citius altius fortius

from time to time an old woman
hobbles all by herself along my village street
I saw her totter here last year
and the year before last

that time no jet flew about yet

I’m afraid one day the old woman
wouldn’t walk any more
past my window

that makes me so little and isolated

while airplanes would fly up there
citius altius fortius

the old woman is slightly doddering
when looking askew to the sky


Valery V. Petrovskiy is an international writer from Russia. He is the author of short story collection Tomcat Tale (Editura StudIS, 2013) and eBook Into the Blue on New Year’s Eve (Hammer and Anvil Books, 2013). He has his poems published in Poetry Pacific, The Missing Slate and Generation Magazine. He lives in Russia in a remote village by the Volga River.

Luis Lázaro Tijerina was born in Salina, Kansas. Mr. Tijerina has a Master of Art degree in history, concentration being military history and diplomacy. He is a published author of military theory, short stories, essays and poetry. Mr. Tijerina resides in Vermont.