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featured poets ~ Joy Ann Jones aka Hedgewitch @hedge_witch

featured  poets
at  my  heart’s  love  songs

{ originally  posted  April  2012 }

Joy Ann Jones
aka  Hedgewitch

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs and i decided to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:

Joy Ann Jones
aka  Hedgewitch

Joy Ann Jones  { aka Hedgewitch when she is roaming around the internet }   {@hedge_witch}   is an extraordinary poet whose words weave spells of enchantment and wonder on her blog Verse Escape.  Joy has two books of  poetry published with Shay Caroline Simmons and Kelli Simpson ~  Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn: three American women poets”   available   HERE  and   “Three-Note Howl:  The Wild Hunt”   available  HERE.   there are two wonderful interviews, one at Poets United   HERE   and one at imaginary garden with real toads   HERE.

 

in her own words,  she is ~

 

a  “Graduate of Satan’s Reform School for Wayward Girls.  Doctorate in Verbosity from STFU.”

 

don’t let that fool you though  ~  Joy is a very kind and generous soul.  granted,  with a razor-sharp wit.  oh,  and she grows things…   beautiful gardeny things.  here is a sample of  the poems she grows  ~

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Incubus II”    by   Joy Ann Jones/Hedgewitch

Tonight the incubus is in
a vile mood.
His pouts are puffs of sulphur
huffed on my walls,
leaving a yellow palled
skin of ill will;
his tail jerks and…..Read More

 via  Verse Escape   (c) Joy Ann Jones. Joy blogs as Hedgewitch at Verse Escape

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Vessel   by  Joy Ann Jones/Hedgewitch

When the moon
is winking
like the Grey Sisters’ eye
passed from housetop
to housetop, glassy bright
and wide as a fawn’s
I feel your touch
the wind in the night
cool on fever’s summer,
you who can kiss with…..Read More


via  Verse Escape  (c) Joy Ann Jones. Joy blogs as Hedgewitch at Verse Escape

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Ritual    by  Joy Ann Jones/Hedgewitch

The drum is beating low
but constant like Leviathon’s heart
far up in the moonless basin
filled with the ocean of  night.
 
The flame flares with the ghosts of grasses
born on the banshee’s wind.
The bent man circles in his animal mask
rustling soft the rattle of bone.
 
In this black of smoke and flicker
his chant is a shine, his words…..Read More

via  Verse Escape  (c) Joy Ann Jones. Joy blogs as Hedgewitch at Verse Escape

artwork ~ Figure de pleureuse. Musée du Louvre
Pourrait être Isis pleurant Osiris  {in the public domain}
18th Dynasty Terracotta sculpture; thought to be Isis mourning Osiris

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Faerie Tales    by  Joy Ann Jones/Hedgewitch

Once upon a time
a nightingale
pressed her breast upon a thorn
trilled her last liquid song
to stain for a fool
one perfect rose red.

Once upon a time
a mermaid renounced her tail…..Read More

via  Verse Escape  (c) Joy Ann Jones. Joy blogs as Hedgewitch at Verse Escape

artwork ~  Clonfert mermaid from Clonfert Cathedral, Clonfert, County Galway, Ireland

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Raven and Stone    by  Joy Ann Jones/Hedgewitch

Artists: J. Gould and E. Gould; Lithographer: E. Gould

 

The raven holds
a found brightness in his claw
that his sharp beak
will never crack
yet he eyes it with
the very speaking soul
of possession,
one hunger set aside
while another feeds…..Read More

 

 

 


via  Verse Escape  (c) Joy Ann Jones. Joy blogs as Hedgewitch at Verse Escape

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2012 featured poet at my hearts love songs

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featured poets ~ Kelli Simpson aka @Mama Zen

featured  poets
at  my  heart’s  love  songs

{ originally  posted  April  2012 }

Kelli Simpson
aka  Mama Zen

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs and i decided to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:

