un·fa·mil·iar

 

Your familiar felt unfamiliar tonight

Voids collide like asteroids or do they?

You are different when she treats you differently

I settle… no more

I expect… no more

I believe all the more

I believe

Better

Better

Better

Is on the way…

 

 

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that’s not

 

that’s not sadness in her eyes

that’s what pools of wisdom look like

once the dust has settled

 

 

 

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Alas! The #WriterCrushSeries‘ final bow has drawn nigh! Every time I tried to write my intro for this last poet, I got a wee bit verklempt. I honestly tried to make it as concise as possible but there was really no way to skirt around a few details as to why this feature was different. See not only is this an exclusive (no really, he fought me tooth and nail); I had never collaborated with another poet until he invited me to do so over a year ago! Something pretty dope was birthed in both of us on Feb. 6, 2016 and our IG Poetry connection has never been the same. 

Though we’ve never spoken in person and we have no idea even which state each other lives in (true story), every formality has since been tossed out the window LOL! Even our kids know him by one of his many names, ‘Mr. Lyrical’! 

A great Dad to beautiful daughters, he and I look out for each other. We genuinely support each other’s work, cheer the loudest for each other when collaborating with other poets, pray for each other’s families and get on each other’s nerves! LOL!! 

Ah…But when we write…our art prevails and we write like lovers who have experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. In short, you never forget your first.

Ladies & Gentleman…meet my Lab Partner… (Poem in full beneath photo)

Can’t turn a you know what, to a house wife/Can’t teach an old dog new tricks heard that all my life/Know what you’re getting into before things go too far/Know how to walk away, keep peace and not go to war/How many one night stands, lead to true romance/Don’t know his or her past, but yet take a chance/So many sick of love, so many love sick/Too many baby daddies pray the next one a good pick/Still in and out of clubs and over 30/What’s wrong with this picture go ahead and ask somebody/Life alone can be miserable/So it’s good to find someone compatible/Open up your eyes before it’s too late/Love has no boundaries, it doesn’t discriminate/

What you know about faithfulness/Is that one of the ingredients to happiness/What you know about giving your heart/Are you willing to give your all or just a small part/What you know about the word trust/Between the tr and t is us/What you know about sacrifice/Deeds done from the heart doesn’t have a price/

Our first piece…

He speaks…

Son of a preacher birthed from an angel/My circle so small I hope you get the angle/I’ve been singing since I came out my mother’s womb/Don’t be surprised if you hear me even from my tomb/Silently I write so that my voice projects/My thoughts my mind and heart among sacred objects/That spew these words since the age of twelve/A disciple walking with Christ do you dare to delve/Into this dark and well lit place inside of me/A friend amongst strangers am I what you thought or imagined I’d be/

He shares…(Poem in full beneath photo)

She moved on, but it’s like I’m in quicksand/It’d kill me again to see her out with another man/I can’t handle the pain, do I pick up a bottle/Do I smoke it away and get higher than a space shuttle/Do I pop pills and pray I don’t see tomorrow/Do I cut my wrist and bleed out the pain and sorrow/Do I play Russian roulette and pull the trigger/Do I jump off a bridge as if I had wings go figure/Do I tie a rope around my neck and let my body hang/Do I be a snake charmer and hope I get bitten by a cobra’s fangs/Do I pretend that I’m ok, my body frozen, but my heart melting away/Saying I’m not missing you would be a lie/Not having you has me waking up each day hoping to die/

Let it bleed…🔫🔪💣💉💊🚬

I choose favorites…


Then we write again…and again…



I asked him if he had a favorite piece of ours but his answer is always the same..he doesn’t. 


But I have one. It’s called ‘I Miss You…’ and we wrote from our guts as always…


I MISS YOU


I’m missing you in waves

Drowning in love lost so deep

I still swirl the taste of you 

Around in my mind

Savoring you like an apéritif 

And I don’t even drink

What you are made of 

Is such a rare breed

It’s like nothing I’ve ever tasted 

Experienced or seen

I understand why 

you’re no longer here

We both know that it’s best 

But knowing why I’m feigning 

Does not make 

my heart ache any less


@authenticiteespeaks


I’m missing you like air, it’s like I’m on a planet uninhabitable/

Dying to breathe you in, but truth is me living is the furthest thing from inevitable/

I’ve injected you inside me and I need another dose/

Tried generic versions, but compared to your authenticity nothing comes close/

You’re fire under water, cut from a cloth no longer made/

The queen on a chess board and in a deck of cards the ace of spade/We both know why you went your way and I’ve gone mine/

I’m praying you’ll come back to me, hoping you pick up on my subliminal signs/


@poetic_prophet 


e Speaks…


Wow! What a ride! Well over 6 months of research and getting to know the poets behind the poetry so much better. Words cannot express my gratitude. 

