Poetry

Lunar Eclipse

Black Reiki

Darkness can hide in the lightest of places.

Death creeps in the shadows, teasing his wares with a kind smile.

Love and light are lies, redirected to distract from the deepest deception.

Truth is control, a harbinger of relentless misdirection.

Fathoming distrust, a shallow grave dug by one’s own hand.

The tragedy of all, blind eyes.

Belief begrudging, fools follow.

The demon, the jester, the trickster uncontrolled.

Once was is now with heartfelt regret.

Saddened with fury, awakened with the knife.

Choices made and rituals avoided.

I am free.

(c) Lesley Ann Campbell

Breathe. Breathe. – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book Review

Breathe. Breathe.

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Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi

First of all, many thanks to the author, Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi, for a copy of this wonderful collection to read in exchange for review. I always relish the chance to read some poetry, I don’t get the chance as often as I’d like to. I wholeheartedly am grateful for receiving this to read. It was inspiring, truly. I have just ordered myself a hard copy too, this is one which deserves a place on my shelf of re-reads.

I found myself captivated with this book from the start. It’s a beautifully dark and inspired look inside our pain, our sadness and our fear.  The book itself is broken down into three sections.

Act One: Breathe Through Fear

Dark and disturbing monsters, what lurks in the shadows and what is beyond the veil? Act One is sublime in the telling of these tales of fear and human horrors. Earl Grey Tea is one that will linger in my subconscious with its tragedy.

Act Two: Breathe Through Pain

Love, revenge, pain and jealousy – Act Two has it all. These are real, poems not about lurking monsters or the supernatural, but about the realities of our being.

Short Stories

The third section in the book contains a collection of exquisitely written short stories centring on topics including abuse and revenge.

The final story in the collection, giving inspiration to the bright cover art, is ‘Dandelion Yellow’, that is one that will stick with me. It is a heartbreaking tale of child abuse and the way a child’s mind works to protect itself. It started out so innocent, a child colouring with crayons, and her favourite colour is the Dandelion Yellow. What follows delves far from that childlike naivety and springs the true tragic horror at the end.  It is captivating in its sadness.

Breathe. Breathe is a tragic and thought provoking look within the human soul and a horrific exploration of our worst elements. It is a beautifully put together piece combining the dark nature of the poetry with some rather traumatic short stories. The bright and sunny cover is an emotional trigger of the final tale. I don’t think I will ever be able to view a dandelion in the same light again.

5/5

Lesley-Ann

Darkest Sunlight: A Poetic Narrative – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Book Review

Darkest Sunlight: A Poetic Narrative

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Xtina Marie

“The heart was made to be broken.” – Oscar Wilde 
“To allow your heart to soar, you must risk the depths. Darkest Sunlight is the third poetic narrative from Xtina Marie. In this journey, readers will begin in the darkest of places yet revealed to us by this critically acclaimed poet, only to then find themselves thrust into the brightness of love before their eyes and minds can fully adjust. It is this shocking contrast which best conveys what it is to love, lose, and love again. 
In Dark Musings, Xtina explored sadness. In Light Musings, she explored the intricacies of a loving heart. In Darkest Sunlight, Xtina Marie compares the opposite ends of the spectrum, and in doing so, she found a place darker than black.”

Darkest Sunlight is a wonderful collection of dark poetry exploring obsession, paranoia, depression, grief, love and lust to name a few. I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t read a lot of poetry so this was an interesting change of pace for me, one which I must say I thoroughly embraced and enjoyed.

I don’t feel at all qualified to review poetry properly; I could never give it the justice it deserves. I will say that I thought Dark Sunlight was brilliant, and that I will be picking up more from Marie to read.

It’s worth your time.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darkest-Sunlight-Narrative-Xtina-Marie/dp/1948318466/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1546369868&sr=8-9&keywords=xtina+marie

5/5

Lesley-Ann (Housewife of Horror)

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