Black and white photograph of a street sign reflected in a puddle

A Sign by Jerome Berglund



by Karina Guardiola-Lopez


My hands are haunted
They wish to hold you again
Settling in dreams

They hold each other
Seek warmth in your brown torn gloves
Caressing my face

Stroke my knotted hair
Make shadows on walls, saying
You will not return




Karina Guardiola-Lopez, MSED, is a poet, writer, educator, author of Textual Time Capsules, Jewtina Journals, and co-author of Live Big Girl. Her poetry has appeared in For Women who Roar, Writing For Peace, Great Weather for Media, The Scrib Arts Journal, Indolent Books, Acentos Review, LaLiberta Online, and many other publications. She has featured at The NYC Poetry Festival at Governor’s Island, The National Black Theatre, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, and other locations. For more information go to


Jerome Berglund graduated from the cinema-television production program at the University of Southern California, and has spent much of his career working in television and photography. His work has been featured prominently in many journals, including gracing the cover of the most recent issue of pacificREVIEW. His pictures have further been published and awarded in local papers, and in 2019 he staged an exhibition in the Twin Cities area which included a residency of several months at a local community center. A selection of his black and white fine art photographs was showcased at the Pause Gallery in New York over last Winter’s holiday season, and his fashion photography is currently on display at the BG Gallery in Santa Monica.