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Her catalog is extensive and its every bit majestic. All of it. Every presentation aesthetically appealing and her pen is simply fire. An admirer from the onset, I was not only impressed with Marie’s work, I was genuinely inspired by it. Bold and beyond creative; I found her Instagram page warm, inviting and brimming with excellence…so I stayed. Ever evolving as her Instagram name, she always keeps me coming back for more. I guess the secret is out now eh? Yep. I’m a fan.


 
She speaks…

I was an only child living in a small remote town in the Philippines and we didn’t have cable, that was how I got into writing. It was when I chanced upon my parent’s love letters that got me into writing poetry. I’ve changed usernames several times, starting with painfully.sweet, sweetandsordid, 4amreveries, raanimarie, madnesswithbitsofmagic, and the most recent (I feel good about this *wink*) – thenotionoflove. I am a hopeless romantic so I write a lot of mushy, clingy, fiery, steamy pieces. I’ve always had trouble sleeping so writing is one of the ways I relax and release the day’s stresses. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people through Instagram. Knowing that my words resonate and touch other people’s lives inspires me to continue writing.



And of course it was difficult to choose favorites…so I kept choosing…


 
 
e Speaks…




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AGAIN

Cheat on me again
Ignore me again
Choose her over me again
Disrespect me again
Yell at me again
Don’t buy me anything again
Don’t introduce me again 
Choose them over me again 
Lie to me again 
Don’t call when you say you will again
Don’t come when you say you will again
Copy & paste the same “Good Morning Beautiful” text you sent to her and send it to me again
Take a selfie with her in mind and send to both of us again 
Lie to her about me again 
Make me think I’m losing my mind again
Make me almost lose my mind again
Make me the one you see when you’re in this city again
Make love to me the night before your wedding again
Make me wait again
Don’t take me out again
Don’t represent me in public again 
Damage my property again
Forget to tell me we’re no longer together again
Overcompensate for disappointing me again
Choose it over me again
Pretend you love me again
Ignore my efforts again
Encourage certain relationships to cover for your inappropriate relationships again
Play with my emotions again
Play with my mind again
Don’t support my dreams again
Don’t support my talents again
Crush my spirit again 
Isolate me from others again 
I think you missed a spot

Written by ERICKA ARTHUR for @authenticiteespeaks 
When I heard this quote today, it triggered this piece. WE put up with SO much bull____. I used to put up with so much ____ing bull____. It’s because I honored my word & loved them harder than they deserved. I loved others more than I loved myself. I confused self care with being self absorbed, so I put myself on the back burner & let my smile, weight & dreams go. Well ____ that. ____ that hard. _____ that real deep & ____ that twice. Be free💫e

Day 138 of 2017

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Ilona ( pronounced “Ee-loh-nuh”) is by far one of the most thoughtful people in our Instagram Poet community. She makes sure we remain a cyber family by looking out for the poet behind each poem. Be it health issues, life changes or an extended absence; Ilona reaches out to everyone. In addition to being considerate, she has the nerve to be one heck of a writer. Actually…she’s pretty darn amazing.

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One of my favorites…

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She speaks…

I was born in Philadelphia. My parents were teachers and an odd interracial couple, in the midst of the late 60s and early 70s. My mother, a third generation Japanese American that was a toddler when put in the internment camps in Arizona during WWII and my father, a Hungarian- Gypsy immigrant, who escaped Russia’s invasion of Budapest at 14 years old. My mom taught world cultures and was very creative. My father was an instrumental music teacher and strolling violinist, on the side.

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I wrote my first poem at 6 and by 8 was writing lyrics for my dad. I was surrounded by books with an extensive library, even from a very young age. Mostly, folklore, mythology and Fairytales from around the world, because my mom loved them.

