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Art by Eva Sandoval via Mixkit.co

the birds have stored
their hearts up for
safekeeping–
they’ve seen how
much trouble humans
run into using
something we have no
idea on how to use

yet
we still try
they’re much smarter
than we think

Making a Deal with Wednesday

I will be working a short shift today. Because I am scheduled to work this coming Saturday, I’ll end my shift today at 11:00 am. I am already willing Thursday into my realm. I hope it’ll be kind to me and to you too. Peace.

Featured Writer for March

Shannon Mastromonico is a recently added contributor to A Cornered Gurl and is a powerhouse of talent. With the ability to visually capture her poems and prose with her own art, she brings something extremely different to our publication. Her words are sharp, vulnerable, and edgy with a hint of “matter-of-factness” to them. I am happy to present to each of you our Featured Writer for the month of March, Shannon Mastromonico with her debut poem:


Until Planets Move

©Shannon Mastromonico 2020

This marks new ground
broken. This
is a pain plateau. Going
through too many dark forests
foraging for peace. Lost
and undernourished
Until planets move
and color shifts
Respite by chance
of wandering stars
and moon dips


Originally published in A Cornered Gurl via Medium.

no one like her

Lune #25 of 25

JerneeStareLook
Jernee: Staring back at me.

there’s no one like her
my sweet girl
my sunrise–sunset


*A lune (rhymes with moon) is a very short poem. It has only three lines. It is similar to a haiku. A haiku has three lines, and it follows a 5/7/5 syllable pattern. The lune’s syllable pattern is 5/3/5. Since the middle line is limited to three syllables, it is often the shortest line of the three. This makes a lune curve a bit like a crescent moon.

This is Lune #25 of this project and I am happy that each of you came along for the ride. Thank you for reading.