Category Archives: Featured Writers

Featured Writer – Annette Rochelle Aben

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Worthy

Do you know how worthy you are

Well, just look about you

Look close, look far

You’ll see trees, lakes and mountains, the sun, moon and stars

That, my friend is how worthy you are

 

Know in your heart, that this paradise golden

Was created for you, in times so long ago, olden

And there was no test you had to take, to know if this, your home, you should make

For the Creator, knew the master plan, that the space needed to be oh, so worthy of man

 

Yet, there are times, in this space, we feel so lost

As though we haven’t the money to cover the cost

Of the splendor around us, those vast open spaces

We long to retreat to our hide away places

We want to punish ourselves for we think we are less

Than all that surrounds us; with all we’ve been blessed

 

And then we get to feeling smaller than small

Worries and burdens loom so very tall

It’s hard to remember to simply close our eyes

And go to that still, small place inside

To find the peace and love that we truly seek

And grow beyond the illusion of being weak

 

For you are the container for the world’s greatest riches

Held together without staples or stiches

You were entrusted with a glorious spirit, a beautiful soul

Which are more valuable than all the world’s gold

More perfect and awesome than all we can see

For you were blessed with the opportunity, just to BE

 

Life is the most intoxicating of perfumes and you, the finest of jars

And that, my friend, is how worthy you ARE!

 

©2017 Annette Rochelle Aben

For more inspirational writings by Annette, please visit her site at:

http://www.annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com


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Featured Writer – Ayodele-Oja Temidayo Olayide

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Let’s Talk

Let’s talk about things we don’t usually talk about.

Let’s talk about the pain people hide beneath the cuts.  

Let’s talk about the secrets students bury because they are afraid to talk.

Let’s talk about the dust that old hunchback cleaners with warm smiles sweep out of classrooms, creating sandstorms.

Let’s talk about the whispers flown miles away from circles of teenagers.

Let’s talk about the books we are dying to read but won’t discuss.

Let’s talk about the corrupt we motivate.

Let’s talk about the things we hate, that boil our blood underneath the skins we dread.

Let’s talk about the sky. 

Let’s talk about death and how the unknown prevents us from sleeping.

Let’s talk about the spirits within us that are begging, begging to take over.

Let’s talk about the words we said, didn’t mean to say, wanted to say, couldn’t say, wished to say, lived to say, and died trying to say.

Let’s talk about the future we hope to see in a crystal ball.

Let’s talk about those dodging bullets and bracing violent waves.

Let’s talk about the dreams that have shattered and have yet to be reborn.

Let’s talk about those without a place to call home.

Let’s talk about love and how we all secretly wish for it.

Let’s talk about how selfish and greedy we all are.

Let’s talk about how cruel we’ve made the world and how we are going to make all of it stop.

 

Written by, Ayodele-Oja Temidayo Olayide

To read more of Temidayo’s wonderfully inspiring words, please visit; poetryandproze.


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Featured Writer – Charlie Hasler

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The Prison I Create

There are no bars keeping me in, there is no door without a key in.

All the lights are on without a flicker or dim, my soul free to wonder out or in.

And yet I stay frozen to one spot, unable to get past the lock that is not.

I sit and stare at my loves fading smile, trapped in the memory of when I could hold her for a while.

I curse myself and my internal latch, that I cannot get loose from this imaginary catch.

My hands are sore, my eyes are weak, my internal light ever growing darker and bleak.

The man I once was becoming a ghost in time, locked behind this illusion of mine.

Gone of days when life was a dream to catch, why can I not get past this imaginary latch.

There are no bars, there is no steel, why does my mind command me to kneel.

I have no words, only hate, inside this prison I do create.

I scratch a marking on the wall, to remind me I must obey or face the fall.

And fall I do, further still, into this invisible pit I created by the freedom of my own free will.

The hangman’s noose so appealing, but today is not my time, I remain for the true love of mine.

No illusionists trick, nor jailers whip, will see me lose my iron like grip.

So I will go on inside my imaginary jail and yes there will be a time that I shall prevail.

Written by, Charlie Hasler
For more thought provoking poems, please visit: www.charliesaysblog.com

Charlie can also be found on Twitter @hasler2charlie


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Featured Writer – Autumn Cook

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My daughters… Autumn (8)  Brianna (15)

World of Sweets

Taffy to candy corn

Cookies and brownies

And…

What to choose?

Caramel apples?

I don’t know…

What to have,

In the world of sweets?

I guess candy is too sweet to eat,

In a world of sweets.

So I’m having it all!


Written by, Autumn Cook (Age 8)

Featured Writer – B.L.C.

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A Dream Land in Which I Wish to Sleep in

Pink firecrackers flash by me with excellent speed

With each and every step

I can hear the cosmos calling my name

Whispering

Wondering

A shooting star

A wish

“I wish to dream”

“And to keep going onward”

Downwards to the star gate

And into the fountain of milky ways

It gently pours onto my delicate figure

How sweet the taste

How intoxicating the smell

My senses in a daze

It seems even in my dreams

I’m already half way asleep

My eyes close

I step in

Deep into the ocean of galaxies

Just remember to sing the astronauts goodnight

As I slowly drift away…

Written by, B.L.C.