Kelli  Simpson
aka  Mama Zen

Kelli is better known in the poetry blogosphere as  Mama Zen.  she has two blogs,  the Zen of  Motherhood  and her poetry blog,   another damn poetry blog‘.  Kelli has two books of  poetry published with Shay Caroline Simmons and Joy Ann Jones  ~  Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn: three American women poets”  available   HERE  and  “Three-Note Howl:  The Wild Hunt”  available  HERE.  there are two wonderful interviews detailing her writing background,  including her earlier years as a singer/songwriter  HERE at  imaginary garden with real toads   and   HERE  at  Poets United.  twitter:  @MamaZen

the word that first comes to mind when describing Kelli’s writing is  exquisite {and sometimes joyfully raunchy!}  i love Kelli’s poetry and i’m sure you will, too.

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A Drinking Song”    by   Mama Zen

Right hand turns to salt.

Left hand turns to stone.

Right foot in the dragon’s mouth.

Left foot safe…..Read More

via   another damn poetry blog

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Bartholomew   by   Mama Zen

You gave me your blessing
and a promise of fair weather.
I gave you head
in an empty bathroom stall.

Bartholomew

May the saints preserve us
like little jars of pickles
stacked…..Read more

via  another damn poetry blog

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Deflowered   by   Mama Zen

Petals
fall
my shirt
he loves me
my bra
he loves…..Read More

via  another damn poetry blog

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Dreaming”    by   Mama Zen

Serotonin dreams,
sweet and strange.
Low dose reality.
High Freudian frolic.
And, you.

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Fragile words…..Read More

via  another damn poetry blog

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Dinner Wear   by   Mama Zen

Tonight, let’s dress for dinner.
I’ll wear resentment like an ugly sweater.
You can slip into your favorite sense of entitlement.
We’ll put on some Mahler,
throw the good…..Read More

via  the Zen of  Motherhood

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featured poets ~ the men (part one) including @ArtOfLeo @Aurinth @_Monocle_ @Seanotd @FewMiles

featured  poets
at  my  heart’s  love  songs

{ originally  posted  April  2012 }

marvelous  men  poets
{ some of  them anyway ~
more to come }

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs and i decided to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

{ in alphabetical order by first name }

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featured poet:

Chris  Galford

Chris Galford  is a writer,  reviewer,  photographer,  journalist,  and amateur philosopher from the American MidWest recently transplanted to Colorado.   Chris has two blogs:   The Waking Den,  which features poetry,  fiction  &  photography;  and  Galford Photography.   he has written three novels:   “The Hollow March“,     “At Faith’s End”  and   “As Feathers Fall.”   Chris currently works as a freelance  journalist,  editor  and photographer.
Twitter:  @Aurinth

all of  Chris’  poetry is superb,  but my favorite is his haiku ~ he is a true master of  the form.  Chris has been very kind to me in his insightful comments at my blog,  and i hope he knows how much  i’ve appreciated it.  in his own words ~

“I am a graduate of  Michigan State University (Go Spartans!),  and one of the many fresh,  starving masses of grads with a BA in Journalism…  I have been writing since I was little,  and my greatest pleasure in life would be to spend my years as an author and a poet,  creativity my only guide and only boundary.  In the meantime,  writing is my escape,  and my blog,  the host for my work.”

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Experience    by   Chris G.

I See

I Rise

I Learn

I Know Life

Bu…..Read More

via  THE WAKING DEN

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One more night”    by   Chris G.

Jacob’s Dream Adam Elsheimer

Child wakes

the deep dark drink

Eternity

lost somewhere between

the closet and the sheets,

mother’s cries…..Read More

via  THE WAKING DEN

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Sleepless  #Haiku    by   Chris G.

Sleepless night.

