The Shorter Things Collection

My newest release is an anthology of poems, flash fiction, and short stories I wrote over the last few years that do not fit so comfortably into the Young Adult genre. It’s for everyone, especially those who find it hard to read a whole novel. Sometimes short is all you have time for. I apologize in advance though; just because these pieces are short doesn’t mean they’re all sweet. The genres span from haiku to horror, and many in between. Get your ebook copy today.

I’d like to share with you my favorite poem in the collection, Color In Circles.

I felt bold. Bold. Bold as a box of bright crayons on gray recycled paper.

A rectangular page ripped from a Cinderella coloring book,

That utility box of Crayolas, ten predictable shades

Blue, Yellow, Red, Purple, Green, Brown, Orange, Pink, Black, and White

Primary to primal.

A rainbowed Decalogue stains the cheap pages

To color Cinderella in her temporary magical dress

Losing. Losing. Losing her damn glass slipper.

Graffiti without boundaries,

Void of trained aesthetics, haphazard, fearless.

A picture to reflect the stunted artist

Not for public display. The ten shades reveal a blushing testament.

What is to be done with this? This. This rendering by a frantic child?

Paint over it. Disguise the disgrace.

Slather over the mistakes with black ooze and let it dry.

Etch out a design. No, scratch out a warning—

Don’t. Don’t. Don’t waltz with strangers, Prince Charmings, narcissists.

Toss the testament in the trash with the glass slippers.

Abandon it. The mockery, the etched remnant.

Find a fresh page of thick bleached parchment.

New. New. New from a coloring book for grown-ups.

Purchase the jumbo box of crayons—ninety-six shades, nearly one-hundred hues.

Remember. Remember. Remember sitting at the table, one summer in the early‘80s.

“Use circles,” mom instructed, making bold impressions, not feeble scribbles.

Shades of blossoming pinks filled the empty space between lines.

Sunrise-tinged flowers of carnation, salmon, and fuschia.

Take the new page.

Grasp the renewed legacy.

Create. Create. Create again and again and again.

Capture the shades between bold and afraid.

Keep coloring.

Use circles.

There is no end.

 


 

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I’m a big fan of Madeleine L’Engle’s collaborations! Have you heard about the upcoming movie based on her famous novel, A Wrinkle in Time? Watch the trailer!

While you’re waiting for the 2018 movie release, read the review of my favorite L’Engle novel, A Ring Of Endless Light.

 


 

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Do You Still Believe?

Elizabeth wiped the tears from her face and began quoting,

The days are dark, the ocean surrounds.

             My fate is unseen, my fate is not ground.”

             The Guardian joined her.  

             “For God orders all, I am just a mist.

            Hovering still, waiting for bliss. 

            The dark hides me well, my heart longs for light.

             I live by this creed—it is all for the bright!”

            Olivia smiled, happy her friend still remembered the old poem.

“Ainsling—do you still believe in the red string?”

The Red Knot, Chapter 26, The Recognition

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Threats

The other file stared back at him.  Threats.

The file was thick.  It mostly contained empty claims, but every threat to E.C.C.O. was investigated.  The paperwork was ridiculous.  There were a few red-flagged threats—ongoing investigations.  The two biggest threats at present were the Freedom Restoration Movement and the mysterious Guardian.

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The Vengeful Herd

The vengeful herd closed in on Jack.  He ran as fast as he was able, his lungs burning from the effort.  His hope of escape disappeared when he turned the corner and found himself in a dead-end alley.  Jack fell to his knees.


 

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Dreads And Thing-a-ma-jigs

“This thing-a-ma-jig says it will be close to three hours.  Better get comfortable and put on that hat like I told you earlier or you’re going to have some serious sunburn.”

            T-bone scowled and reluctantly stuffed a fisherman’s hat over his thick head of dreads. 

The Red Knot, Chapter One, The Vision

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Knitters Strive

“Yeah, maybe.  Let’s talk about something else.  Are you done with your swatch, Ainsling?”

Ainsling held up her square of knit work, the third attempt at reaching the correct gauge.  She laid it down and set a special ruler over it to count the stitches horizontally and vertically.  Finally, she got gauge!

 “Cool!  So, if I follow the instructions, it will be a perfect fit, right?”

Many of the knitters around them giggled. 

Ainsling looked at them quizzically.

“Well, that’s not always how it works out, but it’s the best way to aim for the goal.  Knitters strive to get gauge but—I know I’ve said it before and I will say it again—knitting keeps you humble,” Ellen chuckled.

-The Red Cloak, Days of the Guardian Vol. 2

 


 

It is all for the bright!

D. Marie Prokop