To read more from this talented new blogger, please visit her site: www.brinkbrinkbreak.wordpress.com


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Calling all Bloggers…

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Are you a writer, artist, or photographer, looking for a way to share your blog with others?  If so, I would love to feature you right here on puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com.

Please send your inspirational thoughts, poems, short stories, bios, traveling experiences, quotes, or any other relevant material to: thoughtsofmanywriters@yahoo.com

I am specifically looking for stories and poems, which are encouraging, uplifting, or inspirational.  I am also willing to feature personal bios, travel stories, artwork, etc.

I will accept unpublished work or posts which have been previously published on your blog; just send me the link if you wish to submit something you’ve already posted.  I will not accept photos unless they are personally yours and watermarked as such.

When sending in your submissions, please include the name you would like to use in your featured post, so that I can credit your work back to you.  Also, please include a link to your website or blog if you have one, and if you are an anonymous writer, please include your pen name.

Feel free to share this opportunity with others, so that they may be featured here as well.

Thanks! ~Michelle Cook


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Featured Writer – Devereaux Frazier

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Reflections In Morning Light

 

I wake up

and see the morning sun

Feel the rays warm cold skin

as curtains are parted in joy

All around me, life is sounding

birds tweeting, cats meowing

and people going to work

As I wake up

my heart beats faster

my head swivels, preparing for the day

my hands readied for this game

Inside me is stirring

sad bowels

wise as owls

I shouldn’t have eaten that day old salad

Waking up

I notice the many emails from the night

Comments from you

appreciating how and what I write

Fully awaken

with goals to be taken

and expectations to be shaken

I am grateful for the light

It keeps me warm

it keeps me in the right

it keeps me

alive

Written by, Devereaux Frazier

*Devereaux is a wonderfully talented teen writer, who has become such a blessing to me and my family.  You won’t want to miss the opportunity to see more of his creative writing.  Please visit his blog here.


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Featured Writer – John Horner

Sandbox Souvenirs

In myriad ways, now and since,
I’m less a formidable force than then,
When I was Icarus on a banana-seat Schwinn,
A Double Dragon defeater on fifty cents,
A baleful Blackfoot in dun buckskin,
Or a Ranger with hardened steel in his chin.

Deep thoughts were enumerated tootsie pop licks
Or scissor-splitting spit-clogged pixie sticks;
Didn’t take it too hard on a Sadie Hawkins miss—
Holding hands was adventurous, never mind a kiss;
And wouldn’t make too much of the little pinpricks
A bully might brandish against a simple bliss.

Miss Welch taught me cursive for counted naught;
Miss Bryant once jacked me to my toes by an ear
(I feigned half-deaf-to-left for the rest of that year);
Principal Eubanks had the handle on a hardwood swat
And kept my mother’s work-number too damn near—
My heart pocketed it all as a sandbox souvenir.

There seemed less to lose and more to ponder,
In a Members Only jacket impossible to launder
And pants of patched and pearl-snapped corduroy;
If there be any brilliance in me, or purest joy,
Any brightness beyond my most selfish squander,
Let it be the beam of that brave and unbroken boy.

Written by, John Horner

For more of John’s wonderful poems, please visit his website here.


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Featured Writer – Jambo Stewart

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Intrigue them with your flash fiction

Seduce them with your short stories

Let them fall in love with your novel

 

For further inspiring thoughts from Jambo Stewart, please visit his blog here.


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Calling all bloggers….

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Are you a writer, artist, or photographer, looking for a way to share your blog with others?  If so, I would love to feature you right here on puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com.

Please send your inspirational thoughts, poems, short stories, bios, traveling experiences, quotes, or any other relevant material to: thoughtsofmanywriters@yahoo.com

I am specifically looking for stories and poems, which are encouraging, uplifting, or inspirational.  I am also willing to feature personal bios, travel stories, artwork, etc.

I will accept unpublished work, or posts which have been previously published on your blog; just send me the link if you wish to submit something you’ve already posted.  I will not accept photos, unless they are personally yours and watermarked as such.

When sending in your submissions, please include the name you would like to use in your featured post, so that I can credit your work back to you.  Also, please include a link to your website or blog if you have one, and if you are an anonymous writer, please include your pen name.

Feel free to share this opportunity with others, so that they may be featured here as well.

Thanks! ~Michelle Cook


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Featured Writer – Eva

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Reflection about life:

What is this gift? Yes gift, because we never ask for. It has been given to us, due to randomness and nature. But there is no notice with it! Plus how complex it is!

Life is a mix of genetics, of a certain periods, of people met, of experiences, of places visited… These are the cards, now let’s play with them. Just take care, there is a limited time for this gift. We don’t know the end, but still… it will end in a moment. How do we know it? Because of previous people who have received similar gifts.

