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Not only do I love writing but I also enjoy reading. So many of the amazing things I read are enjoyed by so few, as not every literary marvel is also a marketing mogul. It’s this, i care to share most.

Imagination is the reality of the dreamer.

— Scott Ringenbach.

Stay tuned, and keep on orbiting those moons.

While the World Sleeps – Mitchell David Ring (The Light is On)

There’s this sensation of freefall all the time

even when on long walks while the world sleeps

the sky seems just to be letting go

and the fall is endless down into solitude

Maybe on the way down my eyes will open

and just when it gets too dark to see

I’ll notice the way the shadows move

somehow alive, somehow reaching out to me

and only when the darkness has blinded me

will I realize the sound of breathing here

like the world’s last sigh

and wonder what else has fallen into shadow

Has a book ever brought you to tears?

online at: https://thelightison.blog/

Photo by Nick Bondarev from Pexels

Guide – Writer in Retrospect

I don’t know how I’m supposed to be;
I never had a guide.
The person who was supposed to be
Learned to keep it all inside.
She lived rather a lot like me,
Never feeling like enough;
And now demands increase exponentially,
And she’s feeling like she’s had enough.
She doesn’t know how she’s supposed to be;
She never had a guide.
And now what are we supposed to be,
When we keep it all inside?

online at: https://writerinretrospect.wordpress.com/

Anticipatory Love – Rahul Gauer (Smoke Words Every Day)

Dissociation in style
I walk on reflected clouds
It’s a metaphorical living
I wish I could live on the ground
I always wander in the spaces
Liminal places of the nether world
where the shape of a snow is intact
and the anticipation of a surprise still better
than the surprise of you visiting
where you don’t usually visit
Usually i’m the first to arrive and
the last to depart
I walk away from closure
and run from the memories
of your touch
just to live
a little life of existing
where the potential of us
was precious and better
than the reality of not being good enough

The post [337] Anticipatory Love appeared first on Smoke Words Every Day.

online at: https://rahulgaurblog.com/

Like Honey Be – Frank Regan (Made of Sticks and Stones)

Honey, I want your love to flow,
Despite the great divide.
The difference in space and time
That separates heart from heart.

That keep different rhythms,
Roll to different beats.
But still, shake with the passions
That flow thickly in this summer heat.

© 2020 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.

online at: https://frankregan.wordpress.com/

Persistence of the unforgetting – Mark Ryan (Havoc and Consequences)

Sunken deep like forgotten wrecks.
A hate that broods, contorts and flex.
This grudge is old and just like oil.
Black with time, and within me coils.
Staining my soul with its heartless rind.
Unforgotten, despite the passage of time.
But time has come to break the bond.
That swirling hole, that stagnant pond.
I will no longer give food to the beast.
It is to the wolves I throw this feast.
A stinking blood drool of unwanted flesh.
Cut from my heart, and so refreshed.
Then wrapped in a tourniquet of letting go.
And hope in that hole, some love will grow.

online at: https://havocandconsequence.wordpress.com/

Where you will find me – Michelle Cook (Her Writing Haven)

Look out over
The shimmering sea,
It’s the place
where you’ll find me.

The sea is where
my heart resides,
you’ll hear it as I stand
by your side.

I may only be
your invisible friend,
but I’ll always be there,
even in the end.

Reach out your hand,
and you’ll find mine.
Our hearts and souls
forever entwined.

© 2020 Michelle Cook

online at: https://herwritinghaven.com/


Photo credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/landscape-sea-beach-nature-ocean-5392568/

Downpour

all that’s ensued,
and we rise,

just not quite as high
as sky walker’s
clear eyes,

a tightrope glitters over
this city on pause,
as it dissolves
into a crowd

of arms crossed and
bent crowns,

then feet form their
own clouds to storm
rain’s splendor
on down.

-GG at: https://handsinthegarden.com/

image of downpour: https://in.pinterest.com/pin/555561304015536293/

Thanks for the eyes and minds you’ve lent as support to the writers featured on Grumpy’s Gifts.

sunset gin – kate58 (just another girl)

it’s my own special concoction
utilised on those days
when I waft from room to room
in an unthinking daze
mornings when I feel unsettled
afternoons when I feel blue
after evening tea
when I don’t know what to do
made especially for those days
when I simply cannot win
a magic remedy
that I call sunset gin

no, I’m not gone tell you
what’s in the recipe
just believe me when I tell you
it restores your sanity
a quirky tri-coloured mix
of orange & pink & yellow
all angst disappears
one glass of this & you’ll feel mellow
it’s no antidote for Covid
though troubles it will drown
love me some sunset gin
it’s my solution to lockdown

copyright © 2020 KPM

sunset gin

online at: https://faithfully-mine.com/

Drawer of Possibilities – Robert Okaji (O at the Edges)

Drawer of Possibilities

In the drawer of possibilities
you find stasis, the lure of the unknown.
To what should this hinged orb
be subservient? Or that wrinkled blade?
An egg, the bald potato. The sacrificial
carrot? To everything its purpose.
Like that light in the crook of the
altered frame, attracting the winged
beings. You, of course, serve nothing.

“Drawer of Possibilities” first appeared in The New Reader in March 2018.

online at: https://robertokaji.com/