Seeking absolution for your deeds
Engraved deeply in your beliefs
Eating up your thoughts, acid frothing in heaps
Seeping deep into the holy seed!

Having tried the ecclesiastical hierarchy
Condemned for all eternity
Salvation not found in conformity
Earth holding no surrender, full of profanity!

Climb up to the skies
Cry out, like thunder in a hundred lashes
Repentance will arrive on scales
Seated surrealistically on the wings of doves
Firmly scathing and healing all surfaces!

©Chriselda Barretto

Art – Face with doves – by Florence Wong

The dark alley!

“Come away with me,
Just follow on”, he said

My senses tingling with dread
Holding on to my last sane shred!

Up ahead was a dark alley
Leading into fear and folly
Screams echoing from far behind
The sky looking dark and blood red

He turned towards me now
Offering his hand out, for me to hold
Terror rising, fast and utterly bold!

Should I turn and run to flee?
Should I stay, knowing not what will be?

The pleasure of anticipation burning bright
Cares left far behind, in this unholy night!

I grab his palm, stepping into the shadows
Come what may, fear or fright
Hoping earnestly the next few seconds
Will bring me to light!

© Chriselda Barretto

Atonement in Writing!

Writing away the pain
A beautiful way to stray
Such an innovative way
To get rid of those nasty feelings
Those which would otherwise stay!
Let flow the emotions
Bring out the sentiment
Bleed it onto that parched sheet
Ensuring for you
A manner to delete
All of the remaining sleet!
Need it not only be in writing
It could extend to anything
Painting, singing even simply talking!
Find your positivity, creativity and endearment
Bringing an end to your bereavement
An ultimate atonement!


What’s Ghosting you ask
Belonging not only to the past
A popular act of our generation
Done it is often and pretty vast
As simple as texting and putting on a mask!

Consider it your good luck
Escaping by the trim of your cap
Fault it be not with you
Because reliability and sincerity they simply lack!

Listen up I will tell you
Better off with the real ones are you
Never to leave you at stake
Stay, fight, defend and live
Here with you now, never to forsake!

© Chriselda Barretto

Book review – The Creep


A Poetic Narrative Featuring Christian and Mythological Elements
on 2 November 2018

The Creep by Chriselda Barretto is an interesting and original idea of its kind epic poem featuring a horrific monster dubbed by Barretto as the “Creep” that resembles the Greek monster, Medusa that comes to people through their dreams. It does not have a given name just that it is a creepy demon that only a certain little boy is destined to send back to wherever diabolical place it originated from. This is a new form of poetry book that is labeled as a thriller on Amazon’s website. It is similar to the Greek greats The Odyssey and The Iliad in that it tells a story through a narrator and this book is inspired by the Christian story of the villainous satan that was banished from heaven and is said to be on earth to wreak havoc only to be destroyed by the Lord Almighty’s son Jesus Christ. So I guess it’s safe to say that this book has a universal appeal to all those who are aware of Christ and His enemy satan.

This book is short and concise, the poetic lines are not lengthy but are rightfully brief and simple. It is written in a sort of way by Barretto to probably let each line rhyme and go smoothly with each other as a whole in order to be read poetically by avid readers of poetry books. I found no faults within this book except that to the amateur poetry reader, he or she may find the rhythm to be off-putting but as a poet myself, I can say that it is for the words’ syllables and consonants to flow rhythmically. I finished this book in two days but could have been shorter if I wasn’t too tired from the Halloween craze of two days ago.

I suggest this book to those die-hard fans of poetry who may love a new poetic theme, in this case, the horror genre because in all my years on this earth the only horrific kind of poetry book I’ve read was Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and Other Poems and that’s about it. Barretto has sparked an interest in me for scary-themed poems and for epic poetry as well. Good luck to the author and her writing career and to everyone reading this book, try it out and see if it fancies you. I think a collector of poetry books should add this rare gem to his or her library. I think Barretto’s work here has made me feel like I should search for more book-length epic poems with all sorts of themes ranging from horror to suspense to romance of course to entertain me during this upcoming magical season of winter. God bless!


Hear the beats
Align your senses
Synchronise the vibrations
Starting at your feet!

Gently raise it higher
Alight each pore
Emotions engaging in galore
Bring in rhythm
Strike at the very core.

Notice your feelings
Utter happiness, never predicted
Pleasure and privilege, deeply inflicted!

Movements follow, engage and focus
Coordination in arms, legs, limbs in whole
Feel no coy or distraction
A level new in elevation
Giving sheer joy and detoxification!


© Chriselda Barretto


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