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Manderley Swain

Sweet Red Alchemy

Sweet Red Apple Alchemy The scent of fallTranslucent, redCinnamon sweetMore precious than gold.Grandmother’s apple butterI long for it so–Just one more taste before I grow old!   Fall, for me, has never been about pumpkin spice. Fall is about apples,… Continue Reading →

Battle Cry

***A battle cry for all of us — for survivors of abuse, rape, harassment, violence and more; for LGBTQ family and friends; for all the victims of racism and victims of fear and ignorance. Rise. Stand. March. Scream. Vote.  … Continue Reading →

Do You Dream?

Are you ever afraid… Of your own voice? Your own words? Your own thoughts? Your anger? I’ve been taught To be afraid… Of my anger Of my thoughts Of my words Of my voice Are you afraid… To go outside… Continue Reading →

Persephone Slept On

Persephone slept Through Spring Birds and Flowers Forgot To bloom and sing Gray skies wept Demeter’s mournful tears Frozen underground Winter months Turned into years

Summer Sweet

One of my favorite childhood memories centers around July 4th celebrations. Though we always enjoyed watching our neighbors sending up their own fiery sparks, the memory has little to do with fireworks. It seems the best family memories are often… Continue Reading →

True Love

My week began in melancholy nostalgia. Monday was my mother’s birthday. She’s been gone for 10 years. I miss her most when I want to share something funny or something beautiful with her. She was my best friend during my… Continue Reading →

Aftermath

The day after– or the hours after– a panic attack can be almost as bad as the attack itself. During the attack, adrenaline rushes through me just as if I were still in actual, physical danger. My body doesn’t know… Continue Reading →

Anatomy of a Flashback

  Scared Body trembling Tremors, shivers Cold, not cold Alone in my head With memories Filling my body Can’t breathe Wild eyed Chest tightening Dissociating Dizzy, falling feeling Confusion, chaos Dissolving, distrusting Destabilized, disorder Drowning, smothering Fighting, clawing, crying Lost,… Continue Reading →

Grace in Beauty

Beauty. I’ve spent my life in pursuit of beauty. Gazing at it, studying it, working to create it in one form or another. I bring costuming visions to life and help people realize their own beauty. Fashion was my first… Continue Reading →

Backyard Superheroes

Wonder Woman, Wolverine, Batman, Storm, Rogue, Spiderman, Superman, Kitty Pryde, Bionic Woman and Bionic Man– heroes a child could find in popular culture, not just in comic books, in the late 70’s and early 80’s. As children, we wore all… Continue Reading →

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