Sleep Angel Sleep

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Sleep Angel Sleep

Just rest, close your eyes
Get lost in the world of paradise
Cause today was tough
Kind of rough
Escape, get away from all this stuff

Sleep angel sleep
Let the beauty of slumber
Be all that you keep
Sleep angel escape
Sometimes from this world
We need to get away

Just float, on a bed of clouds
Feel security in what’s safe and sound
Cause life has no guarantees
We struggle
For freedom, for a chance to be

Sleep angel sleep
Let the beauty of slumber
Be all that you keep
Sleep angel escape
Sometimes from this world
We need to get away

We need to get away
From what only wants to prey
Angel fly away
So high, so nothing can bring you
Down to the ground

Sleep angel sleep
Let the beauty of slumber
Be all that you keep
Sleep angel escape
Sometimes from this world
We need to get away

© 2015 C.A. Barnes

***From The Beginning… Lyrical Poetry Collection, for sale on Writer’s Bounty (click here for more information and to purchase)

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Don’t Rush Time

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Don’t Rush Time

I used to strive to race the speed of light
I used to dare it every single night
When I was a child
Oh, when I was a child
I used to drive myself insane
Over the very little crazy things
I used to want this and that
Be there now in no time flat
But I always came up short
Always feeling like a failure
Feeling poor, now I know
Oh, you can’t rush time
Sometimes it’s better to walk
The structured and cultivated road
To live life

I used to compare myself
To others’ delights
Always wondering what I did wrong
And what they did right
Oh, what they did right
I used to drive myself insane
Over the very little crazy things
I used to want this and that
Be there now in no time flat
But I always came up short
Always feeling like a failure
Feeling poor, now I know
Oh, you can’t rush time
Sometimes it’s better to walk
The structured and cultivated road
To live life

Oh, oh, oh
To live life
To see all it has to offer
To learn to fall down
Knowing each time will only
Make me stronger
Don’t rush time
Stop to see the sunshine
Don’t rush life

I used to drive myself insane
Over the very little crazy things
I used to want this and that
Be there now in no time flat
But I always came up short
Always feeling like a failure
Feeling poor, now I know
Oh, you can’t rush time
Sometimes it’s better to walk
The structured and cultivated road
To live life

© 2015 C.A. Barnes

***From The Beginning… Lyrical Poetry Collection, for sale on Writer’s Bounty (click here for more information and to purchase)

New Year Update

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I want to wish everyone a happy new year (a month late, I know :)). I hope everything is going well and everyone’s new year goals are still running strong.

I want to post yet another update on how things have been for myself. As many may know, on my last update I mentioned how my posting would be sporadic as I focus on immediate things, such as finding employment. Luckily I now have employment for the winter, which I started in December. I may not have talked about this before, but most of my employment for the past 2.5 years have been seasonal. Since leaving school, I found little to no success securing permanent employment, at least permanent employment that can provide a living wage. But nevertheless, seasonal jobs have worked out for me and I will most likely stick with them.

With this said, this has also prompted me to consider self employment. Although my first joy is writing, I know in terms of making income with it, now is not the right time. So my focus has also been on my other creative pursuits. Slowly I am working on that and even though that is unrelated to writing, I will share with you what that is when it gets off the road.

Lastly, what does this mean for Writer’s Bounty and how it will be in 2016?

Sporadic, yet again. Between work and trying to establish self employment, I won’t be able to devote as much time writing. But as a writer knows, writing happens anytime when inspiration hits, so when that happens, I will be sure to share my newest work. However, I will continue to post more from my poetry book monthly and book reviews as they come to be. I will definitely not be completely away from the WordPress community and will be reading blog posts weekly.

Thank you always for being a reader and supporter of Writer’s Bounty. You give value to my words.

New Poetry Ebook!

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For those of you who are interested in purchasing my poetry book but prefer it as a ebook, I’m excited to say that I now have an ebook version available at Amazon.com!

