That Glorious Song of Old by Lori D. Roadhouse, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4


THAT GLORIOUS SONG OF OLD   Wheelchairs and daybeds pushed into the main lounge Patronizing smiles of local touring songsters bob condescendingly, fearfully, up and down to jingling bells lights twinkling in odd syncopation fruitcake doled out to those without restricted diets Virgin Mary and virgin eggnog Raise a toast in palsied hands and swallow … Continue reading That Glorious Song of Old by Lori D. Roadhouse, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4

Diwali, Flash Fiction by Lakshmi Kern Devadass, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4


Diwali Diwali is the Indian puja with oil lamps burning luminous at dusk Fireworks burst, color paint the sky with dreams for tomorrows Joy, hope, children and families feast and dance everywhere Singing boisterous mantras for happiness Crowds of flames leaping higher opening heaven's gates Inviting the Goddess of Diwali to homes made sparkling for … Continue reading Diwali, Flash Fiction by Lakshmi Kern Devadass, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4

Cécile Savage in Conversation with Jane SpokenWord, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4


In this month's podcast we introduce you to Cécile Savage, a jazz musician, composer/improviser, singer, poet, and single mother. In our interview she shares her personal experience of parenting a bi-racial child and shattering the glass ceiling of the role of women in jazz. Throughout history, women have made significant contributions to this male dominated … Continue reading Cécile Savage in Conversation with Jane SpokenWord, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4

WordCity Monthly, December 2020 Issue #4


Letter from the Editor, Darcie Friesen Hossack There is not a particle of life that does not bear poetry within it.-Gustave Flaubert When we decided to create an Autumn and Winter Holiday-themed issue of WordCity for December, we had hoped to gather together a celebration of as many religious, cultural and seasonal offerings as possible. … Continue reading WordCity Monthly, December 2020 Issue #4

3 Poems by Masudul Hoq, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4


Christmas Letter   Drowsy leaves of pine- Olive forest- December-snow has become the white page Across Europe -  There, I'm writing a letter.   Letter, engraved on the ice While my hands are getting frozen.   You are searching, on the way to Bethlehem Walking and walking, many decades before.   Still I have no idea … Continue reading 3 Poems by Masudul Hoq, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4

Three Six Five by Jordan Lide, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4


Three Six Five A new year will bring The cleansing sensation Of new beginnings Or the bitter reminder Of old regrets Jordan Lide is a senior at the University of Wollongong studying Management and Theatre. She freelances as a writer and has had works published with the Tertangala, Hyde Magazine, and the blog Less Talk, … Continue reading Three Six Five by Jordan Lide, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4

The Tourist Visa by Sylvia Petter, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4


The Tourist Visa     “The North Pole is melting so where do we go?" "Why, off to the Jungfrau, she's covered in snow. I'll call myself Rudi," the last reindeer said, "and we'll fly down to earth and just park our sled." "But what about visas? They're sticklers, I hear. We can't say we … Continue reading The Tourist Visa by Sylvia Petter, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4

The Christmas Scene by Geraldine Sinyuy, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4


The Christmas Scene Mothers rush in and out of kitchens Each making her best to present the best meals. Fathers rush in and out with chickens Each making sure the chicken’s neck is ringed.   Children keep themselves busy with Christmas trees. Lights blink on the trees; it comes on and off. Sweets and balloons … Continue reading The Christmas Scene by Geraldine Sinyuy, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4

Opal Jewelry and Beckoning Bread by Lydia Renfro, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4


Opal Jewelry and Beckoning Bread For Nana   She was old, at least As if that won’t be us tomorrow. As if life continues on forever and doesn’t snap shut— a screen door while you’re still on the threshold.   She wasn’t in her right mind As if the times she watered tulips or mixed … Continue reading Opal Jewelry and Beckoning Bread by Lydia Renfro, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4

two poems by Mansour Noorbakhsh, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4


Amen Long time ago, once the star war started.  I quit beholding the sky, Moon  and planets around it, and in silence  uttered a dreaming heaven     Rain for me and sea for you  I fled with burning feathers. Am I afraid of falling in love?  What about you?  Choose either absurdity or pain.  Live without any … Continue reading two poems by Mansour Noorbakhsh, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4