A Heart’s Desire. First Look


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Seven days before the release, here is your first look at “A Heart’s Desire”

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From her very early years, Evelyn knew whom she wanted to be when she grew up. She was a child of a school principal father, who taught her responsibility and discipline, and a romance novelist mother, who instilled in her the desire for true love. Her books inspired Evelyn to dream of the world in colours as seen by those with love nestled in their souls.

By the age of fifteen, she had developed a clear idea of the manner in which she would like to meet her one and only. It will be the evening after a chilly torrential rain, Evelyn wrote in her diary. A sudden quickening pulse will break my reverie. I will run outside, following the thrill of anticipation. As I breathe in the petrichor, out of the corner of my eye, I will catch a glimpse of an enigmatic figure approaching me out of the twilight. From this single glance, my heart will melt like an ice-cream cone on a hot summer day, and then I will know he is the one. But that wasn’t enough. As much as Evelyn was enchanted by the concept of true love, she remained her father’s daughter. Planning ahead grew to be a part of her nature, and Evelyn resolved to learn the exact time and date of the meeting with the love of her life.

Fortunately, there was a place that could teach her the art of seeing into the future. It bore the name of the Intergalactic Institute of Excellence. Located on Prometheus, in the Scholarium system of the Andromeda galaxy, some 2.5 million light years away from Earth, the Institute was not only the most exquisite piece of architectural thought in the whole universe but also the ultimate destination for those who wished to learn a thing or two beyond the knowledge of earthlings. The IIE was an educational paradise for anyone who was lucky enough to get in.

Evelyn applied for the Starlit Reading course and subsequently became one of those lucky few, to the bitter disappointment of both her parents. They called Evelyn’s choice irresponsible, even her mother, who urged Evelyn to accept a place at the local college. Their words stung, and yet the pain was what made her even more determined to go.

Things packed, she took a bus to the airport. At the tickets counter, there was just a single passenger in the line, a three-handed alien woman, complaining about a mix-up in her booking.

‘What about if I allow you to travel to Prometheus free of charge?’ the agent suggested. He had a soothing voice, but Evelyn couldn’t see his face from behind the woman’s wild gesticulation.

‘Oh! Thank you so much, kind human. You truly are a gift from God.’

It was Evelyn’s turn, when her phone buzzed. She greeted the agent, but her gaze was focused on the phone screen. “Do not come back,” was all the message said. The words shot through her like a blizzard. Evelyn shivered and blinked the tears from her eyes.

“A Heart’s Desire” available on July 31. 

Pre-order at iBooks Store, Kobo, Barnes&Noble.

Get it on Smashwords on July 31.

Trust me, I’m going to be fine – The Quote and a Bonus Poem Challenge. Day 3


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Trust me,

I’m going to be fine

Without the shade

That brings another lie.

Those toxic accusations,

You made them up, but I forgive.

You slashed my skin,

Yet it is you I will outlive.

“Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge”

– William Shakespeare 

My nominees for Day 3 are:

The Voiceless Heart

The Chaser of Dreams

A Standard Issued Life

The rules for this challenge are:

1. Each day for three consecutive days post a quote (any quote – you can even come up with your own) and a poem to accompany it.

2. On each day nominate 3 bloggers for the challenge.

3. Don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you 🙂

Daydream – The Quote and a Bonus Poem Challenge. Day 2


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In my daydream, I have found

The universe, liberating my words,

Making me bounce on my toes,

Freeing the spark like a bird,

Riding the tidal wave of absurd,

Escaping mistakes of the past –

Evolving into my real self at last.

“Logic will get you from A to Z. Imagination will get you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein 

Breaking the rules here a bit, but I am very busy these days. Still, Day 2 poem is here 🙂

My nominees for Day 2 are:

Dean J. Baker

Dharmesh Joshi

The Spirit of Poetry

The rules for this challenge are:

1. Each day for three consecutive days post a quote (any quote – you can even come up with your own) and a poem to accompany it.

2. On each day nominate 3 bloggers for the challenge.

3. Don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you 🙂

How will I know? – The Quote and a Bonus Poem Challenge. Day 1


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The world is so big,

And how will I know

When I find that special

Match for my soul?

Is it your smile

Or the sound of your voice,

Your distinct cheekbones

That’ll leave me no choice?

How will I know

You’re not a mistake –

Are you a vision,

Or am I awake?

If we’ve met before,

You can meet me again,

Gravitate back towards me

And tell me your name.

In your embrace

We’ll exist out of time,

Together forever –

I am yours

And you’re mine.

