Cherry Tomatoes by April Salzano

Cherry Tomatoes hang in clusters on delicate vines. The plants are caged, potted in the driveway. All summer they have drowned in rain and hose water until flowers became hard green cysts that grew, ripened and split wide open. I salvage what I can into folded shirt-basket though I know no one will eat them. … Continue reading Cherry Tomatoes by April Salzano

Western PA by April Salzano

I love the state I’m in, its mountains and cattle grazing under billboards beside highways, silos standing phallic in foliage, farmland and stretches of nothing along ribbons of winding roads. I count phone poles and fields as landmarks, see the ghosts of steel and loss of populous to warmer weather, cattailed lakes and plenty of … Continue reading Western PA by April Salzano

Dandelions Deserve Better by April Salzano

Dandelions Deserve Better than the title weeds. Christened with chemicals, spores fly on mouths of wishes, migrating over fields to land in full yellow bloom, until someone has a baby and its head pops off. ______________________________ April Salzano has published with WIZ before, thus far about Nature’s underdogs. For a bio, look here. Photo by … Continue reading Dandelions Deserve Better by April Salzano

How to Train Your Squirrel by April Salzano

            How to Train Your Squirrel to eat from a bowl is not an easy task. You should choose a color other than blaze orange, a material besides plastic. Cajun almonds and salted sesame sticks placed near the patio door seem to cause aggression toward what used to be his … Continue reading How to Train Your Squirrel by April Salzano

A Dozing Squirrel by April Salzano

A Dozing Squirrel full of almonds and sesame sticks, warms his belly on wood of deck. Spread like a loaf of homemade bread, his eyes become commas even as his chest expands, contracts like a blood pressure pump. Front paws hang over edge as if more cat than woodland wanderer, tail curled over his back, … Continue reading A Dozing Squirrel by April Salzano

Recognition by April Salzano

You think I wouldn’t be able to tell one Robin from another, but I know this isn’t the mother of the two fledglings unfortunately nested dead center of the Hibiscus tree on my deck. No, this one is different, sort of a tuft of hair on its head instead of the smooth feathers of the … Continue reading Recognition by April Salzano