Volume 4 Issue 1, April 2020

Laura Minning

. . . sunburst

birth
innocence
immaturity 
fear

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neglect
withdrawal
selfishness
timid in action
timid in reaction
timid in nature

sunburst

moralization
realization
physical growth
mental growth
emotional growth
spiritual growth

sunburst

stability
responsibility
commitment

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rebellion
denial
deceit
lies

sunburst

wisdom
truth
selflessness
expression
outreach
happiness
expectation

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recreation
experiences
memories

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exhaustion
aged
sleepiness
death

 

 

embracing   truth

I embrace the light within,
and allow it to consume me.

Darkness retreats in fear,
and I use my inner strength
to keep it away.

My life is my gift,
and my love for it
gives me joy.

Thus, the purity of serenity
can’t be far behind.

 

flight

 

Dreams
are meant to be fulfilled,
and dreams
are meant to be shard.

That’s what he thought.
That’s what he
always wanted.

He was so full of life.
His soul was free,
but his body
was weighted
with illness.

His heart grew heavy
with each passing day,
but he never gave up,
and he never lost sight
of his dreams.

I respected him for that.
I respected him
for who he was,
and I was grateful for
for the time
that we did have.

And every time
I think of him,
I will smile
because I know
that he
would have
wanted it that way.

 

 

the looking glass

 

In the midst of
the sultry summer sunshine,
I stare into the looking glass
at the days gone by.

I see a reflection of myself
and the person whom
I used to be.

I was so very shy,
and soft-spoken,
with an unquenchable thirst
for a better place in time.

Oh, how nervous I was
to speak my mind
or share my thoughts
with anyone.

But I’m not that person
anymore.

(I’m nothing like
that timid little girl
whom I left behind.)

And as I sit here staring
into my own two eyes,
I must assume
that the little girl
whom I knew so very long ago
has finished serving her place.
in time.

 

 

the moon

the moon
soulful synergy
intoxicating, exhilarating, observing
comforting my broken heart
lumination

 

 

 

About the Poet

Laura Minning began writing creatively at the tender age of nine. Her first poem was published by her Alma-matter in 1989, and her second received an Editor’s Choice Award by the National Library of Poetry in 1993. Laura’s work has been featured both in hard copy and on-line, via publications like “Literature Today,” “Amulet” and “Stanzaic Stylings”.
Laura received her first International Merritt of Poetry Award in 1995 and her second in 1998. Her outstanding achievements in poetry were internationally recognized again in 2005 by Poetry.com, bestowing the title of International Poet of the Year on to her.
Laura’s first collection of poetry, “dear diary” was published by Vantage Press in 2003. Laura’s artistic accomplishments have been equally impressive. She’s been creating and exhibiting abstract work since 2013. Her pieces have been displayed at venues like the Iowa Children’s Museum, the Trenton Free Public Library and Barcode. 
The Barcode exhibit, held in 2016, featured thirty-six pieces of Laura’s original abstract artwork.  In 2018, Laura produced a chapbook, entitled “fusion”, which featured photographic images of her artwork. As a person with legal blindness, Laura hopes to inspire other creative people with disabilities to never allow anything to hinder them from reaching for the stars and accomplishing their dreams.
For more information about Laura and her work, please feel free to log onto her web-site at https://brcartandpoetry.wordpress.com.

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