Beauty and Ugliness

Ugliness The slime we smear across features Different than our own. Denying beauty In the face Of truth and varying tastes. Proclaiming permanence On changeable humanity. We say beauty Is skin deep But it is always there To be discovered In the unlikeliest of candidates Despite wrinkles Tears and cares Despite age Shape and size Despite … Continue reading Beauty and Ugliness

The Courtyard

Out in the stone courtyard Waiting You're right there on the other side Your world beyond you Hidden in sun and shade and the whisper of a thousand plants. What would I find If I were there Closer Accepted Even invited? Have weeds overrun your garden? Or is all beautiful Tranquil As alive as ever? … Continue reading The Courtyard

Making a Novel #atozchallenge #amwriting

I was going to write about novels under "N," but I also wanted to cover "Networking," so I'm going to talk about the novel under "Making a Novel." The novel, as we know it now, has been evolving for centuries and will likely continue to do so. It began in such forms as Tom Jones and Pamela, in … Continue reading Making a Novel #atozchallenge #amwriting

Where Does Today Find You?

Waking up to a world of delight? Or caught in ditches of sorrows? Do you look to the future with hopeful eyes Or gaze at endless tomorrows? Edging close to where the ground ends, The place where we take to our wings? Or shuffling along, in deepening gloom, As a heavenly chorus sings? Wherever light … Continue reading Where Does Today Find You?

Playing Games

Beware of sidewalks Most especially the cracks Be wary of strangers And don't cross the tracks   And so we play with shadows Fractions of a heart Playing games with secrets Until we break apart.   Could things be different If we turned grown? Instead of splintered fragments, Fully loved and fully known?   Copyright … Continue reading Playing Games

Spotlight Saturday #18: Must You Write Poetry or Prose?

I try to give my end-of-week post to other authors and bloggers whose work is worth noting. There are so many excellent articles out there, so many good poems and stories and artwork that I want to use my online space, once a week, to share something you might otherwise miss. To see last week’s … Continue reading Spotlight Saturday #18: Must You Write Poetry or Prose?

Contest for Fiction and Poetry

I came across this on my desk the other day and decided I should pass it on to all of you. The contest is legitimate, as far as I know. I have attended the Nimrod Writing workshops twice, and I found them excellent resources for interacting with other writers and hearing from the authors who … Continue reading Contest for Fiction and Poetry