into the Thorns and Honey) on Big Table Publishing, he donates all profits from his books to various charities for the homeless and local animal shelters. Glenn is also the official photographer for the Newton Writing and Publishing Center.