For my part, I have had this gift for 19 years. I played with it and it has been tough. I almost ran out of cards. I don’t know why I didn’t, and especially wonder how I didn’t lose all of my cards during hard times. Luck, perhaps? I don’t really trust luck. To my mind, luck might appear when you are trying to climb the mountain, not when you have given up. So no effort, no luck.

Today, I still own my gift; but strangely it’s like I’ve just received it. I still don’t understand how I should handle it. I’m confused and lost. My cards have evolved in 19 years. But I can’t see what I have in my hands; it’s fuzzy. I can’t distinguish anything clearly, and I wonder who could lift the fog. Nobody seems to have the ability… The fuzziness will never entirely disappear, but it can be subdued.

The truth is, because it’s my own gift, no one else can hold the cards for me.

Moreover, I have to make choices. With which cards do I want to go on? It also means which cards will I leave? So what is the best choice? Well, how can I know without trying…? And actually, is there a best choice, or is it me who needs to make it a good choice? It might be both. A balance of both. Make a good choice and make it be a good choice!  Ok, this lovely gift is so complex, so mysterious, so unknown…

Then what is the aim? Oh I forget, there is no notice.

For more wonderful inspiration from Eva, please visit her blog here.


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Featured Writer – Carl Webber

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The Journey…

Masquerade through the charade till this pretense starts to fade.

Abound by all that surrounds, told to keep our  feet applied firmly to the ground.

Educated to a standard set by who? Is what is false false and true really true?

What is right is it right and what is wrong is it wrong? Read from the same hymn sheet, sing the same old song.

See you can’t really see, you can’t see the spirit that is within me.

My true identity, my real core being, seeing isn’t always believing.

It’s a notion that people just can’t grasp, are we sent here, here for task?

Questions can mount and cloud our wandering mind, this is a mask you look at but can’t see inside.

Do you think your brain controls your very being? Just because of what it tells you, what you have been told? What matter you are seeing?

Well listen to me now and open your soul to this, your controlled by your spirit and the rest you can dismiss.

For if you had a part removed would you still exist? Yes is the answer is there something that you missed?

We are on a journey through this space and time, but when we die our spirit lives and into our real life’s we entwine.

So open up your spirit and take captive of every thought, all the things you wanted, all the things that you once sought.

Know that love is the only perfect emotion, make the choice and be happy for your true vocation is on its way if you look past all this false commotion.

Written by, Carl Webber

 

To read Carl’s other inspirational and heartwarming poems, please visit his blog at:  mypoemblog.

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A pound of marriage

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“There are various ounces of romance in the truth of a pound of marriage. I doubt any marriage carries all sixteen full of romantic fun and games.” ~Oneta Hayes


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Featured Writer – Ashley Moss

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I’ll Be Your Angel

When you’re alone and feeling blue,

When you don’t know what to do,

When you need a friend to talk to

and you’re wondering who,

Because I have problems too,

I’ll be your angel.

I’ll be your angel in the heat

of the night.

When you don’t have the

strength to, for you I’ll fight.

I’ll be your angel when the

world seems cold.

When you come to my heart

broken, your hand I’ll hold.

I’ll be your angel.

I’m not dressed in robes

 of white.

 Yet, I’ll be a pillar of strength

for you.

I don’t have wings, and am

not always right.

Yet, I’ll inspire hope in

you.

I don’t have a halo, that’s

 right.

Yet, I’ll pray for you.

Whenever you’re feeling

down, give me a call.

I’ll catch you if you fall.

Because I believe in you,

I’ll be your angel.

 

Written by, Ashley Moss

For more inspiring poems, please visit Ashley and download her free poetry e-book.
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Featured Writer – The Starlit Octave Band

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Where the ocean meets the sky

To me, who’s deep drowned in the sea
Water’s turning green
You know I, my vision sees
The sin

To I, who’s hit the bottom of ocean
In a slowly hitting motion
Breaking all my bones
In mine

Common, let me save my life
Common, let me, rejoice
Common, let me go up to the sun
For its time for the homerun

Common, let the wind and the tide
Give me, the better ride
Where the ocean meets the sky

Where the glory is if you haven’t
Broken all the rules
Why the braveheart stands still
Like a lazy golden goose

Where the time is tide
And so my life
Is a wild race
Go and win, and be unchanged to embrace the change

Common, let me save my life
Common, let me, rejoice
Common, let me go up to the sun
For its time for the homerun

Common, let the wind and the tide
Give me, the better ride
Where the ocean meets the sky

All I need, a little help
A note to myself
Where are you oh my dear
Are you ready to change?

All I say the golden words
Go up to the Sun
For the sky was the limit of the past
Now its time for homerun

Common, let me save my life
Common, let me, rejoice
Common, let me go up to the sun
For its time for the homerun

Common, let the wind and the tide
Give me, the better ride
Where the ocean meets the sky

 

Written by, The Starlit Octave Band

For more inspiring poems, please visit:  The Starlit Octave Band

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