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Crawl Space


Craving sanctuary, peace.
Raging war in my mind.
Always noisy, shots fired.
Whispering voices, somewhere.
Laughing, mocking television.
Static hums from the unplugged.
Peeping out the blinds, darkness.
Anxiety's cold hands squeeze my throat.
Crawlspace is cluttered with time.
Even happiness hides in winter.  


La Douleur Exquise

La Douleur Exquise  –  {French}  literally means “the exquisite pain.”  It comes from a medical term which defines a pain that morphine cannot dull.  It’s meaning has become something used to describe that indescribable pain of being hurt by the one you love.   [Psychology Today

1. [French] The exquisite pain of theg someone you can never have but you know you will still try to be with them. It’s like drug effects… 

La Douleur Exquise 

Teetering on the edge of ‘us.’ 
Even with our dub highious start.
Proclaiming my love to only you.
Whispers of pleasure, longings
no other lover will hear.
Time spent laughing,
penetrates my thoughts.
Conversations replay in my mind.
It is madness.
Disturbing how you leave me
so unsure, so unclear.
Knowing what ‘we’ share
is magical.
How angry words spoken
didn’t tear me from you.
You are as much
a part of my life as air.
Wish I hadn’t already seen
how with no hesitation
you can turn, walk away
from me.
Saying there is no ‘we’, ‘us’,
is devastatingly harsh.
@donetta sifford 1-31-2013

{Author’s Note… This poem was written in 2013 so I seen a lot of revisions that should be made. I posted it here the way I discovered it a short while ago. 

Micro-Journaling & Call For Submissions

So, I read where a favorite journal of mine is taking submissions. (More on that later.) So, naturally I googled Micro Poetry, since that’s what they are accepting. Then I got sidetracked by Micro Journaling. 

So yes… Micro Journaling is a thing I discovered on Todd Brison’s page. He makes it fairly simple. 1st step: write the date. That’s it. It reminds you that you are alive. 2nd step: Make a list of 10. It can be a list of anything. You can pick a subject. Example: 10 reasons I love yoga. It can be a list of 10 things about anything. That’s it. 3rd step: Write down one thing you are grateful for.  4th step: Put your journal up and go live life! You can go to his page for a 31 day list of prompts if you need something to get you started. This is a new year. I didn’t make not 1 resolution. I think this may be my new year’s thing. Using his prompts for 31 days and see how that works out and how I feel. If I like it, great! I formed a habit. If I’m not digging it, well, I tried something different for 31 days.

Has anyone else tried micro journaling? If so, I’d love to hear how it went? Has anyone written micro poetry? Speaking of Gnarled Oak – an online literary journal is calling for submissions for their 15th publication and then they are taking a hiatus indefinitely. It makes me sad but it will make me sadder if I don’t submit. The deadline is January 26th 2018 for anyone interested… Just go to their page – Gnarled Oak.


My Poem published on Spillwords

My poem, Guilty, is published on Spillwords. 

Spillwords is a literary press that publishes online writing.  While there is no cash payment as of yet, there are still many benefits of being published with them. 

Their site attracts a lot of readers and once logged in, you can vote on poems or stories you like.  They run features on their page. Also you can save your favorites so you will have them.

Spillwords takes submissions, then the editors look at your work, help with the process, and if your work is published you are notified via email. 

You are given the link to your work and you can share it on social media, your blog, or wherever you like.  Spillwords helps your work reach as many people as possible.  Your piece is ran on their front page so readers can have a chance to see it. 

While Spillwords has a lot of users, I think the exposure is the payment.  It may not be for everyone and I was hesitant at first. It never hurts to check it out and I would love for you to read my poem published there. Thanks! 

PAYING/NO FEE Submission call + interview – Speculative City (NEW!), DEADLINE: Dec. 15, 2017

via PAYING/NO FEE Submission call + interview – Speculative City (NEW!), DEADLINE: Dec. 15, 2017


It is always wonderful to discover a new magazine that offers something different for readers as well as the contributors. Huge thanks to Trish Hopkinson for helping beginners and experienced writers find new platforms for their voices  to be heard.