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Colors

COLORS, by Celaine Charles

We live in a colorful world, one that speaks if we listen.

This collection of poetry captures the shades and tints of color I find in my walk along life. The world shines in hues of sorrow, fear, joy, and victory. It’s quiet and thoughtful, though has the potential to scream at the top of its lungs. The world is full of color, even when it appears colorless. And, there is always chroma within the softest of hues.

My wish is to inspire a color in readers with each poem read. Not everyone experiences color the same, but perhaps they will revitalize by taking a moment to perceive what emotions are felt...when noticing them more deeply.

For six months, I published two poems each week, Mondays and Fridays. One to start the week, and one to finish. All proceeds from this series are donated through Channillo Charities to “Mary’s Place,” a Seattle-based organization helping children and families facing homelessness.

I welcome your thoughts in the comments along this journey. My hope is to polish this collection for publication in the end.Your encouragement and critique will pave that roadway, helping me leave a legacy of color to the world in gratitude of its muse.

*Thank you for your support and encouragement, as I was able to publish a collection including 31 of my Channillo poems (along with a few new ones) into a pictureque book, Colors Collected, Poetry Inspired by the Hues of Life. It's available on Amazon, and I couldn't feel more honored and proud. Thank you Channillo!

Searching For Cereus

“I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can.” -Jack Gilbert

Cityscapes: Urban Treasure, Urban Detritus

Our city streets contain a multitude of objects that people have left behind, lost, or abandoned—a single tap dancing shoe, a lost lipstick lid, a forgotten mug. These wayward items represent our untold stories, our lost moments stolen by time and place. This poetry collection is a linked series that focuses on those objects that we fail to notice as we walk our sidewalks and travel down our streets.

I Wrote You This Poem

As we pass through one another's lives online – with our words, our images, our carefully crafted self portraits of ourselves – it is easy to feel that even as our followers increase, the number of people who truly know us radically decreases.

In this series, I attempt to delve deeper into those brief glimpses at the lives of strangers, inspired only by their online communications: their websites, social media accounts, and connections they make with me, however briefly.

By taking on this role of researcher, interpreter, biographer, I hope to be able to say to these people I meet, “Now we're not strangers anymore.”

Tweet an evocative phrase to me @IfItFeelsWrite and you could very well become the subject of my next poem!

Unorthodox Sympathy

"You fill your eyes to their laurel brims

With the beauty that seeps from the cracks

Of the world, broken

Like shattered pottery."

Minute portraits of ordinary life - mere moments in time - that concentrate on the notion that broken things are beautiful.


Winner of the 2016 Channillo Award for Best Poetry Series

Runner-Up of the 2017 Channillo Award for Best Poetry Series

Waiting

 Whether we await good news, or expect to be disappointed, our character is revealed through our actions while we are being forced to wait. Join me on this journey of self-discovery and the exploration of the human condition. In between the big moments, nestled in the pauses and the quiet, lives the chaos where our lives are truly being lived.

windows

poems that offer glimpses into lives, into minds and hearts, into moments

picture walking down the road and glancing into windows, or driving and glancing out, each look offering a snapshot of the scene you've seen

might be good, might be bad, might be nonsense.. but it will be something

Sand in My Parfait

Somewhere in the wake of all that craziness we call life and living, there lingers on a sweet aftertaste that makes it all worthwhile. Sand in My Parfait is a series of poetic musings on parenting and other forms of slow death.

Every poem in this series takes a humorous jab at life as we know it.

WARNING: 
Many poems in this series are written in classical/formal verse. Reader discretion is advised.

trees like paintbrushes

trees like paintbrushes
dipped in yellow, red, orange
left on end to dry

 

this collection celebrates nature, in every aspect.. come see the world with me..

 

*cover painted by kathie nooms saxby, inspired by my haiku, above.. which then inspired this collection

Love Ballads Written in Moon Dust

Your weekly fix of romantic poetry written in the beautiful mindset of miss Luna Lynn. She is the dreamer in me, and I invite you to find the dreamer inside of yourself. A series of love ballads based in a cosmic wonderland, that will allow your mind to get lost in a fantastical world of starlight dreams.

Put a little moon dust in your Monday's! ;)

The Art of Ascendance

Meditative collections of experience.

Heartbreak, healing, A new feeling.

