|copyright 2014 -- Regina A. Walker|
I'd like to start off the fall contests with Regina Walker's moving poem "Hiraeth" -- and her beautiful photograph of the Lower East Side. Regina and I were both part of the dynamic Felino A. Soriano's new journal Of/with, and I'm happy that she is now part of The Song Is... as well.
I am the water
That washes the fruit
My children will eat.
I am the tear
That falls from the eye
Of the mother at her child's graveside.
I am the shot of fluid
That escapes the needle
Before that moment of relief.
I am the last drop of vodka
The alcoholic swallows
Before he says "no more."
I am the dirty melted snow
That trickles into the gutter
Bringing along small pieces of garbage and debris.
I am the stream
That slowly, slowly wears away the stone.
Moving, traveling, disappearing....
by Regina Walker
Regina Walker is a writer, photographer and psychotherapist in NYC. Both her writing and photography have appeared in various publications and her photos have been on display in a number of galleries in NYC, Florida, NJ, Los Angeles, CA and Woodstock, NY. Regina Walker is the Senior Writer for Revolution Magazine USA and can be reached atReginaannwalker@gmail.com.
I hope that you will also explore the wonderful work at Felino's journal: Of/with. Regina's poems and photographs are on pages 60 to 65. Clifford Brooks and Holly Holt's poems also appear in this issue:
I'll close with a few of Gene Clark's songs from his collaboration with Carla Olson. I am not sure whether Regina intended this poem for the Clark contest, but his songs fit the mood of her poem well. Enjoy!