I will find you. In the farthest corner, I will find you.

– Mary E. Pearson, The Kiss of Deception


I’d like to thank absolutely brilliant and inspiring Soraya Bakhbakhi for nominating me for this challenge. She truly is a gifted poet and just a wonderful person 🙂

My nominees for Day One are:


Wordly Empire


The rules for this challenge are:

1. Each day for three consecutive days post a quote (any quote – you can even come up with your own) and a poem to accompany it.

2. On each day nominate 3 bloggers for the challenge.

3. Don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you 🙂

The Sunshine Blogger Award




I have never been nominated before! I owe this honour to a wonderful Annie from Gentle Kindness Blog. Thank you, Annie! Your nomination means that I am doing something right 🙂

Annie’s Question:


It’s not easy to choose, nonetheless, here is my top five: Adventure, Belief, Imagination, Love and Integrity

The others, not any less important, are Kindness, Compassion, Politeness, Wisdom, Nobleness, Generosity.

My nominees are:

The Voiceless Heart



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My question for the nominees:

Describe yourself without using your name. Who are you deep down in your heart and soul?

The rules I copied from the Transcend Blog

1) Thank the person who nominated you.

2) Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.

3) Nominate some other bloggers for this award.

4) Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.

5) Notify the bloggers you have nominated.




A Heart’s Desire


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Evelyn wishes to know the exact time and date of meeting with the love of her life. Her heart’s desire takes her millions of light years away from home, when a deadly virus starts spreading across the universe, freezing the hearts that are yet to find true love…

Hello, my fellow bloggers!

I am very excited to announce…drumroll please… my very first self-published ebook!


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‘A Heart’s Desire’ is a romance/fantasy short story with sci-fi elements. Available on July 31.

This is just something I’ve always wanted to try, something I can now cross off my bucket list… something a bit different from poetry, which is what this blog is mostly about.

I am beyond grateful for all the attention you’ve given to my blog, for all your likes and the words of encouragement and appreciation. I met amazing, talented people here, and it is a great honour for me to know you.

I hope you can find time to check it out. Your opinion matters to me immensely. You provide me with so much needed creative fuel and energy to keep going on. ‘A Heart’s Desire‘ is yet another example of that.

The picture above will take you to Smashwords, where you can read a free sample and, if you like it, you will be able to get a copy on July 31 upon its release. HH69W is your coupon code to get it for free.

I highly rely on your time and opinion. You could help me a lot by spreading the word to your family, friends and through your blogs to the wordpress-sphere.

‘A Heart’s Desire’ is also available in iBooks store as a pre-order

I only mention it because, to an aspiring writer, making even a tiny bit of profit is practically an unattainable dream. Yet again, you can get it for free on Smashwords.

Finally… if you made it to the end of this post, you’re my hero 🙂

Best wishes and lots of love,



Can’t deal with the problem


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Can’t deal with the problem,

Kicking and screaming,

Fingers clutched tightly,

I am pacing the floor.

Hating is bad,

And bad is what’s killing,

Draining the good

And painting in gore.

Dishonest, skilled cheaters,

They sprint the distance

From one hearth to hostel

And back for some more.

Anger is bad,

And bad is what’s willing

To turn dark the blameless

And start futile wars.

Part of their nature

Is playing the victim,

Pretending to grieve

While hiding a gun.

Rancour is bad,

And bad is what’s drilling

Through light-hearted laughter,

Destroying its core.

I hear screams in the night, and I wake up


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I hear screams in the night, and I wake up –

It wasn’t a dream, so I crawl

To the light strip that comes from the kitchen;

I’m afraid, but I have to go on.

I don’t want to see but I am staring,

And it is hurting my soul like a knife,

Piercing through me, and I am forever

Feeling nothing, forever, I’m gone.

If it weren’t a sin, would I stand up?

And raise my hand higher than sun

To bruise you, and cut you, and make you

Feel the guilt for the things that you’ve done.

I am broken, but I am burning,

I will find an alternative way.

It is not my burden to carry,

Time is ruthless, you’ll feel it one day.



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Somewhere, sometime on this planet,

Through mist and the midnight blue sun

At the end of one chapter, effulgent,

Lighting day will return that someone.

Crepuscular shadows are lurching,

Lulled by his adventurous gaze,

In retrospection no longer indulging,

She will greet tomorrow’s embrace.

She moves steadily, clad in new mettle

And engulfed in the splendour of life,

He is there, and together they’re walking

Past delirium and purposeless strife.