Xaviel Lugo Arias

Inspired by FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Challenge 5/31/19 – Art

art conveys
what the mouth cannot

visual feelings
are words come to life

the beauty in the image
convey a connection

every chance to look again
is a moment to go back to a memory


This piece was painted by my friend Xaviel. I adore his art! Enjoy all his work!


These words found at Fractal Enlightenment were a powerful reminder to me that I don’t always feel this way. Believing those words can be difficult when life drags me to dark places sometimes. Especially that last bit – deserving to be loved. It still pisses me off that situations in my past contribute to that feeling. Shitty parenting being the crux of it. My parents didn’t know how to do it right. They’re gone, and I’m still here. The aftermath of that was up to me to heal.

For the most part, I’m ok. Actually, better than just ok. My life is good and most of my moments are too. I’ve made sure to surround myself with people who ground me. Now, I just need to feel the words of this meme more days than not.

I guess working this out is a part of life’s journey.



Inspired by Reena’s Exploration Challenge #89


land decimated
nature’s forces so brutal
scared people fleeing

The first thought in my head in response to this prompt is the havoc nature is playing with us in multiple states in the USA. I happen to live in Kansas where this season we have endured endless rain, severe flooding and thunderstorms, a few tornado watches and an actual warning of one approaching our area. Unfortunately, those turned devastating elsewhere in the state. Luckily, my family and friends haven’t been terribly affected, but some were not so fortunate. Nature can be so damn beautiful and expressive, then ravage you in an instant.

Dead On Arrival


took you
way too long
to trust me when
I was already
all wound up in this love.
Your willingness to provide
me with security, comfort,
and peace appeared incredibly late.
Now, all you’re doing is playing catch-up.
Now, all I’m doing – losing interest.
The flame, once bright, shines so much less now.
The feelings of desire have peaked.
Thinking about our future.
Where do we go from here?
Turning away now.
Letting go now.
Goodbye then.
It’s too


Big shoutout to Luna for publishing my piece Cold on The Poetry Bar! ❤


you threw the first rock
the force of it landed
the pain came in slivers

you broke open
love’s shelter
it’s no longer safe here

our warmth escaped
cold steeliness seeped in
my blood curdled icy

Susi Bocks began her writing career later in life after her children were raised and had begun their own life journey. Author of published two books – Feeling Human and Every Day I Pause – you can read and get to know her at or follow on Facebook here

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I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #21


Welcome back to my weekly challenge. It’s time to get your creative juices on again!
So tell me, how would you interpret this image above?


PLEASE follow them! I’d hate to not see your piece(s) represented in the recap the following week! Confused? Any questions – email me at   

For more detailed information, read about this challenge here.

  • Create a standard three line, 5/7/5 syllable count haiku/senryu
  • Deadline to submit for this week’s challenge will be 11:59pm 6/1/19
  • Up to 3 pieces permitted
  • Link your piece to this “IWH Haiku/Senryu Challenge” on your post
  • Always give photo credit if there is one
  • Complete entry form below

Above all else, have fun and be creative with this! 🙂

Every week I’m fascinated to see how the prompt will be interpreted. Amazing job this go-around! Looking forward to your upcoming visions. 🙂

Daily Doodle

 Nan – Contemplation – CHASING THE MUSES

Ruth – I See You – RuthScribbles

Hélène Vaillant – Within – Willow Poetry

Jen Goldie – Starlight and Moonbeams and The Occasional Cat

Deborah – Crushed Dreams – AWISEWOMANSJOURNEY

Eugenia – Predictions – ThusNSuch

Dorinda Duclos – His Art – Night Owl Poetry

CJ Holm – Choice – PrairieChat

Susan Zutautas – Remorseful – Susan’s Place

Havoc – Reena Saxena

Tien Skye – Acceptance – FROM THE WINDOW SEAT


Dosing As Needed


waking up to an unusual ease
it’s going to be a good day

aahh, relaxed
breathing a sigh of relief

gone is the strain from yesterday
the agitation has lifted

would that every morning
felt this way

a smile can emerge again
not feigned, but real

there’s hope again
thank you, science