Soft sweat…..Read More

via  THE WAKING DEN

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featured poet:

Vinay Ravindranath
aka   Leo,  the Amateur Poet

Leo is unique in my world ~  i met him when he wrote a review of  my blog in 2010.   i like him,  not because he was so kind in the review  { okay,  that may be part of  why i  first liked him }  but because he is a nice man who has always encouraged me in my writing,  and an excellent  poet and writer…  i don’t understand how he came by the name  “Amateur Poet”  as that is sooooo far from the truth.  you can find him on facebook  HERE.   Leo  has a blog  I  Rhyme Without Reason.   i love the quote he has there  ~

“I  write for the same reason I  breathe ~  because if  I didn’t,  I would die.”
~  Isaak Asimov

a little about  Leo in his own words ~

“… I rhyme without reason,  coz my love for writing is unconditional.  To me,  writing is an art that I’m trying to perfect.  I’ve been blogging since November 2006 and it wasn’t my first choice actually,  blogging…  I was brought to this beautiful world by a friend,  and  I’ve not looked back since.”

twitter  { @ArtOfLeo }

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on heart’s papers”    by   Leo

forgive my broken feet,
for they are dead tired;
dancing with the ghosts
gathered from my past,
around me like a hoop.
painful my life, topples;
hit by a thousand tears,
I wish to…..Read More

via  I  Rhyme Without Reason

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Blinded emotions…   by   Leo

All walls, but one,
seem broken now;

In velvet clouds,
black – like kohl
that lined her eyes,
floats a
…..Read More

via  I  Rhyme Without Reason

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Two Ways..   by   Leo

A glass half drunk, a glass half full
Two ways to look at life, my friend
Which way is right, which way doth pull?
A glass half drunk, a glass half full
Does one lead wrong, on eyes put wool?
From life steal
…..Read More

via  I  Rhyme Without Reason

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featured poet:

Raziel Moore
aka Monocle

Monocle  { @_Monocle_ } is an extremely  talented writer of  poetry,  prose and erotica,  as well as an amazing artist and photographer.  you can find links to Monocle’s  books, anthologies and associated blogs  HERE  { adult themes }.  he posts short poetry to his site  Microlensing  and is one of the founders of    The Erotic Writer   {be forewarned that the site contains explicit erotica.}   i love Monocle’s writing.  please click on  “read more”  below to read the poems in their entirety or visit his site at  Microlensing   { some poems are adult-oriented but the ones below are simply stunning. }

in his twitter profile,  this is what Monocle says about himself  ~

“I am the little devil on your shoulder,  stroking your neck with my tail,  whispering obscenities into your ear,  and looking down your blouse.”

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foci”    by   Monocle

We hold in our minds
entire universes
that can on
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via  Microlensing

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halfway  by   Monocle

Halfway to eclipse

the…..Read More

via  Microlensing

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soft-focus  by   Monocle

The soft-focus of faith
blurs the world’s sharp edges
but doesn’t
…..Read More

via   Microlensing

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an extra treat….     a photograph which needs no words  ~

penumbral moon  by   Monocle

via  Microlensing

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featured poet:

Richard Cody

Richard Cody  is a writer of poetry and fiction,  widely published in the small press arena.  you can find him on  facebook  HERE.  in recent years all of his work has been influenced by Eastern forms of poetry such as haiku and tanka.   since 2002 Richard has maintained the blog,  Notes From a Life in Progress,  now mainly a haiku journal.  and  Richard’s  flickr  photostream is  HERE.   Richard  is the author of  The Top Floor,  The Jewel in the MomentDarker Corners,  and  This is Not My Heart  –  all available at  Richard Cody – Poetry and Fiction  and on  Amazon  HERERichard  has always been very kind and supportive of  my writing.  { thank you,  Richard! }  in his own words ~

“Writer,  photographer,  doodler,  and chaser of  The Muse.”

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After the rain”   by   Richard Cody

After the rain

each blade…..Read More

via  Notes From a Life in Progress

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It is late.    by   Richard Cody

It is late.

It is late, I say,
And I don’t mean the time of day.

