Saturday, 8 June 2013



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#ASMSGPoetry THE FLAME THAT BURNS (this image moves)

Candle lit with a warmth and desire
Setting hearts afire
The heat of night
The heat of day
It burns eternal
Endless, ceaseless and timeless
A light in the dark when all seems so lost
A light in the dark to dance to
Writhing, twisting and turning
An invisible tune jingling and jangling
Heady, spicy and giddy
Scents from the candlelight
Lifting the spirits, feelings
Emotions, passions
To their highest peaks
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
19th April 2013

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This life is as good as it gets
The peacefulness
The restfulness
The hopefulness
The forgetting the forgiving
From all the past tense
The sea flows
Wherever you go
The sun rises in the East
And settles to the West
Rays of hope where there was once hopelessness
Giving us such courage,
To deter the discouragement
So here I stand hands together in silent prayer
That this new land that I stand upon
Will hold such optimism, promised
Expectations, encouragements
Life will always be as good as it gets
With the promises of today, tomorrow
And all the years
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
8th June 2013

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Thursday, 6 June 2013


Your world up there with the heavens
The blue, blue skies
The clouds floating, sailing, drifting regally
Across the ragged, ragged mountain tops
Effortlessly you soar
Painlessly, easily you are kings and queens of the skies
Flying with the flowing rivers, streams and oceans
Near and far, your terrain, your territory
High and low, your eyesight catches the prey
You hover, wings spread out wide
Silently, quietly
Noiselessly, soundlessly
Then with one swoop and your prey is done
Caught between those honed and toned
Talons, he’ll grip a vice grip
Then he’ll follow his path home no one goes hungry tonight!
This land so pure, clear, unpolluted so far
Will always be his Regal Domain
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
6th June 2013

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How could they take so much?
Without so much as a touch
Their eyes hidden behind their shifty, sneaky interiors
Sneak in without a word
Thieves in the daylight
Moonless night
Sneaking in under a dark, dark cloud
Their world sunless, starless
Shadowy, ghostly and cagey
Their furtive, secretive, stealthiest world
They take your belongings
Your heart and soul
The most treasured possessions
And use them for their own ends
Leaving you weak, helpless
Leaving you with the barest of barest
Leaving you vulnerable
Defenceless, powerless
Take a long, long look at those eyes
Those prying, spying eyes
They are all around us, you and I!
Watching and waiting
For the moment to strike, strike so hard!
Hard enough that you will not notice
They are there behind our backs
They are there in front of our faces
They are there to the left and to the right
And they will strike
Strike with might!
Any time of the day or night
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
6th June 2013

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#ASMSG An Interview by Teresa Joseph Franklin with Author Selena Haskins

