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Thanks for the prompt, Sadje! What do you see #157

While I might resemble the words in this image, I think I will dedicate this post to my bestie, Terry Susi. Not only do these words describe her, but the whole vibe of the picture speaks her name. Watch below. You’ll understand.


Walk With Me

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Inspired by Sadje’s What do you see #135

nature surrounds us
the delicate breeze
entangles the tree branches
as we breathe in green waves of fresh air

dainty flowers rise up to greet us
painting a pretty picture
the birds follow along our path
filling our space with lovely melodies

clasping your hand
and meeting your eyes
i feel connected to everything
and yet still distinctly separate

John Collins

Intellectual Beauty

Don’t judge the cover
Intellectual Beauty
Hiding in plain sight


Just let yourself be mindful
Open your heart, free your soul
Yearn no more and be JOY!

On a Day like This

Life doesn’t get any better than this
Soaking up the joy
From the radiance of our day star
Sitting is enough
Nothing to do
Watching the day go by
Gentle clouds soaring
Flying with the spirits of the sky

Open Love

No longer hiding
In Fear of insolent stares
Love for all to see

Safe Haven

Nightmares and Dreamscapes
Playground of the subconscious
Hiding Memories
Re-enacted, Translated
Safe haven for the mind’s eye

The Meaning of Us

Eyes see entwined souls
Hearts beat in time as one heart
Eternal Rapture


Author of Of Magick, Myths and Monsters and A Dark State of Mind; John is a self-proclaimed poet and storyteller. Hailing from the coastal city of Swansea in Wales, his passion for writing stems from his childhood imagination. It’s this passion that’s kept him fascinated, and a lover, with all things “Weird and Wonderful”. John was first featured in May 2020 as well as published in The Sound of Brilliance.


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Sylvia Simmons


Jazz, voice music
swinging me smooth
giving me now

Words From a Dream

In the coolness of the day
when the evening sun goes down

There I will take my rest
when I hear the Robin sing
it’s the sign of Spring

My thoughts drift to you and
the love we knew

Love You

I love you more than words can say
I love you in a grand way

It’s beyond love, my passion for you
There is nothing I wouldn’t do to prove my love is true


Sylvia Simmons, a retired public affairs specialist, began writing poetry in her teenage years. As founder and president of SiHoWa Publishing, she authored Feelings Collection, three novels: Anything but Love, An Affair with a Stranger, and Beyond Love. And, A Cancer Survivor’s Journal – The Longest Day of My Life. This is Sylvia’s first feature on The Short of It.


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Burgundy Moon

with lightly treading steps
inhaling deep the richness before me
the breath of the trees
fill my lungs with purity

the tinged mist all around
and the reddish-pinkish orb barely there
brown thin tendrils reach to the sky
as if clamoring to hug it

the magic of this night draws me in
the whispers of the woods fill my head
as if begging for a dance under the burgundy moon
mystery and enchantments guide me further in