Submission Guidelines: Send unpublished poems in the body of an email (NO ATTACHMENTS) to nvneditor[at] No simultaneous submissions. Use "Verse News Submission" as the subject line. Send a brief bio. No payment. Authors retain all rights after 1st-time appearance here. Scroll down the right sidebar for the fine print.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


by William Cullen, Jr.

Image credit: kamchatka / 123RF Stock Photo

Pickup trucks filled with migrants
disappear into the mirage
down the long road
looking for farms
not yet turned to dust.
They say the distant backfires
are really thunder.

William Cullen, Jr. is a veteran and works at a non-profit in Brooklyn, NY. His poetry has appeared in Farming Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Gulf Stream, Home Planet News, Pirene's Fountain, Right Hand Pointing, Spillway, Willows Wept Review and Written River.