Don't Break Your Heart

The following is something I wrote quite a long time ago. So, this isn't a very new poem, but as I was editing my upcoming book, All Things Lit Like Fireflies, this one just jumped off the page and tore at my heart. I think that it's fitting to share at the moment, since it kind of echoes the latest "theme" I've talked about on my Facebook Page (regarding trust, phantoms and doubts.) It isn't the reflection of my recent train of thought on my FB Page, nevertheless, it does echo that same whisper. I hope you enjoy it, try not to cry!

Dont Break Your Heart

Let the sparks fade
Let the flame dim and die
Allow the once-bitten apple to fall
From your hand

Let the firecracker fizzle
Let the colours disappear
Allow the dream
To slip through your fingers

It was once
Colourful and bright
It was once
Lofty and palatial

For such a long time
It was what you held onto
Whispered in your dreams at night
You fought for it

But it’s not yours
It never was
The dream you couldn’t touch
You couldn’t hear, you couldn’t taste

You painted it in the
Colouring book of your mind
You decorated it with the
Holly of your wishes

But what if it never
Even was a dream?
What if it was
A nightmare?

You don’t know the poison
You haven’t tasted
You don’t know the thorn
Which hasn’t pricked you

So let go
Watch them go away
Let them fly away
On fragile wings

So let go
Bleed some tears
But then stop
Don’t break your heart

Don’t break your heart

Copyright © 2013 "All Things Lit Like Fireflies" C. JoyBell C. All rights reserved.

Hello Wonderfuls!

Hello Wonderfuls!

How are all of you today?

I'd like to announce that I am, at the moment, looking for a cover photo for my next book, which is a pseudo-sequel to my previous and most recent book of poetry All Things Dance Like Dragonflies. The upcoming book is called All Things Lit Like Fireflies, and, like the other one, will be illustrated by me. This book is a little more special though, because I will be superimposing my signature somewhere in the manuscript, so that means that all copies of the book will come "signed" by me! It's an idea I got from a very persistent wonderful on my Facebook Page (who really, really wants to have his copies of my books autographed!) I know it's not the same thing as having the book autographed in person, but, it does come close! So, All Things Lit Like Fireflies will have that little extra personal touch.

At this point, the manuscript is finalized, the interior design of it almost completed, and I am on the hunt for a photo to use on the book's front cover. As always, I invite all eager photographers to send in a photo which would resonate the title of the book. Preferably, a picture of a jar of fireflies captured glowing in the night, or so on and so forth. Fireflies landing upon everything and flying around, are other examples. It's a good form of exposure for yourself and good to put as work experience on your LinkedIn account! ;-) As usual, you would receive full credit in the book and also online. Usually, it doesn't work when I announce that I'm looking for a book cover and I always end up finding one by searching myself, however, I hope that some of you who have already been following me for a long time, would be interested. If not, then I will simply go on my own search for the perfect photo and hopefully find it.

In other news, I am also looking for a good copyeditor for my 67, 454- word novel. If you have all the credentials and experience, please email me with your quote for this length of manuscript.

A viaxe continĂșa!

— C. Bells



I can get pricked
Too much
If a thorn goes deep enough
It can push me back
Into somewhere
Where I begin to forget
Things begin to fade
I begin to renew myself
But sometimes I want it to stop
So I can remember
Because there’s not just bad
There’s good too
But the pain
The prick
It forces me to forget
And I stop believing

The only one who
Can make me remember again
Is the one in my dreams at night
So I look for him
Over and over again
I look for him
I want him to say my name
And never
Ever leave me

Copyright 2013 C. JoyBell C. All rights reserved.

A pleasant surprise...

A pleasant surprise for today: I visited my Facebook writer page timeline and saw the following message, from Lynda Herbert Parrott:

"Your writing talents are amazing! For me, it is like surfing an 'ambidextrous' brain wave. Very rare... the left brain is writing rationally, logically... very planned and structured, while at the same time the right brain is writing intuitively... very fluid, spontaneous, artistic... always imaginative and a bit elusive... The results... A wild, fun ride, and one that also makes you think... and ponder the larger, more serious questions of life... "

I'm very thankful for this feedback because it not only allows me to see my work in a better light, but it also allows me to see my work from the perspective of a very observant and intuitive reader. I hope that  everyone else will feel free to tell of their experiences with my books and my other various writings and just as a reminder, please don't hesitate to write reviews on Amazon/Barnes & Noble/ Goodreads/ anywhere! I truly appreciate it! I also enjoy receiving reader-submitted photos (pictures of you with my books/ pictures of my books on your shelf, etc.) and I have a photo album on my FB page dedicated to such images so never hesitate to send them in (you can always tweet them or email them.)

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