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Here is a poem from my upcoming collection, “Road Map of Our Soul.” I hope to have the collection released by the end of July or beginning of August….
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We are all souls…..living out our journey….. and we hold secrets to where we have been….and to where we are going…
 
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“SECRETS OF THE SOUL”
 
Beneath every soul are secrets…
Discovered and undiscovered…
…and a river, flowing with many life stories
That have been told,
Or are waiting to be told…
 
We are souls from every time and space,
A unit of energy in an expanded infinite universe
Created of galaxies and worlds…
Known to the unknown…
From the hands of the maker,
He who holds our heart…
 
…we all have a mission
Tied into our personal journey…
We’ve come so far,
But yet, have so far to go…
Searching within our hearts and trying to uncover
The secrets that we keep buried so far deep within our soul…
 
…sometimes, we question, just what is it,
That we are looking to find?
 
Perhaps, it could be simple,
That such answers are on just the tip of our tongue,
 
Or we must dig deeper, and widen our ears to listen…
As those answers could be heard between the
Beating of our hearts…
 
For our struggles and questions deem to be internal,
But our inquiring stories and sacred secrets continue to fester….
 
As beings, our souls are eternal,
Forever, floating in an eternity questionable existence.
 
– Ariana R Cherry 2018
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This poem is from a collection that I am beginning later this year titled, “Buried Alive,” – A collection of poems about a mind, buried in memories and psychological terror.
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SILENCED
…held by lock and key

Through the paths of her solemn journey,
She held her head low, stayed silent,
Careful not to outshine through the fog that would creep in.

Silent, she stayed,
For her mind spoke louder than any voice she had ever offered,
But to the world, she kept mute, careful not awaken the secrets buried within…

On stage, bountiful laughter would flow from her lips,
Chatter, imitating words she mechanically spoke
That would echo a soul she once knew…

Walking through the chaotic streets,
A smile mirrored a spirit that once was free,
But behind her eyes, lived a mysterious darkness, that was invisible to the world…
Locked inside, with lock and key…
Darkness- hiding behind a light… from a spirit that thrived to be set free.

Silent, she stayed, holding secrets that she only knew,
…ghostly memories that her heart, would forever, beat to.
…and yet, a spirit waited… clenching to a lock and key,
That would one day, set her free.

Ariana R Cherry 2018

 

 

I’ll be entering the Fine Arts Department at the art show at our local county fair this year. I am entering some photography that I did and an abstract acrylic painting. This is my first time entering a painting instead of a drawing…. and my first year I’ve taken the photography aspect a bit more seriously…. We will see how it goes!

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I was updating my schedule of events for my appearances for the rest of the year… If you’d like to catch me, my poetry or buy my books, there’s a few more places that I’ll be “on the road” this year…

1. Spook Show at the Cross County Mall: August 3 and 4th.
I’ll be at Spook Show Convention with fellow author J.W. Wright along with our books and some of my artwork. This will be our first appearance at this convention.

2. Candle Light Vigils for HOPE and DOVE: October
I will be presenting my program, “A Normal Kind Of Love” at the candle light vigils for HOPE and DOVE to speak on domestic violence. Dates, time and places to come soon.

3. Dark History and Horror Convention: November 9 and 10.
J.W. Wright and I will be at the Savoy Recreation Center for one of the most awesome conventions of the year!

You can also click on the link to see the information as well. Come see me sometime this year!

https://arianarcherry.wordpress.com/events/

 

I had some fun the other day in our local park photographing trees. Once I was finished, I took the color from the photos and added purples and blues – creating an entirely new tree that could be inside a fantasy world in a story book….

It is nice to know, we can take reality – and twist it into our own little fairy tale sometimes… We can take every day objects – and make it something magical. That is the beauty with photography  and art…

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I’ve had some weird things happen in the last few weeks…. Although, I can’t go into a lot of detail….but they are indeed things that have troubled me….And when I am kind of lost in my own thoughts, I retreat to my place of safety – and that is …art…or anything creative for that matter. Along with art, I lose myself in music….the two just mesh together.

