smoke and mirrors

wrath is misplaced, as are watching metaphors

into smoke and mirrors, telegraphing you from
afar, trees become

as I stare into oblivion, violence becoming, nay,
let’s stray, and instead

peace and love, along the hills we keep running

tips touching, lingering effects take shape, and
into our hearts
stars, and

we place, with zeal and frenzy, calling you home,
nested in a heart-shaped

named after you and me, love’s alcove

Photo by Prettysleepy, Pixabay

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ravens flying on wings, Published at MasticadoresIndia

I am excited to share my poem, ravens flying on wings, which is now available at MasticadoresIndia. A big thank you to Terveen Gill, and the entire team at MasticadoresIndia for publishing this piece, and for their continued support.

ravens flying on wings

the curtains, pulled tight, made of silk, and
reminiscent of the night, reminds me of
a time, before transgression,

possessions of body and mind…

I would be honored if you would go here and read the rest of my poem. Thank you!

Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on Unsplash

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step into the self

Photo by Faris Mohammed on Unsplash

the rain falls,
known to all,
reminiscent of tears
when I was very young

told not to let them
we pretend when
we’re grown,
that all of life
is hidden from view
and within
our complete control

a myriad
of illusory contexts
derived from
intentioned people,
learning themselves,
what it’s like
to be
a pupil

life happens,
as it does,
we grab onto
anything that’s solid
and stable

while also knowing
are mere principles of


of showing us
what we’re

delivering pain
when we
least expect it,
and asking us
to step into
the self
we know is there,
and we relate to

Utmost Feelings – Just Released!

If you’ve not yet checked out Astha’s Anthology, Utmost Feelings, well, you can now order it online. Here’s where you can find it:


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Additionally, the coauthors of Astha’s Anthology, Utmost Feelings, are creating a space for people to send their sentiments to Astha’s family.

If you are interested, please add your sentiments to this form, thank you, and stay blessed.

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Fantastical Chimera: Amber and Jeff (5)

Magical density
perplexes the
mind, and
all of it’s
of worldly
arriving one
after another,
in a wonderfully
alien formation.

Cloaking to be
striving to imitate
the chameleon that
no mishape be revealed.

All creatures hunger
for a home,
Chimera hungers too,
yet doomed to roam
a lonely existence
within those
that know the difference,
between the magic in the unseen,
while others remained concealed
and perplexed
by the fantasy roamed ruth.

A being not
of here nor there,
with segments
that do not arrange,
a miscellaneous kit.

Everytime it tries,
as best it may,
to camouflage
an offending section,
knowing that if seen
in the light of day,
the result prophesied
to be rejection.

Ah, the detection
that do insue, yet,
there is another way,
while you pray
and look through
your dismay,
remember the light
is yours to behold,
while you hold tight
to the known.

his maker’s
creation sown,
grandly observing
from the creatures
monumental thrown;
in the kingdom
of obscure overlapping
dimensional zones.

By Amber of DiosRaw, and myself.

Image Credit

Photo by Aldebaran S on Unsplash

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breathe in deep, knowing
the beautiful fragrance of
the flowers elixir lives
in the eternity of

this moment. I weep in
the ecstasy of this presence
and understanding,
as the concept of time passes
right by.

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