April Poem-A-Day 22

Image by Naked in the Rain
Image by Naked in the Rain

A sheet of paper
tightly-scribbled with notes;
All over it
is music
until the moment
you use it to kindle your fire.

©2014, soulmary

Down for Cocktails

Thinking while standing in the non-smoking “compartment” of a hard-smoking cocktail bar… I came into the “Down for Cocktails” piece. Later, I found a nice piece of art to go with it.

Image: suicidebysafetypin
Image: suicidebysafetypin

The first signs of novelty
and fresh coming
just bumped into me,
unawares of my presence,
surprised there’s something
in their path – a living thing
or else…

The first signs of delivery
crazily hopped in their
straight jackets,
hoping they have found
their new existence
after the decay of injuries
and stuff…

Decay followed all bursts of laughter
believing they will die
first thing in the morning.

© 2014, soul mary

Featured image: same artist


Here are some casual pieces I have written while waiting for ballet lessons to end.

Is this my loneliness
Or your business
That keeps my face so wet?

So desperate in my expectation
I stay on
Simply breathing

It is easy –
No effort, no mind is required.
Pure physiology.

Purity can be terrifying
When turned to single aim.

Purity should be no purpose.

© 2013 soulmary

Spring – American haiku

Haiku heights #108 – Spring

the sun sprang
from behind the dark
light is on

© 2012 Mariya Koleva

Image from: The Desktop Fun

The pale face of the Moon

My brilliant poetic friend Miskmask wrote a brilliant small stone for today, 6th January. Here is my response:

I love the moon and its pale face
The risk of sun exposure
could put her skin to waste.

©2012 Mariya Koleva

The Best Ever…

Here is a forgotten poem I wrote for November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge, Day 20, I think. The prompt was to write a “the best ever [blank]”


My best ever night
Was a dawning disorder
Of all wasted nights
I had spent in the corner
                        of dreams,
Dreamt by somebody else
While the excess of thrills
Was beginning to spill
Into my own
                       best ever night.

© 2011 Mariya Koleva

New New Year’s Resolutions

Last year, I used Adi’s blog to make my NYR. Let me account for the results:

I wanted to take part in NaNoWriMo again. This one was a great success! Not only did I participate and won, despite of all the trouble I was into, what with me travelling and being off from my laptop, but I also FINISHED my novel. Yes, believe it or not, I completed it and put down the coveted THE END at the bottom of it, centered, all caps 🙂 Oh, and even though it’s still unedited, I published it. On Smashwords. It’s still free. 😉 Once I finish the edit, it won’t be free anymore. As of now it has a lot of emptiness, especially in the beginning, while I was still honing my pen 😀 The artist is still working on the cover art, so the picture you will see is about to be replaced by the real one.

I also planned to take part in Nov PAD Challenge. This one was a partial success. My travelling and study schedule allowed for only one big event in November, and I made that NaNo. Anyway, I poemed steadily somewhere till Day 18, and then faltered a bit. I believe I miss around 5-7 poems.

My other resolution was taking part in NaPoWriMo, Apr PAD, or 30Poems30Days, which is just like November Poem-A-Day, only done in April. Uh, it was a failure. I started very strong again, having a lot of inspiration and sweet memories from November PAD. Sometime around Day 8 I faltered and could not get back in line for about a fortnight. Apart from having a tough time at work (which is not an excuse, as a poem could be a couple of lines and as such should not take that much time to write), I think my greatest mistake was that I tried to follow many prompt sites that cooperated in the NaPoWriMo. Having so many prompts to choose from, one has a hard time. While in November I only had the Poetic Asides, whether I like the prompts or not. Next April I will choose one site and go for its prompts only.

My other project was to complete my first NaNoWriMo novel. Well, not really a success. It still needs a lot of work. I actually think I will start editing the text, for I need to make major changes in it, and then I will move on to finishing the story. It’s not like I have no idea what to do. I even thought out the ending.

Well, now to the complete failures: translation projects. I had many. One of them was translation of a paranormal fantasy book a blogging friend of mine wrote a couple of years ago, which I started just after she posted it on her blog. Unfortunately, I never made it past Chapter II.

The other project was translation of short stories. Uhm, I have completed all the translations which I have started, in fact. Some of them still need editing and there are some that still need to be typed in, for they were hand-written. As for new translations, I don’t see it in the future.

So. My major mistake in NYR was that I made for unfinished work from previous years, while I should have left some space for new things to to.

What I managed to do, although it was not on my list, is the Sombre Chapbook. It’s ready, complete, edited, beautiful and is also on Smashwords. Well, it has been approved for other sellers, as well. So, Apple and the rest will start selling it soon. 

Next year

1. I will edit and complete Orange.

2. I will make one more Chapbook. Maybe it will be a Lover’s Chapbook and out for St. Valentine…

3. I will publish my works in more sites.

4. I will again take part in NaPoWriMo. Hopefully, to a better success.

5. November PAD – same,

6. and NaNoWriMo. I am thinking of writing a book for children. Yet, I still have ideas around the Lemonpie sisters. We’ll see.

7. I will continue doing sports

so… what else? Learning to cook or improving in something… I don’t know. I think I’m pretty satisfied with what I do and how I do it. I can only wish I have the good luck to be fit and able to continue doing it.

What are your New Year Resolutions?

Nov PAD, Day 3 – Sort of…

November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge, 2011 – Day 3: Sort of …

Sort of stupid
To let that boy Cupid
Lead you by the nose
To a paper reading “Diagnose”.

Sort of ironic
To see your iconic
Hero end up in a mess
While you look up to him
To take you to progress.

Sort of unexpected
We never hoped
To be here so long
So we finished all supplies
And it sort of feels like home.

© 2011 Mariya Koleva

Epigraph Poem – Nov PAD, Day 2

November PAD Chapbook Challenge 2011, Day 2 – epigraph poem



            “We all might get killed, or even worse – expelled.” (Hermione Granger)

            is facing Miss Granger.
Believe it or not,
She’s the constant victim of a vicious plot.
To ensnare her into breaking the rules
And thus, get her kicked out of the school.

While the target of the plotter
Is really Mr. Potter.

© 2011 Mariya Koleva

Procrastination Poem – Nov PAD, Day 1

November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge, Day 1 – Procrastination poem


I’ll get to this first time tomorrow.

As soon as I wake up and brush my teeth,

As soon as I put on my cream and spray my perfume,

As soon as I succeed

to get it over with

and then

get over you.


© 2011 Mariya Koleva