It can be impeccably difficult to break the mold. This collection is my knowledge of perserverance through adversity using the means of creativity.

I love you.

You should love yourself too. 

ON AND OFF THE TRAIL

A debut poetry collection reflecting on our physical surroundings, both natural and man-made, and how they can help explore the human condition through the power of observation. An examination of the beauty and pain that can be funneled through the power of the pen.

Temperate Zone

Temperate Zone is an edgy collection of poetry that takes a gritty look at the journey of personal growth. Likened to the development and aging of trees, each poem is woven together to take readers through the stages of Missing Rings, Whorls, Growth Rings. The journey continues on through Tea Leaves. Charged up and penned to stir the soul, these poems are far from the “sip a cup of tea” norm. Now that I have your attention, pull up a seat and settle in for an exhilarating journey through the Temperate Zone.

 

 

Parchment & Pavement

Verses from South Jersey

A poetry collection by Anthony Simeone

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

To quote from Whitman, 'O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?' The answer: that you are here. That life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"

- John Keating, Dead Poets Society

Channillo Holiday/Winter Series 2019

A collection of holiday or winter themed essays, poems, and stories by various authors.

Betweens

Too often we think of our lives as timelines, in terms of the dots along the way that represent highlights and low points.  This poetry collecton explores the moments in between, the small moments that connect everything and show us what and who we are.

drinking jasmine tea

poetry for your soul :) no specific theme or style..

Blissful Sorrow

Living with Depression involves a multitude of emotions just wanting to be felt. It is the art of living between the light and shadows.

Words can be deep and catastrophic, but they can also bring light to a sensitive and serious subject. 

These poems dwell in the darker crevices of the mind. Where good and bad collide.

There is more to depression than crippling sadness. It's a mixture of joy, elation, anger, love and everything in between. 

Updated the last Thursday of every month.

Conversations with Beethoven and Bach

Music inspires creativity and creation.

 

Feedback:

Emily Vieweg, in her chapbook collection Conversations with Beethoven and Bach, evokes an image of the poet who, deeply entrenched in the complexities of 21st century life as a mother, reaches across time to link with wit and grace her experiences with classical musicality. In her vignettes, so much turns on a single word such as “frolic” that evokes love and fear and changes in both society and environment. 

~~ Clifford Peterson, 2017
Taleamor Park Residency Director

Truth

A collection of my poems. 

I'm not gonna try to win you over here with big shiny words, or some unreal comparison. This is my poetry, not a used car. Truth, plain and simple is my thoughts and feelings reflected however they may be, into words. Fictitious or not these poems are about my life and what's a part of it. 

The title says it all, this is just my truth.

 

(cover art drawn and made by yours truly) 

Raine's poetry & songs

A few of my poems, and a couple of songs. 

Songs for Warriors: Poetry & Prose

Music has always been a tool of the resistance.

To sing in the midst of pain and anguish is an act of bravery.

They told her she would never amount to anything-

They said that she was “blind, barren, and ugly.”

But they were wrong- She was a warrior.

In the pages of this collection, journey with the author as she overcomes the anguish of past abuse, the pain of sight loss, and the heartache of knowing that her rare medical condition will never allow her to have children of her own. "Songs for Warriors," is an invitation for you to never stop fighting- even when every day feels like a battle.

Songs for Warriors, is a collection of poetry, micro-poetry, prose, and essays to inspire you on your journey through life. 

In ancient times, poetry was set to music. The bards sang songs of hope and freedom. These songs are for you.

Pieces of Poetry and Me

Poems and prose from my heart and my life.

Poems from a Loquacious Heart

Here is a micropoetry series for busy readers and writers.

There is poetry in life everywhere!

 

 

Life's Words

A loquacious heart

Fills a head with letters—

Pen forms words for the voiceless

Gives one silent soul a voice—

It writes stories for us all

 

The Arrows On The Clock Are Pointing At Me

Image splattered, FEEL poems... Imagine, it's late, the ceiling fan turns and turns and turns, the moon is kissing the sun, the apple trees are picking their fruit, desire is strung from the telephone wires, long goodbyes and eager hellos replay in the mind, the stars are honey dripping and innocent as the spirit, the light coming through the sliding doors looks like everything known about being alive, the arrows on the clock are pointing at you, at me and these are the poems...

The Mutable Heart

Through nature and nurture, break-ups and love - A heart that is moved to words.

