LoveNote Poetry Volume 1

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LOVENOTE POETRY - TABLE OF CONTENTS

Hokis In and Out ……..……..……..……..……..……..……..……..……..…….. (1) The Merging of Rivers ……..……..……..……..……..……..……..….. (3) Codependent’s Glare ……..……..……..……..……..……..……..…….. (4) Altering the Mind of Gravity ……..……..……..……..……..……..… (6) ACHEKNOWLEDGEment ……..……..……..……..……..……..…. (7) Kai Doemling Umber Leaf - Haiku ……..……..……..……..……..……..……..………. (8) The Brief Night - Couplets ……..……..……..……..……..……..……. (9) Jonathan Li Like the Jazz ……..……..……..……..……..……..……..……..……..…….. (10) Contributors ……..……..……..……..……..……..……..……..……..….

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LOVENOTE POETRY - HOKIS

In and Out To me, it was just yesterday Our house plants baked in the morning’s light, breathing out their homemade recipe for a well-sustained life I watched you, at the window sill Nurturing the soil of the chlorophyll babies we return to each year I wondered what next time would be like Watching you at the same threshold nurturing our own I took a gasp of delightful awe Then your breath synced with mine As it always does when I spy on you. Our breath in and out As the day began In and out, As we adored the limitations of the campground’s general store In and out, As we ate omelettes for the third day in a row In and out, As we walked the dog longer than we would have in the suburbs Tails wagging in the sun- lled, crisp mountain air In and out, As we napped from joyful exhaustion window cracked, topless, with wool socks on Skin to skin Until you slipped away, to your private glide time. When I woke, I felt our breath sync still Imagining ... In and out, As you loaded that lavender kayak Into the back of our soft top jeep In and out,


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LOVENOTE POETRY - HOKIS

As you sang to Sheryl Crow Up the switchbacks to the mountain lake we discovered earlier that day In and out, as you launched your beloved craft into The calmest water to ever live next door to the bluest sky In and out, as you tipped In and out, as your head hit In and out, In and ... in and in and ...in a..nd ...i..n .an.d .. .. a...d...i .n


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LOVENOTE POETRY - HOKIS

The Merging of Rivers As creatures we are nothing more, or less, than skinned river beds. Winding the terrain, hosting, enabling, and quickening drifters and dwellers alike. Then, one day we take a step out. Stretch the potential of our watered down selves We recite our vows; the church, a damn The witness, the land roots The announcement of con uence proclaimed in the familiar sound of the wise owl’s song.


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LOVENOTE POETRY - HOKIS

Codependent’s Glare And then There is the day when they truly need you. When he loses his legs And her denial-powered anger commands He win the war with gravity. And then There is the week when they truly need you. When he cannot nd himself And the wild ower prairie lls with weeded dendrites A eld that has taken too many comrades. And then There is the year they truly need you. When he is networking his own synthetic cables throughout the world-wide web And you are the tuning fork A rming the self that was here before he remembered who he will be. On these days Before they really needed you You needed them to need you. {The heirloom locket hints before it glares back at the Light of day} You needed them to entangle their want With their need of you Enabling them to stay. You weaved the perfect nest with translucent spider silk. A nest they w\c\ould never leave, Like the quick, polished, petite hummingbird that you are. But now,


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LOVENOTE POETRY - HOKIS

They no longer care to t. And then Your wings’ frantic exhaustion has taken you from view. You lose not your legs, rather your footing. Your chained dendrites are entangled with your own weeds, cables, and recycled spider silk. And then You are the only one who needs you.


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LOVENOTE POETRY - HOKIS

Altering the Mind of Gravity Love cannot permeate the busy-brained heart, just Ask the stretching-self-over-the-valley dendrite. Muscle memories of Icy, undertow moments from Comrades and rivals, alike. Time to decelerate, my small elliptical Axis holds the revolving leash, I twist to see blue sky Love lubricates the sheath; Synapse is free!


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LOVENOTE POETRY - HOKIS

ACHEKNOWLEDGEment In the parlor, She decides to nally take out the baby-skin smooth walnut carpenter box. It was gifted to her by Father Time two years ago. A month before he boarded the train home. Inside: pink laced baby shoes, a single jeweled crown, and a plaque which reads: Leader of the Free World. She looks back up at That Universal Moon, to o er zi a prideful grin. They return the sentiment. {Hokis, they whisper, may you rest in peace }


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LOVENOTE POETRY - KAI DOEMLING

Umber leaf - Haiku An umber leaf hangs, forgotten amongst the green, faded within dark. Swish, swoosh, descending to a pile of fall, shining amber under sun.


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LOVENOTE POETRY - KAI DOEMLING

The Brief Night - Couplet Dusk devours the white luminescence until all that remains is the streetlights’ uorescence And the many minuscule orbs that glow aloft. Tilting my head back, my skin tingles under the waft. The sound of the rustling grass lls my ear. Opening my mouth, the saliva dries sheer. I compress my eyelids, a tear leaking down my cheek. I steadily open my eyes to a world so bleak.


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LOVENOTE POETRY - JONATHAN LI

Like the Jazz Loud coughing, clearing throats, bouncing echoes o vaulted ceilings. Mounted spotlights click— a buzzing, like fabric-on-fabric, faint itters of the beam ickering on… Oh. They’re watching, don’t forget: “no mistakes.” Voices are muddling: was that a dissonance? a falter in the performance? Now frozen wire squeezes, barbs embedding themselves in his heart. Causing missed Pulses— skittering, swinging rhythm landing on o beats… Like the jazz playing. And suddenly it’s not hard to imagine—


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LOVENOTE POETRY - JONATHAN LI

their panting their crisp suits wrinkling golden-clasped belts missing… —better maintain a steady composure, Don’t forget: they’re listening. But it’s not hard to imagine— that salty, metallic liquid dripping–– the business phone left ringing the staggering walk next morning the back that won’t stop burning. —But hey, don’t forget to keep smiling.


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LOVENOTE POETRY - CONTRIBUTORS

HOKIS is an American poet of Armenian descent. She is senior curator of Headline Poetry & Press, a regular contributor to Reclamation Magazine, and featured in numerous anthologies. Her debut collection "Unbecoming" is a poet memoir sharing her personal rise from political trauma. You can nd more about her, her published work, and Unbecoming at hokis.blog.

KAI DOEMLING is a Japanese-German-American writer who enjoys Japanese calligraphy and spending time with his cats.

JONATHAN LI is a California state honored pianist, California Arts Scholar, and the co-founder and CFO of the Youth Arts Movement, which now boasts 21 chapters across the globe, with chapters in Australia, India, and Canada.



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