365 by Owen Lucas

The last days were difficult.

That central joist had been

Removed, and the big top

Fell, billowing, and he was

Not much further from us,

In truth, but transposed in

An uncertain way, become

A stranger. The words he

Spoke had an antic quality,

And his face moved beyond

Itself, as to the limit of its

Physical properties. The new

Medicine worked him down,

And he would cry bitterly,

As children do, without cause,

Unreasonable to himself,

And call to God and mother

Indiscriminately, thinking

Them perhaps to be one.

His brothers drank whiskey

And smoked and spat from

The porch and spoke softly,

Coming in to him and staring

For a few minutes twice a day.

The signal flame and its dark

Remnant. Fuel, and a caulk

Of wax petals, drooping out.

He wore a white nightshirt

Like a child’s, sweat it yellow.


An instant rose to him, one

Morning. He drew upright and

His mouth opened and he

Shuddered and smiled and

Fell back to his pillow—


“Es ist ein Traum,

Ich will ihn weiter träumen.”


Owen Lucas is a British writer living in Norwalk, Connecticut whose poems and translations have featured in journals and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. His recent work can be read in Agave, Off the Coast, Burningword, Pacifica, Electric Windmill, Clarion, and RiverLit. In September, Mountain Tales Press will publish his first chapbook, “Afterworks”. For more, visit owenlucaspoems.com



Happy 4th! All credits for photos are listed below and with photo.

Kim – 183/365  (Mechki): http://www.flickr.com/photos/mechki/7497919320/in/photostream/

Canada Day Fireworks (Gordzilla1): http://www.flickr.com/photos/gordzilla/7497704168/in/photostream/

Alexandra Carrie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexandrachilds/7496416074/in/photostream/

CCEVO BBQ (Jd Lazaro): www.facebook.com/twreckfilms

Mike P Scott: http://www.flickr.com/photos/41171029@N02/7495539332/in/photostream/

go chris go: http://www.flickr.com/photos/63511705@N06/7495458602/in/photostream/

Lake Burton Fireworks (William Klausmeyer): http://www.flickr.com/photos/68215493@N06/7494820362/in/photostream/

Canada Day Fireworks 075 (Toontown Whitefox) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/btang/7492523988/in/faves-photodolce/

Single Firework (Aaron Priestly-Wright) : http://www.apwpictures.com/

#jimmyrex is a #fireworks #wizard: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11494093@N02/7492167366/in/photostream/

Life_In_Colour: http://www.flickr.com/photos/life_in_colour/7492044916/in/photostream/

Fireworks0868 (Shelley B): http://www.flickr.com/photos/benshell/7491497820/in/photostream/

Fireworks have begun (calvarycapecod) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/cccapecod/7491199966/in/photostream/

Canada Day Fireworks Edmonton 2012 -25 (bpc1930’s) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/bpc1930/7490557168/in/photostream/

Bill Chivers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11801694@N08/7490224632/in/photostream/

Ryan Stubbs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/haljackey/7490202740/in/photostream/

Paramus, NJ fireworks (Rebecca Schear) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/xiivii/7488217432/in/photostream/

shockwaves in the night sky II (Alan Mcclelland) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyelyft/7466234540/in/photostream/

glory night 3 (Flash Berger): http://www.flickr.com/photos/flashberger/7338584772/in/photostream/

phyirwerc (Alykk): http://www.flickr.com/photos/64373472@N03/7288686206/in/photostream/

Richard Spiller: http://www.flickr.com/photos/68510809@N06/7178215329/in/photostream/

Daytime Fireworks (J-Fish) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/j-fish/7057970665/in/photostream/

malta — grand harbour — fireworks (Adrian Cilia) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/drinu_c/6983825140/in/photostream/

Fireworks30 (Shine Sudhakaran): http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny_royale/6864474538/in/photostream/

Firework Blur (Chris Thompson) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/fastchris/6318487930/in/photostream/

Swans and Fireworks 1 (sanpani) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanpani/6312924756/in/photostream/

Sparklers in a bucket : http://www.cjjohnson.tv/

Fireworks 1, Geneva (Federica): http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanakin88/6058899384/in/photostream/

fireworks (Stefan Pettersson): http://www.flickr.com/photos/seat55/5710280806/in/faves-photodolce/

Fireworks // Udine // 2011 (Ermanno Peressini): http://www.flickr.com/photos/22536107@N08/5312538382/in/photostream/

Fireworks across the lake (Sarah-Louise Burns): http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahlouisee__xo/5152335823/in/photostream/

Fireworks (Shin Mimura): http://www.flickr.com/photos/kokix/4881394478/in/faves-photodolce/

fireworks 2 (Will Montague): http://www.flickr.com/photos/willmontague/3689143770/in/photostream/

Fireworks (Guus Krol) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/guuskrol/2948508897/in/faves-photodolce/

Fireworks (Radek Bednařík) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbe_czi/2817074442/in/faves-photodolce/

Eke Miedaner: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eam/756467806/in/photostream/

Monterey 4th of July Fireworks (Paige Adams): http://www.flickr.com/photos/phadams/722722143/in/faves-photodolce/

1344 Fireworks with prisms (Lois Elling) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/catdancing/186015425/in/photostream/




Holi is the Hindu festival of colors. It celebrates the coming of spring, fruitful harvests, unity, joy, and a tale from the Bhagavad Gita. In addition to the throwing of colored powder (Holi Gulal) it is traditional to light bonfires in celebration of the miraculous escape that young devotee of the god Vishnu. A demon tried to throw him into a fire, but he escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. In most areas, Holi lasts about two days. One of Holi’s biggest customs is the loosening strictness of social structures, which normally include age, sex, status, and caste. Holi closes the wide gaps between social classes and brings Hindus together. Together, the rich and poor, women and men, enjoy each other’s presence on this joyous day. Additionally, Holi lowers the strictness of social norms. No one expects the decorum of normal life; as a result, the atmosphere is filled with excitement and joy.

Hazmat Modine

HAZMAT MODINE draws from the rich soil of American music of the 20’s and 30’s through to the 50’s and early 60’s, blending elements of early Blues, Hokum Jugband, Swing, Klezmer, New Orleans R & B, and Jamaican Rocksteady. The band is fronted by two harmonicas which use call and response, harmony, melody, and syncopated interweaving rhythms. The band includes tuba, guitar, and percussion, claviola and Hawaiian steel guitar. The band’s sound reflects musical influences ranging from Avant-garde Jazz to Rockabilly and Western Swing to Middle-Eastern, African, and Hawaiian musical styles.



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