Featured Post: Curious Wine – M.A. Morris

I drink this curious wine
Amidst this dying battle
In the early morning hours
When sleep is a dream
Chased no longer.

A bruised oppressive rawness
Settles over all.
No joy to find
Amidst such wreckage.
I am siege wearied
By a bombardment of words.

Thus, I lay down the sword,
Offer up my neck to you.

And though I should win
The gold and gems,
It is bitter truth to swallow
In this curious wine
You’ve given me to drink.

I begin a day with no respite.
Stones piled
One upon the other,
Weighing on the chest.
I feel the crunch now of bones
Pressed by the tonnage.
Death by stones of grief.

 


I am a retired teacher, enjoying said retirement.  I have been active in the gay and lesbian community since I threw away my Ken doll at the age of four.

You can read more of my writing at Hearing The Mermaids Sing

Step Aside Stereotypes – Pallavi

Step aside, all stereotypes
don’t label inks
she doesn’t just wear the color purple and pink
no more forbidding blues and blacks
she won’t take any flack.

Step aside stereotypes
this is a different kind of fairy land
This Cinderella wears sneakers
and doesn’t sit on bleachers
She’s her own kind of Snow White
who doesn’t need a prince
for she can rescue herself alright.
Don’t call her Sleeping Beauty
for she prefers a name
blue eyes and white skin are not her only fame.

So step aside stereotypes
She wears ballet shoes
and isn’t scared of walking on cinders.
She chooses to be well put or unkempt
chooses to smile, breathe fire, and sometimes even repent.
Her scars and contusions are her pride
and for all this she doesn’t apologize.

Photo by Ivandrei Pretorius from Pexels


Things which get my endorphins pumping – my kids (mom of two), coffee (green tea just doesn’t do), writing (find it a cathartic release), dancing (absolutely, first love it remains), reading (with or without coffee), working out (with my husband as my buddy).

You can read more of my writing at Curating Thoughts

Featured Post: Mapping Her Body – Marie Prichard

A topographer
Understands the delicacy
Of tenderly unfolding
Corners of parchment,
Admiring the contours
Of the landscape,
Running gentle fingers
Across mountain ranges,
Over peaks and
Through the valleys,
Fording hidden rivers
Where no man has traveled,
Drinking from crystal clear waters
To satisfy their thirst,
Using her lover’s breath
As a compass,
Following the direction
The needle points,
Covering the distance
Breath by breath,
Mapping her body.


Marie Prichard is a longtime writer and educator. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her wife, their two wiener dogs, and a Munchkin cat. She loves reading, writing, walking the beach, and filling her wife’s pockets with heart rocks. You can read more of her writing on Medium

Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt: BODYMAP – Leah Piepzna-Samarasinha

Throughout the month of September, Christine will be providing a daily writing prompt based on the title of a well-regarded book where the main character is a lesbian or a woman exploring her sexual identity. You certainly don’t need to be a lesbian or even a woman to participate, nor does your response piece need to be written from a lesbian perspective.  These are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, or a piece of flash fiction in 30 minutes or less.

The only rule is that you use the book title as your piece title OR integrate all the words in the title into your piece somehow

If you would like to have your piece considered for publication on Brave and Reckless and/or Whisper and the Roar, email your prompt inspired pieces to Christine at her.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com.

You can also participate on Facebook by tagging your writing with:

  • # the title of the daily theme
  • #SmittenBookChallenge
  • #braveandreckless66

or on Instagram by tagging your writing with:

  • # the title of the daily theme
  • #SmittenBookChallenge
  • @christabelle1966

You can also share your response pieces in the comments below the Daily Prompt.

Bodymap

Featured Post: The Color Purple – M.A. Morris

I dug and planted,
Watered and tended,
Replanted and pruned.

I planted what should be.
I checked the labels
At the nursery.
Yet,
Nothing here blooms
That is the color purple.

I have other colors in abundance,
But not the lilacs or the lavender
Will bloom that shade of purple sky
Seen in the sunrise.

Nothing I do
Can make that
Mythic color true.


I am a retired teacher, enjoying said retirement.  I have been active in the gay and lesbian community since I threw away my Ken doll at the age of four.

You can read more of my writing at Hearing The Mermaids Sing

Featured Post: The Color Purple – Georgiann Carlson

the color purple
matches the hue
on a woman’s skin
after being beaten
it’s not the color of
royalty
it’s the color of
abuse
the shades vary
depending on
the age of the
bruise
of course
sometimes the purple
is joined by yellow
and even green
but don’t expect
to see her wounds
because a man
knows how
to beat a woman
where her clothing
will cover his hate


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt: The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Throughout the month of September, Christine will be providing a daily writing prompt based on the title of a well-regarded book where the main character is a lesbian or a woman exploring her sexual identity. You certainly don’t need to be a lesbian or even a woman to participate, nor does your response piece need to be written from a lesbian perspective.  These are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, or a piece of flash fiction in 30 minutes or less.

The only rule is that you use the book title as your piece title OR integrate all the words in the title into your piece somehow

If you would like to have your piece considered for publication on Brave and Reckless and/or Whisper and the Roar, email your prompt inspired pieces to Christine at her.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com.

You can also participate on Facebook by tagging your writing with:

  • # the title of the daily theme
  • #SmittenBookChallenge
  • #braveandreckless66

or on Instagram by tagging your writing with:

  • # the title of the daily theme
  • #SmittenBookChallenge
  • @christabelle1966

You can also share your response pieces in the comments below the Daily Prompt.

The Color Purple