Rick Hartwell is a retired
middle school teacher living in Moreno Valley, California,
with his wife of thirty-five years (poor soul, her, not
him), their disabled daughter, one of their sons and his
ex-wife and their two children, and ten cats! Rick has
had or will have forthcoming articles, stories,
novellas, poems, or memoirs published in Educational
Leadership, English Journal, California English, Kappa Delta
Pi Record, The Voice, Sunspots, Once Upon A Time, Vietnam
Magazine, Midwest Literary Review: Winter Canons,
PigeonBike & the Painting: Ekphrasis Challenge.
Stray Branch: Spring/Summer 2011 and 2013,
West Ward Quarterly: Spring,
Flasquake: Spring, Anointed: A Devotional Anthology,
Folded Word: Freight Collective,
Burnt Bridge: Those Who
Served, Cover Feature-Vietbam Flashbacks.
of purple, blurred within the green.
Eyes race to refocus on the black-yellow butterfly
Flitting among the blooms. Of this, or these, is an
Impressionistic life made and my soul is satisfied
In the late afternoon of my life; alone, not lonely.
Reversed image in the rearview mirror of my memory,
Butterfly garnering more anonymous sex in a single day
Than Iíve encountered in a lifetime of anonymous afternoons.
All poems originally appeared online in 2011 at
Cherry Blossom Review
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