Stark white.


Not, as they say,
shades of gray, fog, mist,
nor flooded eyes or
trembling fist.


Just white.


Weary existence
in the barren, the nether,
no sun, no clouds,
no life, no weather.


Only white.


A single drop
of ink bleeding
black on the blank
page, joyful fleeting.




Words pour like desert
rainfall drenches,
quenching thirst
and filling trenches,
painting the landscape
one word at a time
in structure and rhythm,
description and rhyme.

Solitary recluse
in the magical mind,
a world from the white
for a writer to find
and share, perhaps?
This view to behold,
lives unfolding,
stories untold
with pen and with courage
and broad stroke, a door.
An invitation,
nothing more.
A hope to print
in permanence
before soul’s faded
at Reaper’s cold hand
to be nevermore.
But with each rejection
the parchment tore
little by little,
a little more.


The white.


Returns and encroaches
at every edge to erase
the contours of
this beautiful place.


Empty white.


Deleting words
to restore barren nether,
no sun, no clouds,
a severed tether.


Only white.



written 02.06.18

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I'm an award-winning fantasy author, artist, and photographer from La Porte, Indiana. My poetry, short fiction, and memoir works have been featured in various anthologies and journals since 2005, and several of my poems are available in the Indiana Poetry Archives. The first three novels in my Chronicles of Avilésor: War of the Realms series have received awards from Literary Titan.

After some time working as a freelance writer, I was shocked by how many website articles are actually written by paid "ghost writers" but published under the byline of a different author. It was a jolt seeing my articles presented as if they were written by a high-profile CEO or an industry expert with decades of experience. I'll be honest; it felt slimy and dishonest. I had none of the credentials readers assumed the author of the article actually had. Ghost writing is a perfectly legal, astonishingly common practice, and now, AI has entered the playing field to further muddy the waters. It's hard to trust who (or what) actually wrote the content you'll read online these days.

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