More good news is the ebook is $2.99—much cheaper than the other versions.

The ebook features:

40 lyrical poems
Commentary on each poem at the beginning of each section
8 black and white photos
Interactive table of contents

Below is the link to view and purchase the book. For more information and to see the other versions available, check out the Books tab on this blog.

The Beginning… (Ebook Version)

I’m Not Afraid

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I’m Not Afraid

Force me into the night
Into the dark with all its terrors
It’s fright
I don’t mind
I’ve done this all before
Way back when I didn’t know nothing
When I was so unsure
I’m not afraid

Throw me into the heat
Into the fire that burns
Uncontrollably
I don’t mind
I’ve been here before
Way back when I thought I was brave
When I would open any door
I’m not afraid

Cast me in the sea
Into the roaring waves
Waiting to engulf me
I don’t mind
I’ve seen this before
And I’m sure, I’ll survive
I’m not afraid

No, I’m not afraid
And I will never ever be
Afraid again
Cause I’ve been spared
My love has been there
When I thought there was
No soul, no one anywhere
He was there
To save me
From the night
From the heat
From me.

© 2015 C.A.Barnes

Seraphine’s Escape CH.10

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Ten—Someone Cares

The fashion show was a success. Seraphine got a new job–runway model. She was getting several deals, making friends, and eventually moved to a nice bay house by the ocean. Her mother and siblings soon moved into a nice house next to her. Things were starting to get better.

Late one evening, Seraphine decided to eat out with a friend at a small cafe in the park. As she was throwing something in the trash, she saw a young man–he looked familiar.

“Hey sir, stop!” Seraphine said.

“What?” The young man said.

“Haven’t we met before?” Seraphine said.

“I don’t think so.” The young man said.

Seraphine paused.

The young man continued…

“Um, I have to go.”

“Do you work here?” Seraphine said.

“Yeah, I just started.” The young man said.

“Then maybe we will meet again.” Seraphine said.

“Yeah maybe, well, bye.” The young man said.

“Bye.” Seraphine said.

The young man walked off into the dark along a path of lamp posts.

Seraphine did not stop watching him until he disappeared thinking if he was real or just a dream.

~The End~

*To read the previous chapter, click here.

Seraphine’s Escape CH.9

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Nine—Result

Although it seemed like Seraphine had been gone for 2 days, she was actually in a coma for a month.

When she opened her eyes, she was by her friend Mike and mother Jane. She finally realized she was in a hospital and asked them what happened to her, because she couldn’t remember anything. They told her about the accident and how she was to be rewarded $50,000.00 for damages, time out of work, and pain and suffering. Seraphine couldn’t believe it!

That evening, she invited her mother and friend over for dinner. She told them about the Great Lily Forest, and all that happened while she was there.

“Oh mother, I didn’t want to leave. That place was perfect.” Seraphine said.

“Seraphine, but I’m glad you did. I would miss you.” Jane said.

“Yeah, we thought you were not going to make it.” Mike said.

Seraphine eventually reduced her working hours. With her injuries, it was difficult to work a full day. Soon the first signs of her luck–what Guardian Mari promised, started to show.

One day, while in a department store, she was approached by a posh elder woman.

“Excuse me miss, but I can’t help wondering…are you a model?” said the elder woman.

“Oh no! I’m not.” Seraphine said.

“I think it would be great, if you were included in my next month’s fashion show in New York.” said the elder woman.

“Really!” said Seraphine.

“Yes. Here is my contact information. Please, do not wait to call me.” said the elder woman.

“I won’t!” said Seraphine.

Seraphine could not believe it. If this modeling thing worked out for her, she could leave the waitressing job.

The next day, another sign appeared when she woke up and saw an object by her nightstand. It was the clock that prince Arthur had given her. Now she knew she was not dreaming. Now she knew there was such a place like the Great Lily Forest and she had really been there!

*To read the previous chapter, click here.