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Issue 9: August 2021
Poem: 78 words
By Peter Jastermsky

A Desert Year

our first year in 
and Nature still sends us 
its idea of housewarming gifts, 
insects of all sizes 
and fear factors 

still, we are grateful 
as crawly things share their world 
and then we rescue ourselves 
with help from a handy cup 
so critters, too, can relocate 

you know, it’s not every night 
one can sleep with a scorpion 
and here, too, kindness counts, 
just as it does with neighbors 
we’ll never be friends with 


Peter Jastermsky
Issue 9, August 2021

is an award-winning cherita poet, a Best of the Net and Dwarf Star nominee, and the author of six books of haiku-based writing. His titles include Steel Cut Moon (Cholla Needles Press, 2019), The Silence We Came For (Yavanika Press), and Just Dust and Stone, with Bryan Rickert (Velvet Dusk Publishing). In 2017, Peter invented a new linked form, the split sequence, which is haiku-centered. His short-form writing has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Failed Haiku, Haibun Today, KYSO Flash, The Aurorean, and The Cherita. Peter lives with his family in the high desert of southern California.

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