Though darkness is visible as I write,
And the windows rattle in their panes
As they do only at night.

It is late beyond the ability
of any clock to
…..Read More

via  Notes From a Life in Progress

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three    by  Richard Cody

I loved a girl wild and free
who loved in return but not just me.
“You suit me best,” she said
“On a Tuesday in my bed.”

She loved six other men
and then

I loved a girl…..Read More

via  Notes From a Life in Progress

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featured poet:

Sean  Vessey
aka   knight’s heart

i met  Sean Vessey  { @Seanotd }  on twitter,  as seems the case with so many of the poets i know.  he writes poetry and prose.  Sean tweets poetry,  as many poets do,  but he takes it one step further  …actually several steps further…    he live tweets poetry  “duets”  with other poets on a level that is unsurpassed.  to see reprints of  a few of  these amazing poetry collaborations,  visit his blog   KNIGHT OF THE HEART  {KNIGHTSHEART}  or  Shân Ellis’  blog  MUSINGS AND SMATTERINGS  { @Awdures }   or  Leslie Moon’s  blog   Moondustwriter’s Blog  { @moondustwriter }.   in his own words ~

“Funny. Poet Man. Hoosier. Survivor. Loves: my daughters, funny kids, dogs, games, cats, beaches, books, movies & moonlight walks with my lady. Wolf confined to night.”

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My Choice”   by   Sean Vessey

My choices

I love all of you

Only…..Read More

via  KNIGHT OF THE HEART  (KNIGHTSHEART)

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I Rise”   by   Sean Vessey

Filled with desire  (life)  of its own
I rise
Escaping out of darkness
I rise
Floating on fresh
current

…..Read More

via  KNIGHT OF THE HEART  (KNIGHTSHEART)

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Last Dance”   by   Sean Vessey

Can you walk away
from love
Say I am not worthy
of such a heart
Let the mists of time
hide your pain

Can you take any
ch
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via  KNIGHT OF THE HEART  (KNIGHTSHEART)

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featured poet:

Saravana Kumar Murugan
aka  Someone is Special  ( SiS )

Saravana Kumar Murugan  { @FewMiles }  writes under the pen name  Someone is Special  (SiS).  i met him mid-February 2011 at his blog,  Few Miles  where he writes poetry and prose.  he is incredibly supportive of  other poets  { including me,  which i greatly appreciate. }   SiS works as a software engineer and is currently living and working in Germany although his roots are from India.  in his own words ~

Writing is my passion, and I am born in this world to express my dreams, I do so as poems and prose. I do prefer poetry as it helps me to rhyme what I love to, and attain peace.”

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! Wishes ! ”    by   Someone is Special

{ As a human being… }

O my beautiful God!
Give me the world
With no trace of war
Give me the country
With no
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via   Few Miles

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True Love Never Ends”   by   Someone is Special

The bridge is not so long
I can come to you along
The cold is killing you and me
I can give y…..Read More

via   Few Miles

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Happy Friendship Day   by   Someone is Special

God must have known that
We need a gentle tap on our back
when we feel down;
We need a hug to comfort us
when we feel lonely;
We need a word of praise
when we win;
We need a hand to brush away our tear
when we are sad;

To share little things in life
with some special
…..Read More

via   Few Miles

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2012 featured poet at my heart’s love songs

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featured poets ~ Estrella Azul @EstrellaAzul

featured  poets
at  my  heart’s  love  songs

{ originally  posted  April  2012 }

Estrella  Azul

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs and i decided to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:

Estrella  Azul
@EstrellaAzul

I met Estrella  at least five years ago on twitter  { @EstrellaAzul }   and she is one of  my dearest twitter friends ~ not just via tweets,  but through emails and even old-fashioned snail mail  { as she calls it. }  she lives in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca, Romania  but could truly be the girl next door in any country ~  as long as that girl is a young woman bursting with talent and creativity and sweetness.  Estrella is a staff  writer at  Milliver’s Travels   and was Associate Editor of  Friday Flash Dot Org.