I have always loved words. Totally and completely. I’m the geeky girl that loves her dictionary app the most on her phone. Got caught under the covers, with a flashlight reading until 3 – 4 in the morning. I wrote everyday when I was young. Short stories, poems, lyrics…eventually, I, also, discovered painting and sculpture. And went on to get a degree in Fine Arts with a minor in storytelling and mythology.

But eventually life happened. During a long and life draining 20 year marriage/relationship. I stopped writing, stopped creating…for 19 years…nothing. When he left me, suddenly, on Christmas day for another woman…with a 3 line note on a 5 x7 card. My world changed forever.

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I began to journal and then, write poetry, to handle the ensuing PTSD and depression, as well as my exacerbated bipolar disorder. Over a year later, I changed my IG (Instagram) to mainly a poetry page. I wanted to express my journey to a new life. I, honestly, never thought anyone else would read my work. But I discovered a world of supportive and creative people that understood me, in ways no one else had.

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I try to get naked with my words. I write about everything…stories, my loves, my pain, my changing mind, erotic desires, nature, and healing. It is the one way I reveal myself to myself. And scream out all the things I cannot process in my head.

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I am so grateful for this path. For the wonderful community, I’m now a part of here. It has been a powerful part of my healing.

 

e Speaks…

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FullSizeRender(10)I have been blessed to see different facets of her poetry unfold. There is a sincerity laced within her persona that finds its way into her writing. Even the pieces which speak of yearning and unrequited love are gentle. Inviting. Believable. Relatable.

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In her own words…

If you were to ask Celine to describe herself, she would tell you that she’s just a simple girl “WITH NOTHING MUCH TO TELL”. But ask her write and she will unknowingly show you how deep she is.

A sufferer of Bipolar depression, she had to learn to channel her moods through words and through her work as a freelance massage therapist. “I LOOK AT EVERYTHING IN ART FORM..EVERYTHING..I HAD TO LEARN AT LEAST, BUT THAT’S HOW OR JUST ONE WAY I NOW COPE”.

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But writing became her favorite because it allowed her to go to places that she sometimes would never take herself. All these years as she gave therapy to others, along the way she found out that writing was hers. It started to be a relief for her depression, for the tears she could not explain and the love she felt.

One of my favorite pieces she dedicated to her Grandfather’s battle with cancer…

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She loves reading and now writing. There was (and still is) so much for her to let go, there were so much emotional doors she felt the need to open, even though some doors remain closed; but poetry became the next best thing.

And then there was the time we collaborated…

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Her brain told her that she had to share it with others; because a lot of individuals told her she was strong for surviving all the she had been through. She needed fresh eyes to see {how frail is and} other parts of her personality.

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Alas…another one of my favorites…

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e Speaks…

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Regal. Royalty…(sigh). That’s how I would describe Ife. A consistent breath of fresh air; she’s a gift to our Instagram writing community. Her distinct poetic style and beauty may be the invitation for many; while her writing gift and grace causes one to remain. A class act; she has been nothing but kind to me from Day One. It is an absolute pleasure to share her work in this space.

In this piece, I had tagged her in a 5 Word Story Writing Challenge:


 In her own words…

I have always loved writing, it was my voice as a shy and reserved girl. When I was younger, writing was just writing, about myself mostly. It felt like my best friend. As I got older and discovered love, dreaming of love led to bleeding to love which became my source of inspiration for poetry. And now I have come to discover once more that writing is just writing. It is something I need to do. It is one of the few things that makes me feel alive and free. 

She shares:


e Speaks…

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I had not spoken with nor reviewed new material from Prithwish since his initial request to be featured a few months ago. I had already chosen my favorite pieces of his but decided to visit earlier today and my eyes fell on one piece:


The beauty of this work of art is it’s something every writer in every writing community in every nation can relate to. And that was the only reminder I needed as to why I selected him after combing through several submissions. Prithwish and I were worlds apart, both literally and figuratively but as fellow humans and aspiring writers; our words made the world go round. 


He speaks…

This is Prithwish Satpati. I’m 18 years old and it has been around a year since I have started writing. I usually write short crisps quotes and one liners. I want to get featured because most of the people who have read my poems say that it’s amazing so i want to take it to a larger audience. I hope you help me achieve this goal.



e Speaks…



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