A New Awareness in This Time of Uncertainty

by Jim G. Piatt

Early in the morning, an apricot mist emerged spreading
like a translucent tsunami down mountains to the West. It
covered meadows, flowed through pine and sycamore trees,
and huge leaves like hands caressed fleeting time. As I
looked through the library window, the sun’s beams
sneaked through gaps in shadowy clouds; the light
transformed the darkness and brought forth new insights.
The downy sparrows’ chattering in the Pink Lady bushes
became bits of chirping calmness. I stood in wonderment as
I mused about how a new view of life was emerging in my
mind. Simple things were becoming of intense importance:
green tea in the afternoon on the front porch, the wafting of
the aroma of newly baked cookies resting on a pink Spode
dish, an eleven o’clock hour spent with my wife talking of
simple things, and contemplating about the preciousness of
our time together. A priceless newness to simple daily
visions became vividly apparent; the greenness of the grass
after a brief rain, tiny scarlet buds appearing on roses in the
herb garden, our old cat rolling in the soft dark loam, our
pup running and barking at people walking on the road near
our house, the sight of tiers of old oak wood under a huge
rose bush with white blossoms sending their sweet aroma
into the yard, and even an old wheelbarrow filled with
small limbs and twigs gathered to start an evening fire, all
different, beautiful, necessary, and critical now… in this
time of uncertainty.

James G. Piatt, a retired professor and octogenarian, is a Best of Web nominee and three-time Pushcart nominee. He has had four books of poetry: Solace Between the Lines, Light, Ancient Rhythms, and The Silent Pond, as well 35 short stories, five novels, and 1,500 poems published worldwide. He earned his B.S. and M.A. from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and his doctorate from Brigham Young University. Kim McNealy Sosin is an Emerita Professor of Economics at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her post-retirement interests include writing and photography. Her poems and photographs have appeared in Fine Lines, Failed Haiku, Daily Haiga, Voices from the Plains, Landscape Magazine, The Heron’s Nest, Wanderlust Journal, Ekphrastic Review, Global Poemic, and Sandcutters.

The Sadness of the Night

by James G. Piatt

The haunting voice of the western screech owl like
a human voice shrieking through the dark puzzled
thunder of a germ filled night, awakened my lonely
mind causing me to contemplate life and death. As I
listened to the howling coyote slinking through the
night on jaunty haunches searching for the world’s
missing cure, I wept for all the people that no longer

James G. Piatt earned his doctorate from BYU, and his BS and MA from California State Polytechnic University. He is an internationally published poet, a Best of Web nominee and three-time Pushcart nominee. He has had four poetry books; Solace Between the Lines, Light, Ancient Rhythms, and The Silent Pond, 1500 poems, five novels, and 35 short stories published worldwide. He writes poetry to rid his mind of old cluttered things, and present fears. Varada J.M is a 9th-grader based in Kerala’s Koyilandi, studying at Rani Public School, Vadakara. After hurriedly doing homework, Varada divides her time between practicing classical dance and watching horror films. She loves dogs but nobody at home wants one.