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An April Visual Offering


"BEST ENTRIES" chosen in a recent April Monthly Visual Arts/Poetry Prompt Challenge, the poetry of DANNY BEST and SHWETA SAHAI.


Yet another setback to have to deal with, after several others already. Life can seem so very frustrating and so completely unfair. If only I had someone to help me I thought, someone to direct me as I'd so often prayed for. Someone to guide me so I'd get everything right the first time. It would really make my life so much easier and help to encourage me to keep trying even harder "if only" (I'd kept whispering to myself) while nuzzling my sleepy head down into my pillow.


I stumbled upon my Guardian Angel last night she was veiled in the faint golden shadows of a dancing quavering candlelight and I could hear her whispering softly everything will be alright sleep tight...sleep tight everything will be alright then I beheld a bright wide sweeping flash blinked hard and watched her calmly take flight yeah I had stumbled upon my Guardian Angel last night and everything is alright...everything is alright. © DANNY BEST (Sandman the Dreamer)


"A WOMAN, AN ANGEL" (Using the literary device of Anadiplosis)

A woman, born a human Humans changed the human Changed her into an angel An angel carved in stone. The stone was very beautiful Beautiful to touch and see She could not see what happened What happened to the human. The human became a woman The woman became a stone A stone angel in life A stone which was born a human A human changed to woman. © SHWETA SAHAI

The first image in the slideshow is a Paintography overlay by Carl Scharwath, who gave ILA Magazine permission to use in April's monthly visual/poetry prompt challenge and offered by our Facebook Group. The overlay consists of three images: one painting and two photographs. Carl's model is poet Lorna Datario from Hong Kong. Their recent collaboration was published (along with two other works of art) in Spirit Fire Review. The second image is of Poet Danny Best and his unique style of "colorful" writing of his Short Story-to-Poem: "Have Faith" and "Guardian Angel"

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