Photography © Glenn Bowie


The Gods Speak

Out of sky’s dark
bluster, thunder
rumbles, rattles
dishes and frightens
dogs, cracks open
my slumber and
loosens stiff joints.
I saw no flash
of lightning to count
down how far I am
from doom, only
that one deep fracture
of silence that shattered
my calm to remind
me there is no place
to hide even burrowed
in my warm quiet bliss.


Richard Dinges, Jr. lives and works by a pond among trees and grassland, along with his wife, two dogs, three cats, and six chickens. MockingHeart Review, The Journal, WINK, Wild Violets, and Exacting Clam most recently accepted his poems for their publications.

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.