This series will explore the themes of desire, loss, confusion, joy, and many others with poetry that has a soft spot for rhyme and often lyrical in style.

Into the Shadows

These are stories from those who live in the shadows. We've all played in the shadows, balancing our loyalty between the darkness and the light. Some finally choose a side, while others remain torn between the two, constantly wandering through life, in search of solace. 

Warriors Weekly.

Warriors Weekly is a poetry series written from the perspective of an abuse survivor. So please, do sit down with a warm cup of tea. I promise to keep you company, if only for just a little while.

This Flickers of Fiction

"This Flickers of Fiction" is an anthology of flash fiction stories, poetry and drama. In bi-weekly episodes, J.B. and I will explore the moments in time which give us happiness and make us question, delve into human relationships which have spanned forward and backward over Millenia, and pit the lives we've lived against the lives we've lived inside our heads.

If you've questioned the world around you and still haven't found an answer, if you're questing for the person you've always wanted to be and still struggle against the person you are, if you find peace in the breath of wind and relief in something well cleaned, this anthology is for you.

We welcome you to this, our flickers of fiction.

Eclipse

What happens when a person strays away from faith? Is repentance enough to wipe the slate clean, if you keep making the same mistakes?

When temptation lurks in every corner, redemption can seem too far out of reach, even after God extends his helping hand. So, how can one overcome the desire to be eclipsed by darkness?

This is a glimpse of a Christian's "walk of faith" and the struggle to win the tug of war between free will and conviction.

Venus Fly Trap

The moment, the image is captured...

Venus Fly Trap is a Channillo series featuring traditional and non traditional haikus by published poet Daniel J. Flore III.

All Of Me

The total’s more than the sum of its parts

with numerous scars and broken hearts

the good and the bad,

the happy and sad,

the whole and the damaged,

the pain and the ravaged

on a journey to repair me at last

from the ruin of others long past

a puzzle most incomplete

can you put together all of me?

 

All of Me is a collection of short verse, haiku and tanka poems. Recurring themes are love, relationships, loss, pain and a little bit of inspiration. Selected poems from this series, and my series on Wattpad "Bits and Pieces", as well as previously unpublished poems, are available on Amazon, Nook, Lulu, and iBooks as "All of Me: A Collection of Short Verse."

Angry Silence

This is a little more than a book of poetry. In this, my first book of verse, I have included a series of comic "Our Correspondent" news items that I wrote while my late wife and her friend (both American ladies) toured Ireland. Thier antics inspired me to write what I thought would be a funny anecdote. They proved popular in this book. Included here is material from a second book I am working on at the moment. Angry Silence is my Intrnational prize-winning poem. With each poem I try to explain why I wrote the poem or what inspired me; even my excuse for writing one or two. I have written rhyming verse for many years. Two Blues numbers that I wrote were written with deep feeling for the subject matter or the location and also appear here. A few more pieces of work have been included here. I hope you like this work.

This Side of Triumph

Drafts of drama, poetry and other works from a Brighton-based actor/writer.

.

"This side of triumph

Sleep uncoils across

The stones we perch on."

 

 

Contemplating Tomorrow

A collection of poems and prose that explore various facets of life, from the mundane moments we seldom remember to dealing with regret and personal failures. Life is a journey with endless twists and turns that define who we are and shape how we see the world around us.

White Coat

White Coat is a following of a human's life through hell.

Coffee and Criticisms

A look into gender roles, resistance and the journey so far-over a cup of fresh brewed coffee.

Broken

Poetry about love, life, death, loss, and the frailty of humanity, expressed in and through the beauty of words.

For Nights Asunder

 

“History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.”

 

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

For Nights Asunder is a pristine portrait. Armed with the intensity of self introspection, For Nights Asunder is simply a poetic discourse between the human heart and the journey we must all travel.  It is a collection of poetry that seeks to explore the complexity of Blood lines, family routes and personal transcendence.

 

Little silver microphone

Pull up a seat. Maybe close your eyes. Poetry was originally intended to be read aloud. In Little silver microphone poet Daniel J. Flore III recites his orginal work as a series for Channillo. Gathered from recordings made at his poetry readings in front of live audiences and privately from his home, Little silver microphone is poetry as an intimate, easily accesible experience.

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



COLORS, by Celaine Charles

We live in a colorful world, one that speaks if we listen.

