Eye On Life Magazine

Make every day a beautiful day.

Eye on Life Magazine is a Lifestyle and Literary Magazine.  Enjoy articles on gardening, kitchen cooking, poetry, vintage decor, and more.


Steam rising from the steel slit of the whistle’s mouth.

Shuffling feet, tin heels. A water tower on stilts, a ladder

to the grain silo. The spiteful truth is waiting

to be labor-smacked, the working class

proffers chicken flavored milk bones

to the family dog, when the family is off

on holiday: a meadow: a beach

with green sand: algae, dandelion pressings

to separate journal pages – is that enough? No-

one suspects the daddy-

longlegs of its reputed poison, we allow him

to crawl along the pink spindle of our turning wrist, a skein

of his impossible path. We watch the sun sink into the lake,

our backs pressed against the fence of our City

Alderman’s summer cottage, white and picketed,

swollen where the tide has picked away its skin.

He, crawling through hair; we, picking willow reeds

to press between our thumbs and whistle. 

When it is time for fire, time to find dry sticks and whittle points,

we pinch our poor daddies by the end of their long legs,

pluck them like daisies – keen enough to ask for love

with each amputation, young enough to feel truly indifferent.


Jim Davis 

Second Place Winner, Eye On Life Poetry Contest 2011-2012