Morning After Debates

Pre-dawn captivates.
Holds us in place,
coffee at the ready.
A quiet moment
to disseminate
the poli-speak
and pregnant stammers
of presidential hopefuls.
A thoughtful pause
to prepare
for the disagreements
soon to follow,
for we are all just
grackles and blue jays
warring over seeds
at the feeder.


Currently in her second-term as Poet Laureate of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Patricia Gomes has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, most recently in Wicked Haunted,an Anthology of New England Horror Writers, Speculations, Maintenant 11 (Three Rooms Press), Star*Line, Apex & Abyss,and Expecting Love, an anthology tribute to Donald Hall. Twice nominated for The Pushcart Prize, Gomes is the author of four chapbooks.

Edward S. Gault is a poet and fine art photographer. He lives at Mosaic Commons, a co-housing community in Berlin, Ma. He has a wife Karen, and daughter.