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“Visionaries,” a poem by Michael L. Newell


“Joyful Tunes,” by Nii Teiko Aryeetey




A marsh harrier soars above the Norfolk broads
circling higher and higher

rather like a Gillespie trumpet solo that rises and rises
to dizzying heights of pitch and volume

eventually the bird slides behind billowing clouds
and vanishes into distance

so the trumpet reaches and reaches for an unreachable note
until the sound recedes into aching silence

bird and trumpet leave behind awed audiences
unable to fathom the altitudes to which the two aspire







Michael L. Newell is a retired secondary school English/Theatre teacher who currently lives on the south-central Oregon coast. He has had poems recently published in (among other places) Verse-Virtual, Culture Counter, The Iconoclast, Ship of Fools, and Red Eft Review.