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Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Monday, February 10, 2020

My broken shells are gone... Metaphoria by Melinda Longtin


"Her writing style is unique, refreshing, and I was amazed by her perceptions. Loved the book." Karen, Goodreads



Description:

Collecting seashells 
Off the sands of time, 
I race to Grandfather Clock. 
Barter, 
Burden, 
Broken,
Bought. 
My broken shells are gone. 
The beach is empty. 

Have 
Nothing 
But salt and canvas. 
What new life 
Can I create?

EXCERPT
Spinning Windows into Doors 

Veins are trees. Sprigs shimmer matte Without their foliage. 

Invisible ceilings Mark the only barrier Between the shrubs and waves. 

Rushes spiral, Slipping into cores, Ripped out stains of the sky. 

A sun is a fist In a drawing’s window. Can’t punch through the waves, So it sneaks where water incinerates flesh. 

But wait for the canvas, Front and center, Shooting past veins, To the pains of this clerestory. 

It’s bleached white With eyes carved of wood and stone. Lips transparent, But deep violet. They restrict the pen Of one who would paint the world In gems and marble-cased grasses. 

Emerald green would envelope the drawing, And no one would see the panes. 

How could someone Try to resist A face with star flowers Around one eye, Decorated with time above the other? 

Does sand permeate the window? Could it shut down time, And freeze the halves of pink chrysanthemums To shatter its own cheeks? 
An image without purpose, Must spin the window Into a door.

About the author:
Melinda Longtin is the founder of inspirwing, a professional development blog focused on helping people pursue their dreams. Inspired by her own recovery as a survivor of domestic abuse, Metaphoria started out as a private attempt to organize her emotions. However, it quickly evolved into drastic personal growth as well as her passion for assisting others. A previously published poet and successful educator, Melinda lives life to the fullest in the American Northeast with her soulmate and their cat. Chase your dreams too at https://inspirwing.com. 


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20 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

Another great book to discover. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

katieoscarlet said...

I enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds like a unique and interesting read.

Cali W. said...

Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

Edgar Gerik said...

Look great

Melanie B said...

Sounds good!

Audrey Stewart said...

I enjoyed reading your bio and about your blog. I will definitely read your book. Good luck and I hope you won't stop at just one.

Bernie Wallace said...

Who is your favorite character in the book?

Dale Wilken said...

Sounds really great.

Debbie P said...

Sounds very interesting.

Sherry said...

Sounds like a very good book.

Bridgett Wilbur said...

I would love to read your book.

Sherry said...

Looks like a interesting book.

Amy Woolard said...

Wow! I am blown away by what I have read so far!

Amy Woolard said...

Everyone deals with life trauma differently. All that you have gone through had to have been awful. Your writing is just beautiful & I admire you for all that you lived through & being able to turn it into a positive.

Debra Branigan said...

Pretty cover and your writing sounds so heartfelt. Best wishes to the author on her work.

inspirwing said...

Thank you so much! I am working on my second book currently. I hope you enjoy Metaphoria and Inspirwing!

inspirwing said...

As a poetry collection, Metaphoria focuses more on conveying emotions and imaginative scenes than characters. The real people involved in both my abuse and my healing process are kept nameless for privacy purposes.

inspirwing said...

Thank you so much for your support! It was awful, and I learned many life lessons from the experience. It is also very refreshing that you used the word "admire" rather than expressing pity or sympathy. One of the worst feelings as a survivor is being looked down upon for what happened to me. Empathy is a key to healing that I had to find outside of my comfort zone and previous social circle. Thank you for your positive language.