This collection of poetry captures the shades and tints of color I find in my walk along life. The world shines in hues of sorrow, fear, joy, and victory. It’s quiet and thoughtful, though has the potential to scream at the...View Series



“I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can.” -Jack Gilbert

 View Series


Our city streets contain a multitude of objects that people have left behind, lost, or abandoned—a single tap dancing shoe, a lost lipstick lid, a forgotten mug. These wayward items represent our untold stories, our lost moments stolen by time and place. This poetry collection is a linked series that focuses on those objects that we fail to notice as we walk our sidewalks and travel down our...View Series


As we pass through one another's lives online – with our words, our images, our carefully crafted self portraits of ourselves – it is easy to feel that even as our followers increase, the number of people who truly know us radically decreases.

In this series, I attempt to delve deeper into those brief glimpses at the lives of strangers, inspired only by their online communications:...View Series



"You fill your eyes to their laurel brims

With the beauty that seeps from the cracks

Of the world, broken

Like shattered pottery."

Minute portraits of ordinary life - mere moments in time - that concentrate on the notion that broken things are beautiful.


Winner of the 2016 Channillo...View Series



 Whether we await good news, or expect to be disappointed, our character is revealed through our actions while we are being forced to wait. Join me on this journey of self-discovery and the exploration of the human condition. In between the big moments, nestled in the pauses and the quiet, lives the chaos where our lives are truly being lived.

 View Series


poems that offer glimpses into lives, into minds and hearts, into moments

picture walking down the road and glancing into windows, or driving and glancing out, each look offering a snapshot of the scene you've seen

might be good, might be bad, might be nonsense.. but it will be something

 View Series


Somewhere in the wake of all that craziness we call life and living, there lingers on a sweet aftertaste that makes it all worthwhile. Sand in My Parfait is a series of poetic musings on parenting and other forms of slow death.

Every poem in this series takes a humorous jab at life as we know it.

WARNING: 
Many poems...View Series



trees like paintbrushes
dipped in yellow, red, orange
left on end to dry

 

this collection celebrates nature, in every aspect.. come see the world with me..

 

*cover painted by kathie nooms saxby, inspired by my haiku, above.. which then inspired this collection

 View Series


Your weekly fix of romantic poetry written in the beautiful mindset of miss Luna Lynn. She is the dreamer in me, and I invite you to find the dreamer inside of yourself. A series of love ballads based in a cosmic wonderland, that will allow your mind to get lost in a fantastical world of starlight dreams.

Put a little moon dust in your Monday's! ;)

 View Series


Meditative collections of experience.

Heartbreak, healing, A new feeling.

It can be impeccably difficult to break the mold. This collection is my knowledge of perserverance through adversity using the means of creativity.

I love you.

You should love yourself too. 

 View Series


A debut poetry collection reflecting on our physical surroundings, both natural and man-made, and how they can help explore the human condition through the power of observation. An examination of the beauty and pain that can be funneled through the power of the pen.

 View Series


Temperate Zone is an edgy collection of poetry that takes a gritty look at the journey of personal growth. Likened to the development and aging of trees, each poem is woven together to take readers through the stages of Missing Rings, Whorls, Growth Rings. The journey continues on through Tea Leaves. Charged up and penned to stir the soul, these poems are far from the “sip a...View Series


Verses from South Jersey

A poetry collection by Anthony Simeone

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love,...View Series



A collection of holiday or winter themed essays, poems, and stories by various authors.

 View Series


Too often we think of our lives as timelines, in terms of the dots along the way that represent highlights and low points.  This poetry collecton explores the moments in between, the small moments that connect everything and show us what and who we are.

 View Series


poetry for your soul :) no specific theme or style..

 View Series


Living with Depression involves a multitude of emotions just wanting to be felt. It is the art of living between the light and shadows.

Words can be deep and catastrophic, but they can also bring light to a sensitive and serious subject. 

These poems dwell in the darker crevices of the mind. Where good and bad collide.

There is more to depression than crippling sadness....View Series



Music inspires creativity and creation.

 

Feedback:

Emily Vieweg, in her chapbook collection Conversations with Beethoven and Bach, evokes an image of the poet who, deeply entrenched in the complexities of 21st century life as a mother, reaches across time to link with wit and grace her experiences with classical musicality. In her vignettes, so much turns on a single...View Series



A collection of my poems. 

