Volume 2, Issue viii
Wild Greens 2, no. 8 (June 2022)
Welcome to the June 2022 issue of Wild Greens
by Mike D'AndreaI think about the poetry of you:Your company, the way you make me feel,elation at unwavering devotion,a fantasy that’s too good to be real.
And then, there you are: We’ve barely said hello.
The gumption comes and goes, and so do you. A failed falling star.
I withdraw with an aching heart back into a world apart, severing all ties to you.
Death of an Imagined Future
by Elaine Mead
Sand, waves, and sunsetThey all scream your name.Stirring in the breeze,Along with the taste of brineOn my tongue, you still linger Like the orange clouds overhead.My feet slip off slowlyDeeper and deeper, losing balance.Knowing very well that the wavesWill wash away every ounce of itYet, once again,I build a sandcastle.
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Lost Thought Tavern
Courier of Shiny Pennies
by Douglas Hardman
Me:Blue eyed devilMischievous smilesDeceiving mannerisms
You:Doe-eyed ingenueFresh off the trainNaivete
Me:Double-masked confidenceFake it till I break itProlonged eye contact
You:Too nervous to tellOpen book with shredded pagesChild-like laughter
Me:Store bought personalityYou met me at the right timeAnxiously side-stepping my anxiety
You:Heartbreaker tendenciesEmotional dependencyRumored to be the one
Me:Desperately clinging to an ideaJokes about dying dads and psych ward fever dreamsI want you to see the “real” “me”
You:Handsome as hellWasted on a new highAlways disappearing in the moonlight
Me:A weary travelerCalloused hands and blistered feetI’ll tend to myself to make myself new for
You:Confused I would even tell youDark secrets in group settings“Who is this person and why does he want to know what prescription drugs I’m on?”
Me:Breaking the flowThe format is shiftingAm I losing it?
You:Sneaking off into shadows on abandoned streetsGlass shelters shielding pink laser beamsA fish out of water trekking into new territory
You:Tell me the truthMade a pactSigned, sealed, delivered, package lost in transit
Me:I lost myself for a minuteI’m a king with golden gifts wrapped in plasticBack on trackIncreased my medsTo alleviate the tension
You:Sleepy morning messagesRecovering and revivingHopeful I keep my word
Me:I know how to walk awayBut keep you by my sideKeeper of my promise
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This Happened Twice
Artists and Contributors
Lynne Marie Rosenberg
KJ Hannah Greenberg
Saswat Kumar Mishra
Lauren Kimball (she/her) lives in Philadelphia. She teaches literature and composition at Rutgers University- New Brunswick. In her spare time, she plays with paint, digital pens, words, and home improvement tools.
You can find her comics on Instagram @turtle_n_hare_comic.
Myra Chappius (she/her) is the author of six works of fiction and poetry. While her passion lies with shorter creations, it is her aspiration to complete a full-length novel and screenplay someday. She enjoys reading, music, travel, and learning. When not doing mom things, she is working full-time, seeing the latest movie, or waiting an acceptable length of time before returning to Universal Orlando to satiate her Harry Potter obsession.
Hayley Boyle (she/her) creates the cover image for each issue of Wild Greens magazine and serves as the Arts Editor. Hayley is a social justice seeker, world traveler, rock climber, dog snuggler, frisbee player, event planner, and storyteller. She loves to paint with watercolors, embroider, and write. She grew up reading sci-fi and fantasy, and to this day she still turns to those genres to help her make sense of the world. She calls Philadelphia home and wouldn't have it any other way. You can find Hayley on Instagram @hayley3390 or @haypaints. She accepts commissions, and you can find examples of her work on her website.