“In Bed With You” by Haley Morgan McKinnon

in bed with you


on the nights when your snoring is gentle it radiates

through your body like the most comforting thunder


tonight you hum with it, and even in your sleep you

reach out to me, wrap me up

inside your rumbling warmth

as if to say my love thank you

for the ways you can calm the tempest within me


and I try

to match my delicate breathing to yours, bury my head

into your chest, imagine

the relief of a summer storm


you don’t shake when you’re asleep


but dear god most nights

you sound like an old car

trying desperately to turn over but just grinding

rusted gears inside your lungs, please forgive

my inability to ignore it


I have written

enough sappy love poems to put

the entire state of Vermont out of business, but

my darling you know how I hate it when

my hands get sticky


I fear I have not spent enough time

remembering how sweet it all is


I hate your snoring

but I hate sleeping alone even more, it is

too quiet

too still


I can stand

for one night, or thousands

to lie awake and marvel at how perfectly alive you are next to me


Artist Bio: Haley Morgan McKinnon is a poet and playwright based in Portland, OR. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Pacific University, and works as an editor for Cascadia Rising Review. Her work has been previously published in The Almagre Review, and more can be found online on New Play Exchange, or on Instagram at hmm.writer. 

“Distance” by J George


You might wonder, why I keep writing you poems,

day after day.

one after the other.

A belief, word by word, a sentence would travel the miles,

unraveling a message of love,

at your lips;

Channeling the extremities of our country’s north and south.


A belief, the words would take me closer to you,

widening the pages,

shortening the distance,

till I taste your scent, like my breath.

An untamed desire to listen the reverie chirping in your eyes.

Feel the sense of your first touch on mu skin;

brushing my memory slate,

The chillness of Januaries in Pondy.


I write to you,

back to back

day after day, one after the other;

For in these pages are delved an exotic burrow to you,

which I see indefinitely.


Artist Bio:
JGeorge is a 26 year old writer from Pondicherry. Her poems have
appeared in several online and print journals, most recently in “The
Martian Chronicles”, “FishfoodMag”, “Muse India”, “Madras Courier”,
“Spark the Magazine”, “VerbalArt”, anthologies of “Boundless”(Rio
Grande Valley International Poetry Festival 2019) and “Love, As We
Know It” (Delhi Poetry Slam). Currently, she is pursuing her research
at Pondicherry University.