Something mysterious…
almost haunting
lingers within…
Heavy atmosphere,
and unknown energies dance
around her soul’s outer-edges…
A force, tugs at her aching heart through each sunrise
and follows after the late afternoon sunset,
and then again, as the moon rises to the night sky
to join the band of astrological constellations and stars.
Something silently lingers.
For it is present…
with no name,
but a driven force, that grows closer each day…
She is not alone.
An invisible presence follows her every waking move…
The blowing seasonal wind quietly whispers her given name,
but with a quick glance…
there is no gentleman or dame.
Her beating frightened heart, fills with varied emotions,
and tugs heavy on her curious soul…
For someone is constantly seeking…
There is a persistent goal.
But why do they call her name?
For her daily footsteps are followed,
and recorded, etched in the invisible air…
and whispers echo, passing through the
long strands of her hair…
The uninvited, hover above…
as she surrounds herself in nothing but
an overwhelming bounty of love…
Uninvited guests they are…
Yet persistent – here they stay.
No definite answers come to mind.
Although her spirit is unsure of what there is to find.
Echoes of their historical past, arise every day,
She calmly bows her head…
sending forth her wondering questions
as she feverishly prays…
And in response,
The wind blows ever so sweetly,
dancing throughout the cool air…
But why do they call her by name?
Ariana R Cherry 2018



Bleak black darkness…
is said to be the absence of that precious light…
yet… it is also the absence of so much more –
Even our own faith.

The light within is part of our eternal soul,
in which we love, and experience warmth and joy…

Faith is the light, that shines outward…
The light – that you see which shines within our eyes,
and radiates from our innocent heart.
It is the fuel that energizes our spirit.

Within this incredible journey, which we call life,
there are obstacles that block those intricate twists and turns.
Some of them are quite foreboding…
and then there are others – that are easy to trod.

And when a half moon sends a shadow,
blocking the twinkle of the brightest stars,
our spirit can tumble down a black hole,
that swallows our beating hearts,
making it difficult to breathe life…

For the light within, fades…. and steps stumble,
tripping on the daunting journey…
A clear path can be hard to see…
and that evil mysterious darkness – hides our precious key.

For we fight through the blinding fog,
and all the precious matter sends energy
rushing through our brittle bones,
Searching for warmth and trying to create hope –
One way, for our soul to thrive.
So the spirit fights to be free…and stay alive…

Light overcomes…
Love rules.
And love wins.

“The light shines in the darkness.
And the darkness has not overcome it.”

– Ariana R Cherry 2018


New publishing company, Cherry-House Press taking submissions

A new local publishing company, Cherry-House Press, is seeking both new and seasoned authors. Author, Ariana R Cherry (“Only If,” & “Between Light and Darkness”) of Arthur is the founder of the new publishing house. Her other team-member, author J.W. Wright (“Bestial Transformation and Other Horrors”) is the press’s proofreader and reviewer.

Cherry founded the press to give independent authors a voice in the publishing world. She has always had a dream of starting her own publishing company and has been publishing her own work since 2004. Cherry realizes the difficulty of being an independent author and how intimidating it can be when submitting writing to the very competitive world of publishing.

Cherry-House Press is seeking collections of poetry, novellas and novels. They are publishing genres of poetry, fantasy, science fiction and horror. Along with seeking authors to publish, Cherry-House Press is also taking submissions for their first anthology, “The Fears of Us All.” They are seeking submissions of short stories and poetry. Writers who are interested in submitting work may submit stories that are up to 10 pages or up to three poems that deal with either psychical or mental fears. Submissions for the anthology will be taken through March 30 and may be emailed to cherryhousepress@gmail.com. All other submissions for novellas, poetry and novels are taken all year long.

You can visit Cherry-House Press on the internet at: https://cherryhousepress.wordpress.com/ and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/CherryHousePress/ . If you have any questions, you can email Ariana at arianathepoet@gmail.com or call her at 217-246-1966.


Local author, Ariana R Cherry will be speaking at the first annual Art in Equality Convention on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Savoy Recreation Center in Savoy, Illinois. It is a convention and film festival focusing on Equality for all: LGBTQ, all races, all religions, all sexes. “We are ALL human, let’s stop the hate. We will provide an environment that welcomes everyone with open minds and open heartsWe will embrace knowledge, love and understanding.

The Art in Equality Convention will bring knowledge, love and understanding by showcasing special guest speakers, vendors and films from independent filmmakers. Other special guests include actor and former pro-wrestler, Bishop Stevens and Philo Barnhart – creator of Disney’s, “Ariel.”

Cherry will be giving a presentation titled, “A Normal Kind of Love,” which is performance art with both poetry and story-telling. She will be telling a true story about domestic abuse and her journey from darkness back into the light. Cherry will be presenting at 10:00 am that day.

Cherry is also the author of her epic poetic tale, “Only If,” and her most recent collection of poems, “Between Light and Darkness.” You can visit her website online at https://arianarcherry.wordpress.com or follow her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ArianathePoet/


His Choice

It stood on the corner of its high rock cliff,
pearing down at an aching world below….

He saw a world of havoc, pain and confusion…
Love was lost in between the waves of dense fog
that hung heavy in the polluted air….

Standing on the corner,
Watching, waiting,
It folded his hands, gathering wisdom,
lost in its thoughts,
as he feathered out his angelic wings,
waiting for a descision to take flight.

Would the people understand…?
…Would they gather around and take note,
of this hurting land?
Or were they blind to all of the obscenities that
sinked this failing world’s boat?

… Will he make this choice,
to fall to his fate,
to recall his human form…
In hope, that one day, love could once again win
from the war of unending hate….

…He watched.
He thoughtfully waited….

A world in so much despair,
But this angel loved so much and had so much compassion-
It was hard not to care…

Pearing down at this world,
Waiting for its chance to be reborn….

He folded his unfurled wings, said a prayer,
stepped off his claimed cliff,
and fell,
to save a world from sin.

Ariana R. Cherry 2018


A summary of our life’s story

All rehashed on a small slip

Of paper…

Perhaps a photograph, inspiring poem, quote or verse…

that represents a quick thought of who we once were.

…that little slip of paper, that gets

Handed out, on the day, our body

returns to dust on our journey out

the door…

Too small to list our triumphs or hardships,

And unable to let us record the echoes of our laughter or the collected tears through the years…

That little slip of paper…

Perhaps it is filed away, crumpled into a pants or coat pocket or even blown away in the wind, for a stranger to find…

We can only hope our memories, treasures and love are

tucked away in our loved ones hearts and minds…

….what will be our last thoughts?…

Last words…on that little slip of paper?

Seems like such a small space for the large life we led…

…and seems so sad, if that’s all that’s left of us…once we’ve gone…

…a little pamphlet of our life,

Our last goodbye…

…it’s our passing to you, as our soul dances away, in the wind.

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