An Interview by Teresa Joseph Franklin with Selena Haskins

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m a woman who wears many hats- a mom, wife, writer, and a good friend to many. For me, life’s a juggling act, but you have to find the humor in it to keep yourself going. I’m from the Nation’s Capitol (Washington, DC), currently living in the suburbs with my family. I’m a collector of positive and funny quotes, and I use them to inspire and humor myself other people.
1.     What do you do when you are not writing? I’m a huge basketball fan, and I love the Boston Celtics. You’ll find me watching the game on TV or playing the game. I will confess that I am a gamer.
2.     Do you have a day job as well? Thankfully I do, especially in this economy. I work in the field of budget and financing, my worse subjects in school but here I am doing the very thing my teachers said I would end up doing. LOL.
3.     When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and I began to take it seriously by the time I got to high school. I published my first book, A River Moves Forward in February 2013.
4.     How did you choose the genre you write on? I found myself reading books by authors who had similar writing styles, and their stories attracted me most of all, so I chose Contemporary Urban Fiction.
5.     Where did you get your ideas from? Life. My experiences and living vicariously through the experiences of others. Sometimes ideas are also sparked by an event I may see or a song I may hear, it’s the little things too that I can turn into a story.
6.     Do you ever experience writer’s block? Yes, with “A River Moves Forward” I experienced it because originally the story was about three sisters living in the south. I developed writer’s block and left it alone for almost a year before I picked it up again.
7.     Do you work with an outline or just write? I just write. I generally have an idea of how I want to start and end it, but as I write, the story eventually tells itself.
8.     Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either by growing up or as an adult? I’m inspired by certain authors and their books. I love J. California Cooper, Margaret Johnson-Hodge, Connie Briscoe, Nicholas Sparks, and Omar Tyree. I think my work show a little bit of all of those authors combined together because I address issues in the urban community, I also write what I believe will be inspirational to people, and I love putting them in a happy place too and that’s where romance comes into play.
9.     Can you tell me about your challenges in getting your first book published? I’m an indie author so the challenge has been making all the decision on my own and using my own resources to make them happen.
10.                         If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change? I wouldn’t change anything because this experience, although challenging at times, it has been educational. I prefer to have learned all of that I have now rather than   ten years later discover ‘oh, I could have did it this way all along.’
11.                         How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre? Direct sells work for me. People love meeting authors face-to-face, either at book signings, events, or just from everyday travels. I’m always promoting my book and I try to make sure I keep them on hand to sell. There is no middle-man so I get all the proceeds and the opportunity to connect with readers at the same time.
12.                         Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?  I tried to publish a story I had years ago through mainstream publishing, but it didn’t work out. However, I’m going to rewrite that story eventually, and publish it through Calidream Publishing the same way I did with A River Moves Forward.  
13.                         Can you tell us about your upcoming book? My upcoming book will be the sequel to A River Moves Forward, it’s called “Riding the Waves.”
14.                         Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? It’s a mixture of both.
15.                         What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why? My favorite part in A River Moves Forward is the love- triangle scene between Dean, Angie and Connie. I liked it because I felt the emotions of each character were true-to-life.   
16.                         How did you come up with the title? The title of A River Moves Forward  came from a poem that a character Gina “Baby” Morris wrote. It’s meaning is the theme of the book, which is all rivers move forward despite what lies beneath─ debris, rocks, sticks etc. In life, we all have a part of our past that may be hard to overcome like those rocks, sticks and debris that lie underneath the water, but we must move forward to receive our blessings.
17.                         What project are you working on now? I’m working on the sequel, “Riding the Waves.”
18.                         Will you have a new book coming out soon? It will be the sequel, “Riding the Waves.” Hopefully, it will be ready by the end of this year or early next year.
19.                         Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with? In the sequel I bring back all of the main characters and introduce new ones. I love working with Connie and Dean and I’ve become attached to them like they’re real people. LOL.
20.                         What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?  I’m my toughest critic because I’m a perfectionist. Unfortunately, as a result of trying to write things “perfectly” I may overlook what some may feel is very important to a story while others may not. The best compliment I have received is being told that I have the gift of storytelling. Readers have said that I have a way of grabbing their attention and keeping them there all the way to the end.   
21.                         Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? Remember your window of opportunity is always there, because dreams never expire!
22.                         Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans? I’m grateful for being given the opportunity to share my stories with the world. I’m so happy that readers are becoming fans who are anxiously awaiting the sequel. I’m thankful that readers spent their hard earned money on a first-time author like me. To be able to give them a good story in return is truly a blessing. Thank you very much!
 Thank you Selena for taking time to do this interview, you certainly are a busy lady! and I am sure that everyone will enjoy your books too. And may I also say a very warm welcome to Poetry In Motion to, and I especially am looking forward to your poetry and being part of the Anthology with us Poets.
Please take some time and browse through Selena's Author website, Facebook page and do please follow Selena on Twitter too.
Selena has also kindly supplied her book link information as well below
My many thanks once again Selena for taking the time out to do this interview 

Selena’s Author website:

Book link information:

Wednesday, 5 June 2013



Bent and buckled
The lowest of the lowest
The gutter sniper
The one that deserves to be there
Oh yeah!
Well heck if that is what you
Think and believe
Watch this!
Fifty, fifty
I let it happen
Oh what a fool
Intrusion too
What the heck was I supposed to do?
Heck I’m still standing
My defenses
Gained access too
Creeping around
Oh what a fool
Believed you
Thought that you were trustworthy
Oh what a fool
So here it is
My own re-birth
Out of the traps
Free as a bird
No one’s fool
Helping hand to guide me
Reaching out
The rays so bright
This is my life
No more betrayal
No more violations
This is my voice
The one that was so in the dark
This is the time
Fly, fly
With love and forgiveness
From my heart

© Teresa Joseph Franklin
13th June 2012

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Tuesday, 4 June 2013



Just like
Romeo and Juliet’s
Two wolf packs
Very much alike
With dignity and pride
But keeping themselves far and wide
But these two lovers met
And never wanted to depart

The lover’s quest
Began in a land so far and wide
One family on one side
And the other family
On the border
Both looking and growling
On opposites side of the line
Calling the pair back to the pack
Where they reside

The lover’s quest
Broke free
From both their families
Running wild and free
Away from the pain and misery
They travelled the lands
Far and wide
Their quest to find their own
Through trials
And their own tribulations

The lover’s Quest
The pair found their own den
Happy as can be
Away from all that was
And their own families

This quest
For our Romeo and Juliet
Is at its best
Their nest was built
More solidly than their own before
Happier, gladly
This quest has led them both
With their own wolf cubs
From heavens store
What more could they have ever asked for?

Our Romeo and Juliet
Rest now in heavens clouds
Just how it should be
Below they see their one and only child
With a love so pure and simple
By his side

© Teresa Joseph Franklin
30th April 2012

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Sunday, 2 June 2013



This great beam of light
So sunny
In delight
Always at her best
This shaft of light
So bright
Within Mother Nature
Her best
And at most
Ever more
All to enjoy
Walking within the forests
Her sunrays
Drawing you in
All the shades of green
The forest floor
Like a beautiful carpet
Walk within
The invitation is there
To be enjoyed
Breath in the air
Clean, fresh
This cannot be found elsewhere
The beauty
The splendor
This wonder of our Mother Earth’s
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
19th July 2012

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