The Mystic Blue Review

I recently had the pleasure of The Mystic Blue Review publishing 4 of my poems for Issue 5.  I was estatic of course.

You can click on the link above to be taken to their home page and from there, their magazine is free to download. My poems begin on page 85 although I highly recommend reading the entire journal.

My poems are:. Unhinged,  Memory’s Cliche, Twelve Steps Ahead, and Dear Josie.

Thanks for stopping by!




33 PAYING/NO FEE Submission calls in Sept. 2018 + more from Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity

Trish Hopkinson has been my go-to blog to learn about lit magizines that are taking submissions, read up on magizines that pay for poetry, grasp an understanding of what each journal is about, get a take on what the editor wants to see submitted, and read Trish’s amazing poems that have been published. Her knowledge and help are greatly appreciated by me and I’m sure many others feel the same. Anyone wanting to learn which journals are accepting submissions, which ones will pay, and get valuable knowledge about publishing, then you definitely need to check out her blog. Thank you lady!

Trish Hopkinson

Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity is the blog and writing resource site by writer Erica Verrillo. Her site is loaded with great articles for writers and the writing life, including listings of publishers, agents, where to get reviews, submission calls, free contests, writing conferences and more.

This list of 33 paying submission calls includes several for poets and are listed in order of their deadlines, from Sept 1 – Sept 30, 2018. For more paying markets you can find Verillo’s complete list, organized by genre and subject matter here: Paying Markets.

Click here to read the complete list of 33 paying calls.

Erica Verrillo has written seven books and published five. She doesn’t know why anyone with an ounce of self-preservation would ever want to publish. But, if you insist on selling your soul to the devil, learn how to do it right: marketing, literary agents, book…

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Poem for The Sunday Whirl

It’s been awhile since I have written in my blog.  Mostly due to doing everything from my cellphone instead of my laptop. Here is my take for the The Sunday Whirl. Maybe this will be the week to pick back up on my writing.




Losing you is still too fresh

to work through all my grief.

My eyes sting with tears

I cannot shed, shock I suppose.

Trying to gather my thoughts

so I can remember your smile

long after mine has faded away.

It’s almost like betrayal

to live my life in peace.

The autumn chill is setting in.

Wish I could fly South for winter

and never look back on Spring.

Train whistle blows in the distance.

I touch up my make-up for no one.

Beside a tree trunk, I pause,

waiting for my mind to remember

how to inhale and exhale.

Breathing has become tricky

these days with you gone.



@Donetta Sifford 9-2-2018


Erasing a Tattoo Mistake

Tattoos are less permanent than they used to be. Advances in laser technology, lightening ointments, and cover-ups have allowed people who made bad decisions about tattoos to remove them or change them. The philosopher in me goes back and forth about whether this shift in what was once considered to be a vital characteristic of the tattoo–it’s lasting power–is a positive development in the history of tattooing. I got my early tattoos deeply believing they would be there forever. Although some of them I would not choose today, I am at peace with all of them, even those that have not aged well or that no longer reflect my personality. Except for one. One of my tattoos I have come to hate. I no longer want it on my body. It currently looks like this:

This is not an out-of-focus picture!

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A Published Poem


This is the link to my poem “Barefeet and Thorns” that was published today on Ink & Voices.  I was very excited at the response time I received and the way my poem was lay out.  Any feedback is appreciated.