Scribblings and scrawls of a hopeless romantic soul


Oleg Oprisco

The only thing I have to fear…


The only thing I have to fear…

The only thing I have to fear is living a life with my soul tethered to a thread of lies. That in each move I make, each path I take, the strings crisscross. That without me knowing, I have weaved a delicate fabric of pretense.

The only thing I have to fear is not having the will to cut the thread. That I get at ease with the charade, and life, in its most cunning way, has tied the strings tighter. That I am left clothed with a skin-tight, glossy façade.

So here I am, trying to befriend my weaknesses, tending over my scars. Here I am, cherishing my passion, reaching out to my zeal. For the only thing I have to fear is living somebody else’s life while throwing away mine.

The wind’s kiss reminds
To live an untainted life—
Be yourself and smile

© 2017 Maria. All Rights Reserved.

In response to dVerse’s Monday Haibun: The only thing we have to fear… hosted by Toni and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie’s Photo Challenge #161 by Nekneeraj.

This stirring photo by one of my favorite surreal photographers, Oleg Oprisco, reminds of my fear of living a life pretense. I will forever be a work in progress but I am glad to say that the thread has started to loosen. 🙂

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Whispered Yearning


Whispered Yearning
Ronsardian Ode

A life shattered into million pieces
And broken shards
Fearful doubt ascends as faith decreases—
Collapsing guard
Over spilled tears she yearns to start anew
Rebuild a life, a future into view
Leave her holdfast
Escape at last
Transcend life’s struggles and breakthrough.

© 2016 Maria. All Rights Reserved.

Photography by Oleg Oprisco

In response to dVerse’s Quadrille – 11: Spill and The Daily Post prompt: Rebuild



© Oleg Oprisco

Tired of sham and charade
Jaded by cynicism and grief
She cadge freedom

© 2016 Maria. All Rights Reserved.

In response to Shapeshifting 13 #53 KICKOFF: This week, in exactly 13 words, your challenge is to write a story or poem inspired by and using any form of the following word(s):


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