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

‘Dreams & Dew’- Book Review

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This Read Was an Enjoyable, Learning Experience for Me

on 9 November 2018

This is the third Chriselda Barretto book that I have finished in less than a week and I am pleased to tell you that it was an enjoyable, learning experience for me with its poems and their storylines and all. I truly found this book entertaining and suitable for my reading tastes I am so happy to recommend it to you to go ahead and order it for your Kindle collection right now. The poems here are multi-themed, with elements ranging from romance to thriller to inspirational. In all honesty, I have found a poetry book (here) that mirrors my own books that I have written and published. Just to give a preview of what I liked from this book, here are a few quotes or lines that I am sure will help you make your ultimate decision on buying it for yourself or your loved one for this upcoming gift-giving holiday season this year!

“Raindrops falling from eyes/ teardrops falling from the skies/…Pain to bring joy/ Happiness to lead to suffering…” I found the subjects in these lines to be opposite of each other, yet they are so true which shows Barretto’s amazing wisdom and insight.

“Under the bright moonlight/ cometh she out her mound/ skin glistening like/ little shimmering diamonds/ yearning for love and affection/ always facing rejection…” This has dual meanings for me. There is the mermaid from Andersen’s fairy tale and then there is the man/woman who faces rejection when they just want love and affection therefore it is forbidden love…

Other poems and prose in this fascinating and magical book of Barretto’s are obviously influenced by her ethnic heritage’s Hinduism where she mentions names of deities of that religion throughout the book and it’s all so beautiful to my reading tastes. (I like it when someone has vast knowledge of his or her multicultural background.)

There are also poems that tell stories of romance and love that I am happy to inform you to have inspired me in my own plans for my third poetry collection. I tell you if there is a poet out there that has a fresh voice and point of view right now for me it would be Barretto here. I love how she manipulates the structure of her poetic lines to make them rhyme with each other, that to me, is talent and yes, Barretto has incredible talent. Her English vocabulary level is vast and she knows a lot to give her poems here that professionalism that great poets and writers possess.

I really enjoyed this third book of hers and I wholeheartedly urge you to give her a chance, order a copy of this beauty for yourself to experience her gift for yourself. I recommend this book to all those who love skillful poetry and prose, because you will be amazed by her unique and fresh voice. One final note: I truly enjoyed this work of hers from the other two I previously reviewed because this is art at its best and it has inspired me to write poems that will follow her technique. Good stuff, way to go Barretto!

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Ghosting!

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

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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!

Rainbows

Beautiful reality
Touching the sky
In all its glory!

Coloured arches of divinity
Bringing happiness, joy, subtlety!

Watch it, stare even
If you find one
Smile always to follow!

Small intricacies of nature
In one’s heart to swallow!

Treasure we seek at the end of it
Thinks me, lies it in your mind
Enriching your eyes for your find!

 

Picture credit – Leo Wieling

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Cataclysm

One by one
Watch them fall
Gaining speed, before finally hitting
The earth’s surface now surrendering.

Craters many all around start forming
Stop now, not really it doesn’t!

The second wave now gathering momentum
Stars as huge as planets pouring through
Scary sight for all in this destruction!

Blazing trails of fire
Lighting all in its path, till the planet is under!

Pray us now for protection
Help us find our way out, our salvation!

Stop and Start

Stop searching, start accepting
Stop procrastinating, start getting it done
Stop acting, start being free
Stop sleep-walking, start waking up
Stop turning to easiness, start facing difficulties
Stop being fake, start being genuine
Stop wasting time, start giving back
Stop materialistic pleasures, start loving nature
Stop talking, start listening
Stop complacency, start proactivity
Stop judging, start living!

Hadiss 1

Welcome! come on right in

close the door

grab a seat, get comfortable

For this new tale I tell

will make you shiver and quell

Entertaining as hell,

listen on then

Enjoy and pay attention

now, later, right to the end!

The hero, the protagonist

He is called “Hadiss”

An eternal being, an angel of sorts

dancing between heaven, earth and other dots!

A ruler he isn’t, a protector much more

sitting between the clouds on his throne

annointed with wings, far and wide

spread them he does when in full flight!

Beauty is his in all its forms

shining, dark skin, hard to deconstruct

They gave him a gift at his birth

The gods up above, from another universe

His gift was metals

Produce it from his being, his hands within

Liquid transforming into his desired weapon

Be it a whip, sword or spear with its edge sharpened!

From Poseidon, travel did he

in search of a land to call his,

and then he saw earth

a beautiful green blue orb

flew he right in, for this was his sort.

He sensed his fate lay here

as soon as he stepped a foot on earth’s layer

Emotions and sentiments came flooding in

he saw her hidden, deep in the shadows

His dream, his vision hailed him to her

Find her was his ultimate destiny and procure!

The way would not be easy

lined with death and things queasy

For his love, she belonged to “Eshom”

Another eternal soul from heaven

living on earth, bound to the dirt

corrupting humans with his wealth and sport

creating havoc, death and murder

For he sought and yearned for fresh blood to slaughter,

Adrenaline in his veins burned by desire

to kill, slice, avenge and despise.

Our story is long

encounters many will come

for Hadiss and Eshom, our antagonist!

Unfortunately find we amidst

this beautiful soul, a human girl, love kissed

Perla was her name, like a single pearl in a flame!

Come back next time

to hear the story of all time

of Hadiss our protector

and his search for his true love vector!