I'm not gonna try to win you over here with big shiny words, or some unreal comparison. This is my poetry, not a used car. Truth, plain and simple is my thoughts and feelings reflected however they may be, into words. Fictitious or not these poems are about my life and what's a part of it. 

The title...View Series



A few of my poems, and a couple of songs. 

 View Series


Music has always been a tool of the resistance.

To sing in the midst of pain and anguish is an act of bravery.

They told her she would never amount to anything-

They said that she was “blind, barren, and ugly.”

But they were wrong- She was a warrior.

In the pages of...View Series



Poems and prose from my heart and my life.

 View Series


Here is a micropoetry series for busy readers and writers.

There is poetry in life everywhere!

 

 

Life's Words

A loquacious heart

Fills a head with letters—

Pen forms words for the voiceless

Gives one silent soul a voice—

It writes stories for us all

 

 View Series


Image splattered, FEEL poems... Imagine, it's late, the ceiling fan turns and turns and turns, the moon is kissing the sun, the apple trees are picking their fruit, desire is strung from the telephone wires, long goodbyes and eager hellos replay in the mind, the stars are honey dripping and innocent as the spirit, the light coming through the sliding doors looks like everything known about being alive,...View Series


Through nature and nurture, break-ups and love - A heart that is moved to words.

This series will explore the themes of desire, loss, confusion, joy, and many others with poetry that has a soft spot for rhyme and often lyrical in style.

 View Series


These are stories from those who live in the shadows. We've all played in the shadows, balancing our loyalty between the darkness and the light. Some finally choose a side, while others remain torn between the two, constantly wandering through life, in search of solace. 

 View Series


Warriors Weekly is a poetry series written from the perspective of an abuse survivor. So please, do sit down with a warm cup of tea. I promise to keep you company, if only for just a little while.

 View Series


"This Flickers of Fiction" is an anthology of flash fiction stories, poetry and drama. In bi-weekly episodes, J.B. and I will explore the moments in time which give us happiness and make us question, delve into human relationships which have spanned forward and backward over Millenia, and pit the lives we've lived against the lives we've lived inside our heads.

If...View Series



What happens when a person strays away from faith? Is repentance enough to wipe the slate clean, if you keep making the same mistakes?

When temptation lurks in every corner, redemption can seem too far out of reach, even after God extends his helping hand. So, how can one overcome the desire to be eclipsed by darkness?

This is a glimpse of a Christian's "walk of faith"...View Series



The moment, the image is captured...

Venus Fly Trap is a Channillo series featuring traditional and non traditional haikus by published poet Daniel J. Flore III.

 View Series


The total’s more than the sum of its parts

with numerous scars and broken hearts

the good and the bad,

the happy and sad,

the whole and the damaged,

the pain and the ravaged

on a journey to repair me at last

from the ruin of others long past

a puzzle most incomplete

can you put together all of me?

 

All...View Series



This is a little more than a book of poetry. In this, my first book of verse, I have included a series of comic "Our Correspondent" news items that I wrote while my late wife and her friend (both American ladies) toured Ireland. Thier antics inspired me to write what I thought would be a funny anecdote. They proved popular in this book. Included here is material from a second book I am working...View Series


Drafts of drama, poetry and other works from a Brighton-based actor/writer.

.

"This side of triumph

Sleep uncoils across

The stones we perch on."

 

 

 View Series


A collection of poems and prose that explore various facets of life, from the mundane moments we seldom remember to dealing with regret and personal failures. Life is a journey with endless twists and turns that define who we are and shape how we see the world around us.

 View Series


White Coat is a following of a human's life through hell.

 View Series


A look into gender roles, resistance and the journey so far-over a cup of fresh brewed coffee.

 View Series


Poetry about love, life, death, loss, and the frailty of humanity, expressed in and through the beauty of words.

 View Series


 

“History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.”

 

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

For Nights Asunder is a pristine portrait. Armed with the intensity of self introspection, For Nights Asunder is simply a poetic discourse between the human heart and the journey we must all travel.  It is a collection...View Series



Pull up a seat. Maybe close your eyes. Poetry was originally intended to be read aloud. In Little silver microphone poet Daniel J. Flore III recites his orginal work as a series for Channillo. Gathered from recordings made at his poetry readings in front of live audiences and privately from his home, Little silver microphone...View Series

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.