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brightbirdart
Art by Eva Sandoval via Mixkit.co

the birds have stored
their hearts up for
safekeeping–
they’ve seen how
much trouble humans
run into using
something we have no
idea on how to use

yet
we still try
they’re much smarter
than we think

Oh, but at the sea . . .

ColorfulSeahorse
Art by Eva Sandoval via Mixkit.co

the brave seahorse raids
the raging waters, fearlessness
in his gaze
I lurk about, waiting for
a glimpse of wonder . . .
a chance to witness
the essence of magic.

he wades through,
cautious and in-the-know,
I sit back
with my hands pressed
close to me
longing for the moment
to land an eye
on this incredible creature.

the ten-year-old trapped within
lunges itself forward
we find a few minutes
of excitement, pull them close,
and will ourselves on for
the evening.

we know the beauty
nature possesses,
does the seahorse
know?

Featured Writer for March

Shannon Mastromonico is a recently added contributor to A Cornered Gurl and is a powerhouse of talent. With the ability to visually capture her poems and prose with her own art, she brings something extremely different to our publication. Her words are sharp, vulnerable, and edgy with a hint of “matter-of-factness” to them. I am happy to present to each of you our Featured Writer for the month of March, Shannon Mastromonico with her debut poem:


Until Planets Move

©Shannon Mastromonico 2020

This marks new ground
broken. This
is a pain plateau. Going
through too many dark forests
foraging for peace. Lost
and undernourished
Until planets move
and color shifts
Respite by chance
of wandering stars
and moon dips


Originally published in A Cornered Gurl via Medium.

What Inspires You?

As a creative individual, what drives you to do what you do? How do you stay motivated to share your gifts with the world? You can leave your responses to this in the comments below.

I’ll go first . . . I love connection. If I can touch just one person each day with my writing, then I am meeting a personal goal. The ability to harness negative energy and turn it into something positive is what drives me, it keeps me going.

Now, it’s your turn. Please, don’t be shy. Share with us.

at the “high table”

Lune #15 of 25

Women Leaning on a Railingby Edgar Degas–Circa 1890

at the “high table”
they rejoice–
now, the witch is dead.


*A lune (rhymes with moon) is a very short poem. It has only three lines. It is similar to a haiku. A haiku has three lines, and it follows a 5/7/5 syllable pattern. The lune’s syllable pattern is 5/3/5. Since the middle line is limited to three syllables, it is often the shortest line of the three. This makes a lune curve a bit like a crescent moon.

For the next twenty-five days, except Saturdays and Sundays, I will share a lune with each of you. This is Lune #15 of this project.