The Short Edition Summer Contest Winners!

I want to thank each and every last one of you who voted on my piece – White Washed. It didn’t win but the fact it made the top ten with your help was incredible! The last I saw, it actually reached the top 5. So thank YOU again, for your love and support. It is deeply appreciated. 🙂

Take a moment to check out the winners of the contest – America: Color It In. You can see why they won!

Monica St. Hillaire

CLASH OF THE SYMBOLS

Along nature park,
Ladybug roams Petunia;
Swallow perched on branch.

AMBIENCE

Courtyard stroll displays,
Tulips tucked as Jasmine bloom;
Cloud covers full moon.

KING’S VICTORY

Amidst forest road,
Cheetah concedes Lion’s lunge;
Carcass near tree stump.

WHAT LIES AHEAD

Midday at seaside,
Sail of ship roughened by waves;
Lightning strikes land.

PUREST MORNING

Gardenias petals;
Hold dewdrops moisture and heat –
Summer bees invade.

CIRCLE OF LIFE

Field of Daffodils;
Leaves wither on moth pupa –
Cardinal flies by.

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This is Monica’s second feature on The Short of It. Passionate about writing, she is on a mission to make her mark in the world of wordsmiths. Her love for a challenge draws her to the unique poetry that is haiku; a field she hopes to eventually master. Her journey has only begun. You can read more of her work at Tiny Tots Poetry.

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Precious Pesky Ponderances

Inspired by Reena’s Exploration Challenge #153

awake and alert
the mind focuses
on the tasks at hand
thoughts aligned to achieve results

i am pleased

day dreams slip in
swirling from one fantasy
to the next
thoughts drifting in pleasure

i am captured

sleep beckons my attention
wide awake with intrusion
no, thankfully not tonight
thoughts cease momentarily

i am relieved

nightmares force me awake
jumbling incoherent images
rousing heart-pumping emotions
thoughts gone haywire and weird

i am frightened

always pondering
images, words, feelings
flitting in and about
never-ending and overbearing

sometimes...
   they land on paper
          chapters closed and resolved
   they remain in my heart and mind
           not quite addressed, fearful of consequences
   i yell them at the hologram before me
           the need to purge anger arises
   they land on my cheeks
            the need to feel overwhelms
   i push them into the deep recesses, locked away
             remaining hidden from myself

but always a stream that never stops flowing

Reblog – Almost

This piece resonates so deeply! Whether feeling a huge loss or missing that favorite person, this brings up so many feelz. :_(

A Faded Romantic's Notebook

If I close my eyes

I can almost

spirit you here

your beauty

your body

your smile

your scent

your heat.

But almost

isn’t anywhere

near here.

.

.

© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Casey Baugh

Written a couple of years ago. Yet almost is never near enough.

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Being Discovered

putting myself out there
open and freely

may i always be honest
with you and myself

when you read me
will you understand who I am

can you see beneath the shell
polished by years of dysfunction

and decades of destruction
aimed towards oblivion

when you discover me
will you let me be who i’m meant to be

an incredible, unique, flawed, special, human
meant for better than what i got

can you risk yourself opening
to a world shared and supported

will you grasp that it takes love and nurture
to be whole with me

would you trust me
on this journey

Invaluable

The word invaluable, defined as something extremely useful or indispensable, means powerful and positive. I despise this word. The problem for me that many of the words I’ve learned over the years, which begin with ‘in,’ describe something opposite the definition of the word that follows said ‘in.’ So, my mind has to shift from it being something negative to it being positive. Why is the English language so damn wishy-washy about its rules?

Here is a list of just a few of the words we’ve all grown up to understand as the opposite just because the ‘in’ is in front of it:

incompatible
incomplete
incomprehensible
inconsequential
inexpensive
incommunicative
infallibility
ineffective
ineligible
incomparable
incapable
inappropriate
ineffectual
inconsistent

Add to that, pet peeve #2, people using the word when I’m already conflicted about having to rethink it when I read it! How come they aren’t just as upset as I am?!? And why can’t anyone give me a reasonable explanation as to why the word should even exist?

Then recently, I’m reading a book called 180 more, a book filled with poetry curated by Billy Collins. I adore his work! But right there in the introduction, HE used the word. I was stunned! I had to stop reading for a bit and compose myself. And possibly rethink my relationship with him.

While I realize that words have meanings, and it is in the dictionary, I cannot wrap my mind around the inconsistency (< again LOOK!) of the use of ‘in’ at the front of words which clearly mean to indicate the opposite or worse action of the word.

Anybody else have this quandary?

#Billy Collins – I sure hope you see this. I would love your input. 🙂

Dying And Rebirth

darkening and earthy
losing their luster
in a brilliance of color
autumn leaves
they embolden us
to look at the world differently
just for a bit

we’ll eventually turn the page
to a reborn world
with pastels and primary tints
the foliage and the rest of nature
alive with newness
seeking to dance with the winds
a vibrant mindset awaits

#Whatdoyousee
Image credit – Elena Mozhvilo – Unsplash

Reblog – Submit to The Kali Project

I know there are many talented female Indian writers who follow I Write Her. Please consider submitting your work to this project!!

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I am editing another Anthology in collaboration with CrossTree Press called The Kali Project.

If you are an Indian woman Poet/Artist (or you know of one who may be interested, either in India or internationally) please consider submitting work to The Kali Project. This anthology is a collection of poetry, prosetry, and artwork from women of Indian heritage, in response to the courageous determination of Indian women to gain full equality in India.

Subjects to consider writing about include but are not limited to: Feminism, equality, political upheaval, women’s-rights, sexual violence, LGBTQ rights, gender identity, violence, marriage, concepts of Indian female identity, inequality at the workplace. Change.

The Kali Project is open for submissions until October 22, 2020.

You can submit up to THREE poems and THREE pieces of artwork.

Please submit poems with your full name as the title in Word.

If you are interested in submitting for the…

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