Ellen Pickus

The lovers in berets like to nuzzle
under Cherbourg umbrellas or Parisian sky.
The girl fits the protozoan piece of puzzle
into the upper left section of sky.
The turbaned poet pens his ghazal
through the star-filled night till dawn lights the sky.
Bill Sykes walks his terrier without a muzzle
under Dickensian London’s lowering sky.
She will not allow herself to guzzle
beer nor overeat mangos under a sweet summer sky.


ELLEN PICKUS taught English and creative writing for thirty years on Long Island, where she lives with her husband and her son. Retired, she now conducts creative writing workshops for adults and does volunteer work at an elementary school. Her work has appeared in Long Island Quarterly, PPA Review, Fan Magazine, Midwest Poetry Review, The Avocet, Blue Unicorn and The Ghazal Page and in the anthology recently edited by Nassau poet laureate Gayl Teller, Toward Forgiveness. She won first place for her poetry at the Rockville Centre Guild for the Arts, the Plainview Y, the Performance Poets Association and the North Shore Land Alliance. She is selling her book of poetry, Bittersweet Is an Acquired Taste, to raise money to help fight Alzheimer’s, a disease that affected her mother.