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The woman you promised

Ghosts.
Ghosts everywhere.
They hover on the autumn air,
surrounding me,
phantoms of my own
imagination.
That’s been happening a lot,
actually.
You’re not the woman you
promised me you’d be.
If I’m Autumn,
then you are Spring:
hope eternal, and allergies.
Promises to come, but nothing
substantial;
fade into Summer, a land of
broken glass
ground into pearls and beach sand,
and seasonal flings.
Promises for the future, but
nothing you intend to keep.
Ghosts.
All fleeting.
Fleeting means nothing to me.
You’re not the woman you promised
to be.

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Eating with the Fairies

I’m struggling to
understand
how to reach you
How do I make you care?
“You can’t make people love you”—
well, I don’t want
love.
Or maybe I do.
Maybe I want
more
than you’re able to give.
Certainly more than you’re giving to
her,
more than you gave to
him,
more than you give to
anyone
who asks for it.
But not the rest.
Not the ones who don’t
know
you’re after them, for
stories, or
experiences, or
anything you can
take. Bend. Horde away,
strip of all reality in
your mind.
I can’t actually tell you
anything.
You don’t actually
speak.
It’s all a game of
evasiveness,
leaving everyone else forever
chasing,
and you,
forever running away.
Maybe that’s why I want you.
Maybe that’s why I’m so angry.
It’s not real.
You’re just a fantasy.
And I have to stop eating
with fairies.

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Swans of Atlantis excerpt

To get you in the mood for some beachy summer reading, here’s an excerpt of Swans of Atlantis, due out this July:

Swans of Atlantis excerpt clmannarino

I’ve been saying

I’ve been saying
“I don’t need more friends”
for years.
Funny how,
now that I want them,
they all seem to have
drifted away.

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How much?

How much do you
want
this?
Enough to
keep
your day job?
Enough to
work
every time you have a free minute?
What are you willing to
give
up?
Because you’ll have to say no,
you know, and
not
just to the things you
don’t
like doing.
We all only get
24
hours in a day. So
what will you spend
your
day doing?
Are you willing to take a
class?
How about two?
Are you willing to
hear
the hard things
as well as the good? Are you willing to
change
if you have to? Or maybe even
give up
parts of your dream that
no longer work?
Do you know how to set goals,
standards,
for yourself? Are you willing to
save, and
save, and
save, knowing you may
never
get to leave your day job?
How hard are you willing to
work? How much do you
love
this thing you’re doing? Do you
love
it enough that it
doesn’t matter
how long it takes anyone else to appreciate it?
Is it enough that,
for a long time, the
only
person guaranteed to love it
is you?

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Give it patience

Give it patience
Holy joy
Prepare to be the author of your
Love,
A revelation,
An opportunity.
Be held
And encounter love
Weakness to victory,
Testimony to healing.
Walk with me.

 

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All rights reserved.