In February by Rodd Whelpley - Twist in Time Literary Magazine
I miss the cricketsand cicadas – string section of a glorious summer.The bows and arrows,the whole historyof Valentinescan never be the equalof the after-sunset humon June the fifth, heat lightning or else a violent storm – strobe light of clouds.The syncopated ticksof beetles on the window glass.The ache of winter absentin the marrow. Summer on the tongue, a cocktail mix, a stir of memory and snow, a jigger of anticipation. ____________________________________________________________ Rodd Whelpley manages an electric efficiency program for 32 cities across Illinois and lives near Springfield. His poems have appeared inBarren, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, 2River View, Star 82 Review, The Chagrin River Review and other journals. Catch as Kitsch Can, his first chapbook, was published in 2018. Find him at