Estrella may only have one blog  Life’s  a  stage  Weblog©   but  she includes enough for  four or five sites ~  poetry,  prose,  her thoughts about life,  recipes,  crafts,  home-made beauty products,  photography,  and charm ~ Estrella is one of  the most charming people you will ever meet.   Estrella describes her blog as  “a glimpse of  what matters to this writer most,  and what makes her heart beat a little faster…”  i think of  it as a showcase for the extraordinary talents of  a unique and wonderful woman.

read more about this fascinating woman { including links to published works and interviews }  HERE.

in her own words ~

Simple,  hopeful,  passionate,  loving,  kind,  grateful,  florist,  emerging writer,  craftswoman,  blogger,  redhead & complex.  Puzzle even to herself.  Shadows well  ;) “

all of  the photographs are by  Estrella,  except the final photo which is of  Estrella.

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White Rain”   by   Estrella Azul

I miss the rain of white seagulls,
hundreds of seagulls over my eyes.
A white rain to wash over
and cleanse me
from all distress and ugliness,
and whiten me.
We aren’t ourselves
until we’re far away
from…..Read More

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Sleeping Beauty of  Palermo    by   Estrella Azul

I fell asleep early that night.

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I had the strangest dream.

It began with my father walking into the nursery. He had been sobbing; I could unfailingly tell when he was sorrowful, he would be extra mindful and affectionate with me. However on this particular night his misery scared me. He kneeled by my bed for the longest time, not saying a word, simply watching me through teary eyes.

I wish I could’ve done something to lessen his grief.

Daybreak crept up on us too slowly…..Read More

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Stillness   by   Estrella Azul

“Through a lens I glance

At the beauty…..Read More

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Heart on the beach    by   Estrella Azul

A heart on the beach…

There’s something

in…..Read More

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Homemade Exfoliating Body Scrub”   by   Estrella Azul

Any kind of empty container with a lid
Sugar or mineral salt (less or as much as fits in the container)
Olive oil
Lavender ess
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two  Beet Salad Recipes   by   Estrella Azul

Beets Salad

1 small onion
30 dkg beets
2 average s …..Read More

Pickled Herring and Beets Salad

1 small onion
30 dkg beets
2 average s
…..Read More

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Disjointed, scattered thoughts    by   Estrella Azul

Sometimes we notice how there are things we absolutely know to be true.  Sometimes we imagine truths that keep our hopes up.  And then there is The Truth.

The truth which sometimes lands as a bomb, like Danielle La Porte wrote about.  The truth which turns our world upside down when we go searching for it.  It answers some questions, yet confuses us even more and raises an endless list of new questions.  It brings forth emotions we struggled to hide at the very bottom of our hearts and reopens wounds we thought to be healed.

The truth about death. About someone you loved.  It forces us to keep relying on our hearts.  To hope it is strong enough not to break.

To hope that even…..Read More

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BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY 2015 ~ and the winners are….

BIG  POETRY  GIVEAWAY

(inter)National Poetry Month
April  2015

and the winners are…

i  put everyone’s name into a bowl,  mixed them up and pulled them out with my eyes closed and the winners of the books are:

Allyson   won  “The Cherub of  Pierzanie Prison and other poems”  by Shay Caroline Simmons

Jo   won  “Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn:  three American women poets” by Shay Caroline Simmons,  Kelli Simpson and Joy Ann Jones

Lissa   won  “100 Best-Loved Poems

Linda  won the e-book “The Road Not Taken and Other Poems [Illustrated]”  by Robert Frost

S.Fraihat  won the e-book  “Leaves of  Grass [Illustrated]”  by Walt Whitman

Maria  won the e-book  “Love Poem Collection — The Greatest Love Poems and Quotes of  All Time [Illustrated]

Marianne  won the e-book  “100 Best-Loved Poems

thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners!

the giveaway is now closed

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