….I feel like I have had to keep quiet to protect others…. But the incident troubles me and it has put a dent in the way that I trust others….especially men. (sorry guys)…

I have spent so much time trying to recover from at least a decade of a troublesome relationship…And I’ve come a long way…but for some reason – this event happened. And I am not sure why. I feel like it it another lesson I am supposed to learn … I haven’t quite figured out this part of my journey yet….

While I was not hurt physically, I was indeed scared and my guards were down. In this world, it is so hard to be a female. And it is not fair. What I am about to describe – I am sure happens to males too, but – I just feel like, there are guys who think they can just say or do whatever they want to women whenever they want….. And it is not right.

….I was approached by someone that I have known of for quite some time. And I did not see it coming. And I am so mad at myself for letting my guard down….for being trusting and for finally feeling safe….Apparently – I need to build those guards back up….

I was in a town, in a store, owned by this person I knew. He wanted to show me a piano that was in his store…. I agreed, unknowingly – to go see it. I never felt like there was a reason to be cautious… So, I went to go see it and I was playing a few notes on it, checking it out…. Unexpectedly, he comes behind me and starts to rub my shoulders…. And he asks me…”Will this make you play better?“…

I freeze….Trying to comprehend what is happening. I am scared. I am disappointed…I trusted this person! …. I quickly back off and start to ramble how the piano needs a sustain peddle and how it might sell better with a peddle… Then I ask him how his wife is doing (he is married!)…. The bell goes off on his door and he heads back to check for customers….I follow, ready to leave…. He tries to apologize, saying he is sorry he made me feel uncomfortable…. But then – he goes on to tell me how he has always thought I was cute.. and then says to me….. “I’ve always wanted to touch you.” ….. Thankfully people come into the store….I am flabbergasted….speechless and finally leave.

I have spoke about this situation with my therapist and a few close friends, but it still bothers me. I cannot tell many people …. it is a delicate situation where I do not want others to get hurt. And after-all – it is my word against his. There are no witnesses. Now, I am afraid to be alone with many other guys (especially older ones)… I am questioning people that I once trusted… their intentions…. I don’t want to have to do that. I shouldn’t have to not feel safe.

Not even hardly a week later, a situation came up in my place of work where I had to help a transient – and I am really worried about the impact it might have had in how I tried to help him…. Given I cannot go into much detail of this situation because of privacy reasons, but – I was really on edge the entire time the person who needed help was around and feared that such a situation could happen again….

…I’ve been keeping quiet about this and putting on a brave face- pretending nothing happened. I’ve even tried to forget about it… And I know it was just one small event – but it was one event where my judgement was clouded….

I do want to say a few things though … ANd I want guys (who are like him) out there to know   … You can’t just walk up to a woman and touch her! – without her permission – that is not right. It is very invasive…. It is wrong. And you cannot say inappropriate things to people. It is very disrespectful. Hold your tongue!

A female should not have to have walls up every where she goes…. It is not fair. And just because we don’t have a ring on our finger- does not make us available….

…and it is not fair..when things happen behind closed doors -and there are no other witnesses ….it is only your word against theirs….. I really do not want to have to learn the lesson…”You can not trust anybody.” …. I’d really like to know what lesson it was that I was supposed to learn here…..It still haunts me…. even a few weeks later.

 

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My new publishing company, “Cherry-House Press” has released its newest anthology, “The Fears of Us All.” We are so excited to release this wonderful new anthology filled with poetry and stories about the fears that our (30+) authors have….

When people can connect with each other on common ground – we can become closer to one another – and perhaps be more open – or even learn to love one another more…

When we share our fears, we can find that we aren’t quite alone as we feel… Our fears can connect us all…
 
Support our “Authors Dream Fund,” and purchase a copy of our very first anthology, “The Fears of Us All,” and open up your hearts and be connected…Our Authors Dream Fund will help us to make new authors dreams come true by helping them get their start in the publishing world… We know what it is like to be the “little guys, ” as new authors and how competitive it can be when you are an author… We hope to raise money for the “Authors Dream Fund,” through the sales of our anthologies. Cherry House Press wants our authors to be able to share their stories and inspire others around the world.
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