National Poetry Month Day 6 – Haiku

Day 6 of National Poetry Month and I’m still going strong. Today’s poem is a Haiku. And there are two.

Winter

Deep in the winter
Ice clinging to once green leaves
Time freezes, shivers
Springtime 

First warm day of spring
Silk clouds coasting overhead
Wave to new young blooms

Haiku is both fun and challenging. It takes a bit of creativity to get the right syllables in each line (5-7-5) and to create an image that pops. Hope you enjoyed these two haikus. Thanks for reading.

National Poetry Month: #3 – Layers

Day three of National Poetry Month and I’m already more excited and creative than I’ve been in months. Here’s day 3 poem.

Layers

tangled sheet over legs
warm wiggling toes
knee perched
against hip
laying nose to nose

wild hair forms a curtain
falls against
hands & lips & face
fingers chase the laughter
from every hiding place

a gasp, a sigh, roll into one
content
relaxed
though not yet done

names become prayers
that rise like heat
honored, cherished, loved
beneath a tangled sheet

Thanks for joining me on this #30Poems30Days journey. What are you writing?

Fall Back – Revisiting Previous Work

Happy Sunday readers, writers, and friends. I hope your weekend has been all that you needed. Our clocks went back an hour and while we’re falling back I’m looking back at some of my old writing. Of course I made some changes (us writers can’t help ourselves; a chance to edit something we swore was complete is irresistible).

Supernova

When stars shimmer

                   are they really

          just winking

at each other?

                     Are they blushing

             brightly, trying

         to figure

Does she like me

                 As much as I

          like her? Do they

         burn, burn, at

the core the way

                   I do for you?

               Imagine

            a heat red-

hot enough to

             blaze blue.

         I love

      you with

   the energy

of stars, two

stars exploding.

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This poem and some other writings are accessible for free on my Patreon . I’ll be posting contributor only pieces there as well. Pledge $1, $5, $10, or more a month for those and other rewards.

Quick!

I have laughed

and laughed

and laughed today.

I feel closer to

the child I

used to be

Closer

to the Woman

I am becoming

I feel light

like sugar spun

around a paper cone

like a bird

with lift

and purpose.

Quick,

before I

fly away

take my picture.

Turned Off in the Best Way

This past Saturday I made the decision to turn my phone off for several hours in order to get things done.

It was effective and refreshing.

At 9am Saturday morning I quickly scrolled through my apps and email then simply turned my phone off.

I turned on some music and got to work on tasks that needed my attention. I sat down to read. I played and snuggled my animals. I took a nap.

And yes, I did reach for my phone (less than I thought I would) throughout that time I was “disconnected” but I managed to regroup and refocus.

I stayed off the gadget until about 5pm. It was really nice. I think this is definitely something I need to do more often and I absolutely understand why people step away from social media and take breaks. It’s good for us.

What are some of the ways you “disconnect” or “step away” from time to time?

Finding Strange and Simple Joy in Krystal A. Smith’s “Two Moons” — Gather the Magic: sources on Activism and survival

Two Moons: Stories (2018) by Krystal A. Smith is the simplest joy you can give yourself, especially if you are Black and a lover of speculative work. A few years ago, it was rare to find a gem such as this. You had to hunt for it. But now, especially with more focus on the work […]

Finding Strange and Simple Joy in Krystal A. Smith’s “Two Moons” — Gather the Magic: sources on Activism and survival

Beyond Motivation

Yesterday a fellow writer asked me how I get motivated and stay motivated to write. It’s great to feel motivation and inspiration. But motivation is unreliable. I can’t wait for it, I can’t fake it when it’s not there. Writing is writing. Put the words out onto the page or screen then revise, revise, revise! Having a writing practice is key to success. Whether you write 10 minutes a day, one day a week, everyday, whatever, develop a practice that works for you. Honor that practice. Let no one and no thing separate you from that.

Join me Tuesdays and Thursdays for virtual write-in at 7pm-8pm EST or set your own write-in and use the hashtag #writenight


ICYMI: #TwoMoonsChat

This past Wednesday I did a thing. My first twitter chat. Lauren Cherelle of Resolute Publishing and Black Lesbian Literary Collective (BLLC) was kind enough to host and she asked me some great questions.

I know not everyone has twitter and that’s okay. I still wanted to share what transpired during the chat. So below you’ll find the tweets mapped out in order as the questions were asked. It’s almost like being there. There are two things that you should know before you begin: 1.) Question 4 is no where to be found on twitter. 🙂 🙂 I swear I have searched, hashtag queried, and scrolled all up and down twitter. Based on my answer that somehow survived, the question had something to do with why all my protagonists in Two Moons were woman. 2.) Question 8 and answer have also gone AWOL. And I don’t remember what the question was at all. LOL

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*Question 4 is missing

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*Question and Answer 8 no where to be found 🙂

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I enjoyed talking Two Moons and writing and answering questions It’s nice too having one-on-one with another writer. Thanks, Lauren. And Thanks to Michelle for asking a question and interacting with us (and for reading the book <3).

It’s Publication Day!

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Today is a very special day! It’s publication day. Two Moons is out in the world being magical, black, and queer as all get out.

I can’t wait for you all to hold it and read it and find yourselves in it.

You can get a copy from BLF Press or booksellers like amazon. Also, if you’re in North Carolina Saturday March 24th, I’d love to see you at the book launch. It’s being held at the Raleigh LGBT Center (324 S. Harrington Street) from 6pm-8pm. There will be a reading, discussion, some book signing, and cake! What could be better? Come on out!

Special thanks to everyone who helped me and who worked on Two Moons. It means so much to me to know y’all and to have your brilliance touch these stories. I’m forever grateful.

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Women are powerful.